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A pretty face may feed you, yet it is all about talent!

《葡萄酒名人堂》有實力靠臉吃飯,卻堅持要以才華服人,《劉謙柔 Vivivan Liu》一展葡萄酒、烈酒、清酒和雪茄四大領域-女力中的溫柔!


"Wine Hall of Fame" has the power to feed oneself with a pretty face, yet determination and real talent are captivating. 《劉謙柔 Vivian Liu》main fields of expertise: Wine, Spirits, Sake and Cigars, all characterized by elegance and gentleness.


「明明可以靠臉吃飯,偏偏要靠才華」

「A pretty face may feed you, yet it is all about talent」


酒界人稱「大V」的《劉謙柔 Vivian Liu》,因固執而踏入酒界,也因好勝心跨足葡萄酒、烈酒、清酒和雪茄四大領域,想一窺她美貌的背後,是什麼動力促使她有這樣不服輸的精神,讓我們一起看下去~


「V」was the nickname which the founder of Taiwan Wine Research Institute, Professor Chen Yihua, gave to Vivian Liu, who because of stubborness did step into the wine world. At the same time, with a heart full of ambition, also enter the other 3 fields: spirits, sake and cigars. If you want to know what is behind her beauty?, What motivated her to have such perseverance? Let’s take a look at it together.



照片由劉謙柔提供

Photo courtesy of Vivian Liu



家境優渥,具有台商背景的大V-劉謙柔,因個性直接、豪爽、愛恨分明,「甚至脾氣可能差了一點」,造就她美麗羽衣下,其實有一顆獨立堅強的心,這次的採訪也特別抽絲剝繭地挖掘、洞察她生命一步一步地改變,更在疫情期間自掏腰包,雪中送炭為傳基督福音捐贈口罩給需要的人,讓神愛世人彰顯在她生命中,成為葡萄酒名人堂溫柔的代表。


V, Liu Qianrou, with an excellent family and Taiwanese business background, her straightforward personality, boldness, and clearly knowing whom or what to love or hate, even her temper might not be that good, all combined make her have an independent and strong heart hidden under her beauty. With the interview, We aim to examine and carefully pay attention to see the person she’s become-in nowadays. Even during the current epidemic, out of her own pocket, “V” decided to reach out a helpful hand by donating masks to those in need so the gospel of Jesus Christ and His love may be also spread too.



大V-劉謙柔上課的側拍/圖當事者提供

V-Liu Qianrou's In-Class photo/ Photo courtesy of V.



大V喜歡朋友叫她「柔柔」,提醒她時常要保持溫柔,她對於葡萄酒相當有見解,在還沒有iCheers的年代,她被北京的網酒網邀請過去洽談合作,當時網酒網在酒界的地位相當高,因為它創下法國波爾多五大酒莊的莊主一次飛到中國簽約的顯赫紀錄。嗅到濃厚商機的大V,本來是有機會將這個平台引進來台灣,可是因為才華被當時中國第一位WSET LEVEL 4的對方給看上,希望大V能留在北京發展,因雙方理念上有交錯而可惜沒有促成當時的合作,然而這或許是上帝最好的安排?


V likes her friends to call her “Rou Rou” which means gentle in Chinese, so it reminds her to always keep being gentle in her daily life. V has an outstanding understanding of wine, even before iCheers, she was invited to collaborate and work along with one of the most prestigious and recognized Wine and Spirits companies in Pekin and around the world. Wangjiu set a remarkable record by closing a contract with the 5 greatest wineries in Bordeaux, France, where every owner flew directly to China for contract signing purposes. The sense of business that has been companying “V”, made her realize that it was a good opportunity to bring the business into Taiwan, however the cooperation between China No. 1 WSET LEVEL 4 who was interested in working along with V. Unfortunately V could not moving forward with her original plan due to the lack of compatibility in ideas and methods or maybe it was all in God’s plan?



