From zero to Lafite, China misses its 'gateway wine'

Grace Vineyard, Shanxi, China (CNN) -- 

Every wine lover has a story of the first sip that drew them in. More often than not, it was not a glass a highly complex and expensive Bordeaux. It was likely an unsophisticated yet tantalizing bottle that rocked their world. My gateway drug to wine way back in the day -- Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill, a saccharine-sweet pink tipple best enjoyed ice cold. And for Beijing-based wine consultant and educator Fongyee Walker, it was that first bottle of grapey Black Tower. "You look at the American market, and the English market -- they were originally beer and spirits markets just like China........

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