Wine importers uncork new markets in China

China's government-directed austerity drive has exposed the distortions in the market for fine wine, but the country's growing middle class will present wine importers with a long-term opportunity.

When an angry mob of up to a thousand protestors barged their way into the private banquet of a local communist party official in Jiangsu province last year, they had no way of knowing the effect they would have on China’s wine industry.

The protestors had rushed to the dinner of minor local official Zhang Aihua after seeing pictures on social media showing the expensive treats he had laid out for his guests.

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