The Land of Turpan, Part One: Wine
    2012-07-05 10:32:19         Web Editor: Mao Yaqing

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Wine has been produced in Turpan for over 2,000 years. The record shows large vineyards and wine production during the Han dynasty. Turpan is mostly desert with an extreme climate. It's very hot and very dry, with a low elevation, which makes the wine sweet.

Drinking wine has three simple steps - look, smell and taste. First look at the color and clarity. Good clarity means it's a good wine. Second, smell it. Smell it without swirling to get the wine's natural aroma. Then gently swirl in a couple of times to release the wine's aroma. You could even give it a third, hearty swirl to release even more aromas. So then, how to taste the wine? Have a big mouthful! Swish it around in your mouth like mouthwash. This allows the flavor to linger on your tastebuds and cover your mouth.

Right now we have two vineyards. One is located near Ayding Lake. One is below Flaming Mountain, in a valley between the mountains. That's the place with water - the source of a karez well.

A vineyard in the Turpan Depression. [Photo:]

A vineyard in the Turpan Depression. [Photo:]


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