Winedays團隊採訪後合影/圖克拉大朋友攝影

Group photo after the interview with the Winedays staff/ Photo courtesy of Clark



葡萄酒–點燃你起初的愛

Wine - Ignite your first love


這是大V用來形容葡萄酒的一句話,的確,葡萄酒的美好,是容易讓人想起你為什麼愛你的工作?你為什麼愛你的另一半?你為什麼會愛上葡萄酒的起初?大V笑稱過去她們一眾姊妹都很愛喝酒,但每個人追求的都不一樣,在大V心中追的是酒的品質和香氣,也許當時周遭的朋友追的是酒精,心想這樣下去不行的大V上網一查,電話一打,馬上報名酒研第二班,成為【空降部隊】,意外地踏入了酒界。


This is the way “V” uses to express herself when it gets to describe wine. Indeed, the beauty of wine has the power to make you easily recall the reason why you love your work? What is it that makes you love your partner? “Why did you fall in love with wine?” V responded by laughing and followed by: “Everyone loves to drink some wine, but what everyone is really looking for is completely different”. V chases a unique quality and aroma in Wine. Perhaps, some people might be chasing alcohol only and V realized that she had that kind of person around her, so back then, without giving it a second thought, V did some online research, followed by a phone call and that was it. She already signed in for the 2nd Course of Wine and Spirits Education which opened a new world and let her step into this amazing Wine world.


當她開始學習後,發現酒研跟最初自己想像的不一樣,要學氣候、土壤、盲飲等,看似都不是她所喜歡的項目,更戲稱自己好像在當農夫的心態,因學費已經繳下去,不可能頭只洗一半的大V展現強韌不服輸的個性,應是跌破姊妹們眼鏡一舉攻下ISG L1 , WSET LEVEL 1&2的山頭,也上完LEVEL 3的課程,只差考試認證的部分。最令人感到佩服的是,她不受限制地橫跨烈酒、清酒和雪茄這三大領域,將自己的潛能逼到極限,如此的博學而專精,將自己雕琢成自己想要的傑出形象,我想這就是基督徒對於生命的熱愛和為主作鹽作光的表現。


Right after her enrollment into the course, V found out that it was quite different from what she thought it would be like earlier. Some of the techniques and/or fields that needed to be covered were: climate, soil, blind drinking, etc. It wasn’t what she actually really likes. Even worse, it felt like she was becoming a farmer and not a professional of wine. The course was already paid and things must not be done by halves, V tough personality started to develop to the point of letting V achieve the completion of the major areas of Spirits, Sake and Cigars (ISG L1, WSET LEVEL 1&2 and finished LEVEL 3) and currently waiting for the certification exam. The most admirable thing about V is her going even further, pushing her potential to the limit in learning Spirits, sake and cigars. She sculpted herself into what she wanted to become. I think this might be what a christian should represent regarding love and at the same time being the salt and light on earth.



大V在新城扶輪社雪茄Event/圖大V提供

V at New City Rotary Club - Cigar Event /Photo courtesy of V



烈酒–激情過後的省思、Sake-敞開心扉的蛻變、雪茄–感官極致挑戰

Spirits – Thoughts after Passion, Sake- Open Heart Transformation, Cigars – Senses Extreme Challenge


除了葡萄酒外,大V也對烈酒、清酒和雪茄作了人生的註解,她更特別用震攝靈魂的香氣,形容令她產生最大挫折的雪茄帶給她成功後的領悟,想2019年疫情還沒爆發,大V同時要考清酒、烈酒的認證,同時間一天也至少抽20款以上的雪茄,為傑出付出代價的大V面對排山倒海的壓力一度讓她懷疑人生,對著鏡子喃喃自語怎麼會從一個愛美到極致,看到別人抽菸就會翻白眼的女人,變成被雪茄從頭熏到腳,甚至柏金包上都是雪茄味的狼狽樣…


Besides wine, Sake, Spirits and cigars also play a main character in her life. She even uses a stunning aroma for the soul as a way to describe the cigar that caused her to feel one of the greatest frustration in her life and at the same time, brought her success and let her comprehend everything. It all happened in 2019 before the breakout, V was doing all the preparations for Sake and spirits certification exams, moreover V was smoking more than 20 cigars a day. Paying the price wasn’t that easy for V to the point of even doubting if there is any sense or meaning in what she has been doing. She found herself one day talking to herself in the mirror “How did I get here? from being a person that loves beauty, used to hate and roll my eyes at people smoking cigarettes, to a person that now it is completely in love with cigars to the point of all I can smell in my Birkin bag is Cigar”.



