Gus Jian Zhu MW

Gus is the first Chinese national Master of Wine. He entered the wine world as a wine educator under the guidance of Fongyee Walker MW and Edward Ragg MW, the founders of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting. In 2017, he graduated with the Master of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. Gus’ commitment to the academic field of wine is evidenced by his MW dissertation about the sensory science of wine; and by co-authoring a review paper, “A Quarter Century of Wine Pigment Discovery”, published in the Journal of Food and Agriculture.

Gus provides wine education and consulting services to global wine professionals and consumers. He is currently a residential educator of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting and a guest lecturer of Napa Valley Wine Academy. He also gives tutorials and feedback to worldwide Diploma candidates in the WSET Online Classroom.

A matter of taste: exploring the differences between the palates of Chinese and Chinese American wine professionals

There are many ways of examining a specific market. Yet, one cannot have a comprehensive understanding of the wine market without knowing the cultural context. This presentation is going to be a cultural tour that explores the similarities and differences between the palates of Chinese and Chinese American wine professionals.