On a recent trip to see wine growers in California, there was some consternation about the continued plentiful supply of the 1998 vintage in shops across China.
Despite the fact that 1998 was a tough year for winemakers in many parts of the world, there appears to be no shortage of the vintage among Chinese retailers.
So what's the explanation? Good old fashioned superstition, experts reckon.
In China the number 8 is considered lucky and such superstitions cut a lot of mustard among much of the population.
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