Beijing wine dinners: Ferrer Bobet, Palmer, Latour-Martillac, Portal del Priorat and a trio of Austrians

High-altitude wines from Ferrer Bobet
High-altitude vineyards of Ferrer Bobet (ferrerbobet.com)

Some nice wine dinners on the slate in Beijing, with plenty more to come, no doubt, as a stream of trade people pop into our fair city before and after VinExpo in Hong Kong in late May. If I could only attend one of the following five, I’d probably pick the May 10 dinner at Niajo where winemaker Raul Bobet will present wines from his high-altitude vineyards in Spain. I tasted several of these wines last year at The Loop and found them excellent.

The Niajo lineup will include white wines Ekam (Riesling, Albariño) and Taleia (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon) and red wines Acusp (Pinot Noir), Ferrer Bobet (Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon) and Thalarn (Syrah). Slated for five hours — 6 PM to 11 PM! — this looks like an event to remember or, depending on how much you drink, forget. The importer is DS Wines, the dinner is rmb598 per person and you can RSVP via table (at) niajo.com / 5208-6052. See the menu here.

That’s not to say the following four dinners are not well worth your while. There will be some mighty fine imbibing at all of them:

  • On May 10, the Waldorf Astoria will host a Chateau Latour-Martillac wine dinner. The evening will include a vertical tasting of the flagship label from 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2010 as well as several other wines, led by co-owner Edouard Kressmann. The Beijing distributor is China Wines and Spirits. (7 PM, May 10, rmb690, RSVP via events (at) china-wines-and-spirits.com / 13524327779, see menu here.)
  • May 15 will see Alfredo Arribas of Spain present five of his wines, all of which include grenache in one form or another, at Daccapo in Regent Beijing. These wines are distributed here by East Meets West. (May 15, rmb480, see menu here.)
  • On May 16, winemaker Thomas Duroux and Asia export manager Damien Grelat will lead a Chateau Palmer dinner at restaurant Aria in China World Hotel. The lineup will include the flagship wine from 2007, 1998 and 1986 as well as Alter Ego 2007 and Vin Blanc 2011. (6:30 PM, May 16, rmb1688, RSVP via eventsbj (at) asc-wines.com / 5695-1749, see menu here.)
  • And on May 22, Austrian Master of Wine Andreas Wickhoff will head a five-course dinner paired with wines from his homeland, at Brian McKenna at The Courtyard. The lineup includes wines from Wieninger, Loimer and Heinrich and covers grapes such as Riesling, Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir. (7 PM, May 22, rmb1000, RSVP via hao (at) thewinerepublic.com 5869-7050, see menu here.)

(Note: Humans — like me — err. It doesn’t hurt to double-check dates, times and prices for events you wish to attend.)

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