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Essential Holiday reading-“Thirsty Dragon” Suzanne Mustacich

Written by Aksel Ritenis

“Thirsty Dragon”

Suzanne Mustacich

Dear Connoisseur Friends,Readers and Colleagues,

“I wish You all Compliments of the Season,.. and as we recover our health from the excesses of a “Vinous Christmas” and turn our attention to matters cerebral,… and some Holiday reading ,…I would encourage you to “get a hold” of this amazing and compelling book,..  I am almost finished reading it and have found it a totally rivetting and engrossing read,..,..,.. also hugely informative ,..for this is an education in both Chinese Politics,Business Practice and Mentality,.. and also illuminates the intricacies of Bordeaux.

This is the best read I have had since I came across “The Billionaires Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace”which described the “shenanigans of the Master Forger of the Thomas Jefferson Bordeaux wines.

What a Great read!” Check the Web for your local Bookshop or Amazon!

“Thirsty Dragon is a fascinating look inside China through an unusual and illuminating prism – wine. The story of China’s growing appetite for wine and the storms of adventure, greed, corruption, and folly that it unleashes are well told in this book.” Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom

 -Winner of the 2015 André Simon Book Award  

-Winner of the 2016 Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year Award

-Named Among the Best Books of the Year in Financial Times

-Named a Best Wine Book by The Wall Street Journal and San Jose Mercury News


“I enjoyed reading Thirsty Dragon, or should I say, savoring it. It goes far beyond the typical tale of Bordeaux wine connoisseurship. It’s a riveting roller coaster ride through the past decade of the West’s relations with China, offering a front-row seat on China’s relentless rise to economic power, while exposing a bitter residue of counterfeiting and corruption, all packaged in the form of an easy-to-drink glass of fine wine.”

William Echikson, author of Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Revolution


Thirsty Dragon is a fascinating look inside China through an unusual, and illuminating prism – wine. The story of China’s growing appetite for wine and the storms of adventure, greed, corruption and folly that it unleashes are well-told in this book. I found myself learning more about China from this ground-up approach than from many books that look at the big picture. Worth reading, especially with a nice glass of wine at your side.”

Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom

A wonderful endorsement for the  book Thirsty Dragon from Evan Osnos, author, China expert and staff writer at The New Yorker

“China’s fraught encounter with Bordeaux is usually depicted as a tale of mutual incomprehension, but Suzanne Mustacich reveals a more surprising story: In their appetites for risk, wealth, and prestige, the two sides have more in common than they ever imagined. For those who dream of fortune in China, this is a tale of business, hubris, and discovery.”

Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

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Aksel Ritenis

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