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The Dragon Phoenix Story

Introducing Dragon Phoenix

“At the cutting-edge of Chinese wine education”

Decanter Magazine

 

Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting was co-founded by Fongyee Walker MW and Edward Ragg MW in Beijing in 2007.

Specialists in wine education and professional tasting since 1999, Fongyee and Edward share over thirty years of experience
in higher education having taught at Cambridge and Tsinghua Universities. Edward and Fongyee are joined by a team of passionate educators, all former DP students, teaching in our classrooms across China.

Dragon Phoenix also provides fully independent wine consultancy services for the China market(s) working with the China
trade as well as private consumers, corporate groups, international wine companies, individual wineries, wine trade bodies and
clients requiring detailed market research.

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DP Founders

Edward Ragg MW

Co-Founder

Edward is a published poet, literary critic, wine writer and wine educator. 

He became a Master of Wine (MW) in 2019, following completion of his MW research paper on China’s major importers and their portfolio management strategies during 2008-2018. He won the Robert Mondavi Winery Award for the best performance across the MW Theory examinations and the Quinta do Noval Award for the best MW research paper. With Fongyee Walker MW, Edward is the only other resident Tutor of the WSET Level 4 Diploma in mainland China. He is also a Certified WSET Educator/Assessor and holds SWE and Court of Master Sommeliers qualifications.

Edward was previously the first foreigner to be appointed an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures (est. 1926) at Tsinghua University where he taught literature in English and established the university’s first wine course and the Tsinghua University Wine Association (est. 2012). He is an internationally recognised expert on the work of American poet – and Burgundy tippler – Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). In 2017 he left Tsinghua to pursue his writing and career in wine.

Edward has written for The World of Fine Wine Magazine, Decanter Magazine, Tong Magazine, La Revue du Vin de France (China), The Drinks Business, Harpers Wine and Spirit, Meininger’s Wine Business International and Spirito diVino Asia, among other titles. He is co-author (with Fongyee) of The Cambridge University Guide to Blind Wine Tasting (2004, rev. 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).

A former Captain of the Cambridge Varsity Blind-Tasting Team (2001), Edward began judging wine at the International Wine Challenge (UK, 2005). He has judged for leading Chinese magazines and at Chinese wine challenges (Shanghai International Wine Challenge, Wine 100, International Wine Challenge China). He was guest international judge at the McLaren Vale Wine Show (2012) and also judged at the Perth Royal Wine Show (2017). In 2019 he returned to the Perth Royal Wine Show as guest international judge.  In addition, he is the Chinese wine reviewer for The Wine Advocate.

Contact: edward@dpwc.co

Fongyee Walker MW

Co-Founder, MD & Chief Educator

Fongyee Walker MW is mainland China’s most qualified wine educator having passed her Master of Wine (MW) examinations on top of years of experience as a teacher in various fields.

She is a leading WSET Certified Educator and Assessor teaching all over China; and is the only other wine educator in mainland China (with Edward Ragg) permitted to teach the WSET’s flagship qualification, the Level 4 Diploma in Wines. As winner of the Errazuriz Award for the best performance in the MW Business of Wine Paper (2016), she is especially interested in global markets and global trends.

Fongyee is a Mandarin Chinese-English education specialist and popular TV presenter. She is the only person in Asia permitted to teach Germany’s VDP Association courses and is a Riesling Fellow of the German Wine Institute. Fongyee also works with a wide range of other trade bodies and individual wineries.

A popular wine presenter, who played a significant part in the wine documentary film Red Obsession (2013), Fongyee created her own food-and-wine show Wok ‘n’ Wine travelling China to explore regional cuisines and wines from all over the world. Wok ‘n’ Wine had over 4 million views in its first season on various Chinese platforms.

An experienced wine judge, Fongyee judges for leading Chinese magazines, select Chinese wine shows and internationally. Recent and pass appearances include: the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, the Wines of Chile Awards, the Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards, the Old Mutual Trophy, the Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia, the Limestone Coast Wine Show, the Langhorne Creek Wine Show and Canberra International Riesling Challenge. Fongyee is also a former consultant to Air New Zealand, has co-chaired of Shanghai’s Wine 100 competition and selects the wines for mainland China’s first subscription wine club service SigWine.

