Tasting time Beijing: Taittinger, Gerard Bertrand, I Am Paradox

The parade of wine events continues in Beijing with the next few days seeing more than a half-dozen tastings and dinners. Tonight sees everything from a free Petit Bordeaux tasting at Amigo to an organic wine and food dinner at the Hilton to a Taittinger Champagne dinner at the newer Hilton in Wangfujing. Add in Aria’s World Series Wines, an Osso Bucco dinner at Sequoia, and a Pio Cesare Italian wine dinner, along with the I Am Paradox follow-up at OT Lounge this Sunday, and it kind of feels like Beijing sips while the world economy burns.

Here’s the lineup for the next week (for the longer-term view, check this events page. It is always best to confirm details with the organizer.)

Thursday, December 11, 7-8.30 PM, Amigo (Central Park), free
Petit Bordeaux wine tasting; buy two, get one free promotion during event; to RSVP, visit www.topcellar.com.cn, email to marketing@topcellar.com.cn, or call 13691-079-531.

Thursday, December 11, 7 PM, Chynna Restaurant (Hilton Wangfujing), RMB628
Taittinger Champagne dinner
, with owner Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger matching wine and Chinese food; by Torres China; RSVP with Sophie Sun at sophie@torres.com.cn / 5165-5519, x208.

Thursday, December 11, 7 PM, One East on Third (Hilton), RMB400 + 15%
Organic wine and food dinner, with 5 Gerard Bertrand wines; by East Meets West; to RSVP, contact Wendy Jiang at wendy@emw-wines.com / 6445-5787, x8006.

Friday, December 12, 7 PM, Aria (China World Hotel), RMB1388
World Series of Wine: Hidden Gems, with Summergate; RSVP with Carol Gao at carol.gao@shangri-la.com / 6505-2266, x36.

Friday, December 12, 6:30 PM, Sequoia Cafe, RMB248
Osso Bucco dinner, with 3 courses paired with 3 wines; RSVP via E-vite; to get on the list, call Frank Siegel at 13701-178-073.

Saturday, December 13, 7 PM, St. Regis Hotel, RMB888
Pio Cesare Italian wine dinner, with the winery’s Cesare Benvenuto presenting Barolo and Barbaresco; by Torres China; RSVP with Sophie Sun at sophie@torres.com.cn / 5165-5519, x208. –

Sunday, December 14, 6-11:30 PM, OT Lounge, RSVP required
I Am Paradox, II; with 100+ wines available at 50% off; “Feel free to try, drink and buy”; by French Wine Paradox; RSVP with Charles Carrard at ccarrard.fwp@gmail.com / 8407-5067.

Wednesday, December 17, 6:30 PM Grand Millennium Hotel, RMB350
Chateau Ste. Michelle wine dinner, with ASC; RSVP with Helen Lu at eventsbj@asc-wines.com or 6587-3803.

If you intend to attend any of the above events, it is best to confirm the details with the venue ahead of time. To get a wine event listed, send event info to beijingboyce@yahoo.com.

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