China’s wine industry has attracted increasing attention in the United States. The New York Times and other media have covered aspects of the subject. Keyvan Tabari, who just returned from China visited three wineries in Penglai on the northeastern coast of the Yellow Sea as a member of a delegation from Sonoma. Hosted by the Mayor of Penglai, the trip was planned to enhance relationships between the two wine growing regions. Additionally, Keyvan visited wineries in another major wine-growing area of China, the city of Yinchuan, a thousand miles west, at the edge of the Gobi Desert and near the Yellow River. He will show slides and comment about the history of China’s wine industry, the types of wines produced, the markets for them, the number of wineries, the protocol of wine-tasting and the ownership and future of the industry.
Keyvan has cultivated a deep interest in China since the early 1960s. He has traveled extensively throughout the country and speaks from first-hand knowledge as a scholar, traveler, and interested observer. Keyvan holds a PhD in International Relations and Law from Columbia University and has practiced law in San Francisco for 30 years. He has interacted with Chinese people from all walks of life and has written on China. (http://tabarionline.com/).