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With a little wine at work

(China Daily)

08:29, October 19, 2011

Tong Jinping, 48, one of the first graduates to major in fermentation, savors a sip of rice wine in the cellar of Shenyang T&C Laolongkou Brewery in Liaoning province on Oct 14. Liu Ce / China Daily

SHENGYANG - Tong Jinping's job is drinking on the job.

One sip at a time.

Walking among an array of more than 300 large jars of rice wine, Tong uncovers the red seals one by one, scoops out a mouthful with a transparent glass, examines the color and takes in its aroma.

She savors a sip, letting it linger in her mouth for a while before swallowing.

After jotting down notes on the wine, she moves on to the next meter-high jar.

Then she does it again, and again.

"Sometimes the substances in the liquor make my tongue dark after a day's work," said the 48-year-old Tong, a rice wine appraiser at the 350-year-old Shenyang T&C Laolongkou Brewery.

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