By Jim Boyce As I am a fan of the Palette Wines portfolio and of enjoying a few bottles with friends in cozy hutong surroundings, the combination of the two is bound to be a winner. Since writing last October about the Dongsishitiao branch of Palette Vino, in Beijing, I have returned four times to enjoy the reasonably priced wines and relaxed atmosphere. Palette Vino scores on several fronts. The prices are slightly above retail and thus about as low as you can find in the city, with wines on the by-the-glass menu from RMB30 and many of the several […]
By Jim Boyce The Simply Bordeaux 2009 tour recently stopped in Beijing to promote the “top 100” wine selections for China as chosen at a tasting held in January. I participated in that tasting with three wine experts in Shanghai – we judged more than 300 different bottles of Bordeaux in just over two days. The invitation to join the panel surprised me because I am neither a wine expert nor had I tried so many wines in such a short time, so I give kudos to CIVB for taking the risk of involving a consumer. (Note: I wrote two […]
Prepare your palates for these upcoming events on the Beijing wine circuit. No surprise, Beaujolais Nouveau is the wine du jour – yes, it’s a huge marketing gimmick, but the parties can be fun. For a change of pace, check out the Friday tasting at Sequoia Cafe (Sanlitun), which takes a break from wine this week and has four different Aussie brews for 100 kuai. (Note: The list below is based on email from wine distributors and on that’s Beijing and Beijing Talk magazines. It’s best to double-check details with the organizer.) November 1-18, Carrefour’s Shuang Jing store (5190-9589) Autumn wine fair November 13, […]
Prepare your palates for these upcoming events on the Shanghai wine circuit. Thanks to Grape Wall of China contributor Winopete for the details: November 11: Torbreck wine tasting at Jazz 37 (RMB198) November 11: Jamie Oliver wine masterclass at Glamour Bar (RMB150) November 14: Vega-Sicilia (Spain) wine dinner with seven wines at Gui Hua Lou Restaurant, Pudong Shangri-La (RMB1088, ouch!) November 15: Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau party at Barbarossa (all you can drink, plus snacks, RMB98) November 16: Summergate wine evening – appetizers and wine at Ambrosia, then beers at Paulaner, then dinner and wines at The Binjiang One (RMB838) […]
The Hilton holds its tenth annual Food & Wine Experience this Saturday, November 10. It’s about as must-attend as a wine event gets in Beijing. I interviewed Hilton GM Vlad Reyes and F&B Manager Philippos Arghirides about the history behind it and what we can expect this year. Boyce: How did the first Food & Wine Experience get started and what was the response from trade and the public? Reyes: In 1997, the only places people could enjoy good wines in Beijing were in hotels. With the strong reputation that our Louisiana restaurant had for its wine list, it was a […]
Hilton Beijing will mark a decade of decanted debauchery with its tenth annual Food and Wine Experience on November 9 (trade only) and 10 (open to public). Besides a wide range of wines to taste, the event covers coffee, chocolate, cooking classes, wine seminars with Jeremy Oliver, and more. The public session are from 1-5 PM: it’s 230 kuai, including a brunch buffet, or 1010 kuai for those who also want to attend a gala dinner at 7 PM. I’ll have more details soon. For now, here’s a snippet – incidentally from my very first e-newsletter – about the first Hilton Food and Wine Experience I […]
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org). Note: Get more info on the Chinese wine scene – go to Facebook, search “China Wine” and join the group.