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China's growing thirst for wine has spawned a new crop of connoisseurs, inspired prize-winning domestic producers and even attracted a several top international tasting competition. More than 300 experts from around the world gathered at a luxury hotel in Beijing last weekend to taste 9,000 wines from 50 countries.China ranks fifth in the world for wine consumption after the U.S., France, Italy and Germany.Over the next five years, China is expected to become the world's second-largest consumer of wine, behind only the U.S ..tags Wine was more a symbol of "prestige" five years ago, Havaux agreed.As a result of this growing passion, China in 2017 imported 750 million liters of foreign wine, according to customs data – 20 percent up on the previous year.The arrival of e-commerce has changed the landscape for Chinese wine lovers.Chinese wine producers have responded by gaining more experience, training overseas and buying in better equipment.
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