By Jim Boyce
Barring last-minute problems, Enoteca should open in The Place sometime this week, says Youngju Lee, a partner in the wine bar. The Beijing outlet is the third in the Enoteca chain and follows the two opened in Shanghai during the past year, says Lee, who heads Radonda Fine Wines.
Lee says 99 percent of the wine at Enoteca is imported directly from wineries by him or his partner. “We’re not buying from other distributors, we’re cutting out the middleman,” he says. Their portfolio includes wines from France, Chile and South Africa, among other places, with Australia being the notable omissions.
Expect a lineup of eight wines by the glass. The menu will be regularly rotated, so patrons might find four reds and four whites, or three reds, three whites, and two roses, or some other mix, says Lee. Prices are expected to range from RMB35 to RMB80-90 per glass. There will also be upwards of 100 wines available by bottle. The Enoteca food menu will include tapas, pasta, and a few other items.
Planned operating hours are 10 AM to 2 AM
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