Julien Boulard was born in Alsace and arrived in China in 2003 while studying Mandarin at University. After completing a Masters Degree in International Affairs, he worked for five years for a wine importer in Nanning city, before setting up his own company – Zhulian Wines, specializing in wine education and marketing.
Not satisfied with solely mastering a foreign language, he started to study wine and became an accredited educator of the Bordeaux Wine School in China in 2008. He passed the WSET Diploma in 2012 and embarked on the Master of Wine journey in 2013.
His fluency in both spoken and written Mandarin, his reputation on Chinese social media (Weibo and WeChat), his wine knowledge and his experience as a wine educator, enabled him to become a key professional on the Chinese wine scene.
Currently he is a judge for various wine competitions in China and Hong Kong and writes sporadically when he manages to find time between teaching, tasting and daughter-caring.
The Institute of Masters of Wine – IMW
The Institute of Masters of Wine is a professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. Their Members, Masters of Wine (MWs), hold the most respected title in the world of wine. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine (MW) examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards.