Double pour: Wine Republic to hold Jia Bei Lan dinner at Jaan in Raffles Beijing

By Jim Boyce

After Jia Bei Lan Dry Red 2009 won an “international award” at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, a first for a wine from China, it became a topic of much discussion. While many celebrated this milestone for China’s wine industry, some were disappointed the wine launched at nearly rmb900 per bottle, which put it beyond the reach of many. Fame has its price.

But if you are in Beijing on July 20, here is a solution: attend a dinner that will include not only dishes from crab meat to foie gras to short rib, at Jaan in the Raffles Hotel, but also wine from Australia, France and Germany and two vintages of Jia Bei Lan (2006 and 2009 Grand Reserve) for rmb588. Even better, Li Demei, the chief consultant at Helan Qing Xue, which makes Jia Bei Lan, will be on hand to talk about the wine.

The dinner is being held by The Wine Republic. To reserve a spot, email Danielle at danielle (at)

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