Celebrating Lunar New Year


On 22 January, a quarter of the world’s population will celebrate the Lunar New Year, right across the globe.

The Lunar New Year, also known as Guo Nian or Chun Jie (Spring Festival) in the Chinese-speaking world, is a celebration that is more than 4,000 years old, and wine is woven into its traditions – even though, as author Janet Wang in her book The Chinese Wine Renaissance notes, the wine associated with Chun Jie is tusu jiu. Tusu jiu is a ‘yellow wine’, made from grains not grapes, and infused with botanicals. Probably closer to vermouth. But, she...