IACS 國際雪茄認證課程大合照/圖當事者提供

Group photo of IACS international cigar certification course / Photo courtesy of V



不過也就是有這段人生經歷,能堅持到最後的人才有資格享受甜美豐收的果實,目前她算是屈指可數同時擁有葡萄酒、烈酒、清酒和雪茄四大領域都有認證的老師,堪稱業界傳奇,走出一條自我道路的女力代表。


However, it is because of this kind of experience, only those who persist and remain committed until the end are the only ones allowed to enjoy the beauty and benefits of your hard work. Currently, V is one of the few teachers with certification in wine, spirits, sake and cigars. Known as a legend in the industry, V is a representative of womanpower who has embarked in her personal journey.



克拉大與大V於酒商品酒會合影/圖克拉大拍攝

Carat and V at Vintners Cocktail party / Photo courtesy of Clark



現在的大V專職雪茄老師,也專精到可以辨別雪茄的真偽,從她身上除了挖到寶之外,無形中她分享抽完雪茄後的口腔保養也讓葡萄酒名人堂能為有品味的你學到寶貴的知識和經驗:抽雪茄最棒的是可以讓腦中產生多巴胺,但壞處是焦油殘留於口腔,此時透過好的苦茶油漱口,直到雪茄香氣滿溢至後鼻腔,再使用溫鹽水漱口,最後刷牙清潔,這就是抽完雪茄後正確地保養小秘方,也是不讓雪茄香氣影響之後品飲酒品產生干擾的關鍵,另外她也鼓勵疫情期間大家一起做公益,不要只被媒體的風向帶著走,將資源送給有需要的人,也反擊酸民們只會擲板凳看好戲的心態。


V, currently as a full-time cigar professor, has also specialized in having the perfect technique and skill to distinguish the authenticity of cigars. Besides learning being able to find perfection among cigars, V guides her students to also learn valuable knowledge regarding oral care after you have finished smoking. One of the pros when smoking Cigars is the dopamine produced in the brain, however, one disadvantage is the tar that remains in your mouth which can be easy removed by gargling a good quality of bitter tea oil until the cigar aroma have reached your back nasal cavity, followed by gargling with warm water and salt by finishing with washing your teeth. This is the secret of how to correctly take care of yourself after every cigar. Please, do not trust social media if you see something totally different to what I have just shared in here. Instead, let’s share this information to all the people that might need it.


凡事努力不服輸,真實知道自己想要什麼?全力以赴達成目標,這就是大V帶給Winedays讀者最好的一個生命示範,女力中的溫柔,更勝無敵風火輪和段水流大師兄。


If you try hard not to lose everything, do you really know what you are pursuing? Put all effort in reaching every goal. This is the best advice that we have seen in V’s life experience. Winedays have brought you this amazing interview with encouraging purposes; to all those who need a light in the darkness or maybe only a motivation in the middle of frustration.



撰文者:〈葡萄酒名人堂〉總編輯 Clark

Author: Clark, Editor-in-Chief, "Wine Hall of Fame"


關於〈葡萄酒名人堂〉企劃


葡萄酒的愛好者都知道,開瓶無數不如高人指路。要進入葡萄酒的豐富世界,名師的指引是絕對必要的,〈葡萄酒名人堂〉企劃應運而生。被選入〈葡萄酒名人堂〉的大師,在葡萄酒界具有一定的影響力。然〈葡萄酒名人堂〉更希望透過採訪大師的理念、哲學與熱情,帶領我們進入超越葡萄酒本身的大千世界。


"Wine Hall of Fame" project


Wine lovers know that knowledge is not in the number of bottles of wine you have had but in the guidance of a professional in the field. In order to enter into the Wine world, Guidance and teaching from a known teacher is completely necessary and this is why the "Wine Hall of Fame" project was born at the right moment. The masters selected for the "Wine Hall of Fame" project, each of them has an influential and well-known name in the wine world. However, "Wine Hall of Fame" hopes to lead us all into a world beyond the wine itself by getting to know the philosophy, passion and philosophy of our professional staff.

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