Fongyee writes for several Chinese and international wine publications and is co-author (with Edward Ragg) of The Cambridge University Guide to Blind Wine Tasting (2004, rev. 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Contact tel: +86 10 5960 4050

DP History

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Dragon Phoenix established in Beijing by Fongyee Walker and Edward Ragg

Dragon Phoenix teaches its first WSET course in Beijing

Dragon Phoenix teaches its 100th WSET student and, later in 2010, its 200th!
Dragon Phoenix begins teaching in Shanghai

Edward creates the first course in wine at Tsinghua University

Dragon Phoenix teaches its 500th WSET student

Dragon Phoenix opens its first classroom in Chongqing

Dragon Phoenix teaches its 1,000th WSET student
Dragon Phoenix opens its first classroom in Chengdu

Dragon Phoenix opens its first Shanghai classroom

Fongyee becomes a Master of Wine
Dragon Phoenix launches its popular Wine Wednesday evening class programme
Dragon Phoenix opens its first classroom in Dalian

Dragon Phoenix is awarded the Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year (2016)
Dragon Phoenix opens its first classroom in Shenyang
Dragon Phoenix celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Beijing with all educators from across China and our students past and present!

Dragon Phoenix teaches its 2,000th WSET student and honours it 10th WSET Diploma holding educator

Edward Ragg and Gus Zhu become Masters of Wine. Gus is the first Chinese national to become an MW.

Dragon Phoenix established in Beijing by Fongyee Walker and Edward Ragg

DP Team

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

During my time studying at Dragon Phoenix, I have really felt the joy of learning and I believe it has been the most wonderful learning experience of my life. Due to my lack of professional knowledge in wine and a relatively weak foundation in English, I felt a sense of pressure and difficulty when I first started. But with the help of Dragon Phoenix, I was able to pursue my dream. Our teachers are mainly Fongyee Walker MW and her husband Edward Ragg, both of whom have a very high professional knowledge and make the classes extremely vivid and wonderful. Dragon Phoenix keeps on impressing me!

QIAN DONGXIAO - Beijing

WSET Level 4 Diploma Graduate

Studying for and completing the WSET Diploma Award in Wines and Spirits at Dragon Phoenix was not a particularly difficult experience, but it was never easy! Fongyee’s analysis of the WSET Level 4 Diploma course structure is very important and highlighted to me how, although each unit is independent, the learning is holistic. Xing Wei also provided some support with exam answering skills, which was very helpful and allowed us to understand exam strategy better.

GUO YUE - Beijing

WSET Level 4 Diploma Online Course Graduate

I started the two-year WSET Level 4 Diploma course in September 2015. I am very fortunate to have learnt about wine from Fongyee and Edward – especially in regards to blind-tasting and wine business knowledge – because if you only count on yourself it will be a long process of accumulation. Also, in the selection of wine, Dragon Phoenix is very conscientious. They always try to use some typical but sometimes hard-to-find wines and many wines have been brought by educators when they travelled abroad. Dragon Phoenix’s logistics are, frankly, perfect. Ding Li (we call her “Boss Ding”), who is Dragon Phoenix’s WSET Level 4 Course Co-ordinator, works really hard to help everyone customize their study plans so that we have no worries and can concentrate on the exam. Every time exam results come out, she will inform us straight away. I must say, in the two years of studying, Boss Ding's emails and WeChat messages are my most anticipated things! Finally, I feel that my biggest motivation in learning WSET Level 4 is the inspiration from Fongyee and Edward and their attitude towards wine. After I passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines, my curiosity about wine became even stronger and I am now eager to continue learning even more.

DUAN XIAOLEI - DALIAN

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines Graduate

I am a Vice President of a liquor franchising company. In 2017, I was very fortunate to study at Dragon Phoenix and have gone from being a total beginner to a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines holder, passing with ‘Distinction’. I am very thankful to Dragon Phoenix as I have gained a lot! As I work in wine selection, I am very aware of the importance of wine professionalism and developing a systematic understanding of wine. But this was something in which I felt a lack of experience. Dragon Phoenix has helped put me in the right direction and find the perfect solution. The systematic learning and training at Dragon Phoenix has helped me a lot in my work in wine selection. All my thanks to Dragon Phoenix, to Fongyee, Xing Wei, Liu Chang and Tang Zhu.

LI QIANG - SHENYANG

DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate

In 2017, I came to Dragon Phoenix to study. I started right at the beginning, then did the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits and then the WSET Level 3 Awards in Wines. I took part in numerous small courses also. Not only have I met a group of professional teachers and friends, but I have also gained great professional knowledge. With this, I am determined to step into the wine industry!

ZHAO LIN - Beijing

DP Advanced Wine Certificate Graduate, Frequent Student of DP Focus Courses