September 2007

Wine Weekend V: Grapes and Greek gods

September 28, 2007 // 0 Comments

I owed myself a weekend of fun for ages and cashed in last Friday, Saturday and Sunday by attending five wine events. Here’s number five: Sometimes you need to cut your losses. After four fun wine events, I pushed Lady Luck when Sir Campbell T called last Sunday afternoon about a wine auction being held at a new store – Dionysus – in Jianwai Soho. I made a hasty retreat from The Rickshaw, met Sir C, and headed for Soho where, with the help of Cafe Europa‘s Joseph, gained entrance to an open-air event being held in the middle of […]

Wine-a-thon: 11 countries, 150 wines, 188 kuai

September 28, 2007 // 0 Comments

Torres China is organizing “Taste of the Nations” at Traders Hotel Beijing on November 3. The 188-kuai entry fee gets you more than 150 wines from 11 nations, not to mention free appetizers and live performances. Space is limited, so reserve yours by contacting Sophie (5165-5519, extension 208 / sophie@torres.com.cn). Note: Get more info on the Chinese wine scene – go to Facebook, search “China Wine” and join the group.

Wine Weekend IV: A grape-stomping time

September 27, 2007 // 2 Comments

I owed myself a weekend of fun for ages and cashed in Friday, Saturday and Sunday by attending five wine events. Here’s number four: We be jammin’ A winery-touring, grape-stomping, bottle-uncorking day lay ahead as ten of us boarded a bus in Guomao on Sunday morning and headed to Chateau Bolongbao, outside the city, for a harvest festival. Just over an hour later we disembarked and walked past row upon row of grape-heavy vines as we headed toward the well-kept facilities, set amid the mountains. The stroll alone justified the trip out of typically smoggy Beijing. The festival kicked off […]

Wine Weekend III: One year for wine bar

September 26, 2007 // 1 Comment

I owed myself a weekend of fun for ages and cashed in Friday, Saturday and Sunday by attending five wine events. Here’s number three: It took (exactly) one year but I finally made it to Houhai wine bar Le Baie des Anges last Saturday night for its first-year anniversary party. The layout is tight but cozy, with two seating areas separated by a bar with space for a half-dozen people. There are about ten wines by the glass and prices are reasonable – two roses and a house red set me back 110 kuai. The wait staff is friendly, though […]

Wine Weekend II: Cabs, quizzes and sauerkraut

September 25, 2007 // 2 Comments

I owed myself a weekend of fun for ages and cashed in last Friday, Saturday and Sunday by attending five wine events. Here’s number two: The Beijing Wine Club organized a full evening of fun – including a blind tasting, food and quiz – last Saturday night at Sequoia Cafe. Here’s what attendees received for the 220-kuai entry fee: A blind tasting of two whites A blind tasting of two reds Barbecued sausages, salad, beans, sauerkraut, brownies and more, accompanied by a nice Shiraz-Grenache Two quizzes with an excellent mix of questions ranging from easy to challenging: name three of […]

Wine Weekend 1: Reds, whites and you

September 25, 2007 // 2 Comments

I owed myself a weekend of fun for ages and cashed in Friday, Saturday and Sunday by attending five wine events. Here’s number one: The task: to blind taste nine Chinese wines. The goal: to pick a favorite red and white. The rules: each taster received two poker chips and voted by placing them in the boxes fronting the wines they liked. Simple enough: here are the results of a tasting, held last Friday night at Sequoia Cafe, and my notes and grades (and as mentioned ad infinitum, I am not a wine expert, merely a humble consumer): The whites […]

Stop whining, start wining…

September 18, 2007 // 0 Comments

Getting provincial: Shandong’s Catai… or Shanxi’s Grace? For those who complain that Chinese wine is rotgut, here’s a chance to shelve big wineries such as Great Wall, Changyu, et al and give the work of smaller China wineries a shot. This Friday, Sequoia Cafe features a blind tasting of a red and a white from four of the more interesting outfits, including: Huadong (Shandong), which a few years back received praise from the likes of Jancis Robinson for its Riesling. Taillan (Hebei), a French joint venture outside Beijing run by winemaker / Sequoia Cafe regular Alain Leroux. Grace (Shanxi), considered […]

A Baie des Anges birthday

September 18, 2007 // 0 Comments

Saturday marks the first-year anniversary of Houhai area bar la Baie des Anges. Get into the birthday spirit with some cake, a quiz and quality music, plus specials on wine all night. Check out the bar’s website or call 6657-1605. Thinking it’s too hard to find? Well, there’s a handy map below While you’re in the area you might drop into Buffalo, a bar best known for its billboards that proclaim wisdomatic tidbits such as “Shangri-La is in your mind, but your buffalo is not” (see this China Daily review). The map to la Baie des Anges…

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