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Fongyee Walker MW

Fongyee Walker MW

Became an MW 2016

Based in China

Languages English, Mandarin


Fongyee began to study wine whilst at Cambridge reading Classical Chinese, and became captain of the University Blind Wine Tasting Team, leading them to victory in 2004. In 2007, she moved to Beijing, China and became the co-founder, with Edward Ragg, of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting. She is now a specialist wine educator and consultant in English and Mandarin. Under her direction Dragon Phoenix has become one of China's most successful wine education companies, providing taught WSET Level 4 in Mainland China. She also regularly judges, having been guest international judge for such shows as the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, AWOCA (Wines of Chile), and the Old Mutual Trophy South Africa. She was a significant contributor to the award-winning documentary film Red Obsession and has appeared as a commentator on Chinese Wine on CNN. She has written columns for Decanter Magazine, The World of Fine Wine, CaijingRibao and reviews wines for RVF China and Wine in China.

Current employer: Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting

Primary area(s) of work: Communication

Industry sector(s): Consultant, Educator, Wine judge, Wine tourism

Wine styles: Marsala, Sweet wines

Wine region expertise: Argentina, Australia, Casblanca Valley, Chile, Colchagua Valley, Georgia, Germany, Hawke's Bay, Hungary Tokaj, Limari Valley, Maipo Valley, Marlborough, Mendoza, New South Wales, New Zealand, Sicily, South Australia, Western Australia

Market expertise: China

Specialisms: Broadcasting, Events, Food and wine pairing, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Marketing wine, TV, Wine judging