Chinese people (or maybe Asian people if you include short Japanese businessmen) love to sing. They just love it.
Without getting into all of the absurdity funny and interesting parts of Chinese KTV, I wanted to briefly talk about what we drank.
As some of you know by now, the wine industry in
The argument usually goes something like this:
As more and more people in
Last night at KTV, I finally realized that wine is very different from this classic model.
We had a total of 5 bottles of wine between the 8 of us. At 180 yuan a piece (buy 4, get 1 free), we enjoyed our Cabernet…with ice, sprite and orange slices.
Yea. If you have never seen this, it is most definitely a sight to see. Just as Chinese people love mixing good whiskey with green tea, they enjoy mixing ice, sprite and red wine.
This was actually the first time I’ve seen it myself, and I realized a few things:
- After my initial hesitation, the combo was actually pretty good. It tasted sweet and yummy. Imagine the Chinese version of Sangria
- Wine wasn't drunk to be savored. It was drunk to be chugged. At no point in the night did anyone buy me try to savor and taste of the red wine itself. Everyone else just played dice with it.
- As my friend Jason has said: Chinese people love the sweet drinks. Adding sprite, ice and orange slices to a bitter wine definitely achieves that objective. Now let’s see how successful coffee-flavored coke becomes.
- Chinese people love transforming foreign things and make it their own. Look at McDonald’s, TVs at restaurants and traffic laws.
The Chinese “enjoyment” of wine is currently non-existent. There is only a very small population of people in
Everyone else has moved wine from the high-cultured place it holds in
China: creation by destruction.