Every week at ‘Wine & Bites’, you can enjoy a rotating selection of eight quality imported wines along with four specially crafted dishes from the XO Bar kitchen. Both wines and food menus will rotate weekly.
Entry is RMB 150 for all BottlesXO app users. Spaces are limited, so don’t forget to RSVP at email@example.com.
When: Every Thursday, 19:00 – 21:00
Where: XO Bar, 237 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu, Shanghai
Ca’ di Alte Prosecco (¥125)
Who wants some fun facts about prosecco? In Treviso, where it’s made, they have so much prosecco that they service it on draft! We’re not in Treviso, so we can’t do that. Sorry for getting your hopes up. What we can do is give you this, a light prosecco with effortlessly smooth bubbles. It’s so good and so moreish that you’ll be thanking good old Antonio Carpenè for his genius by the time the bottles done.
Ca’ di Alte Pinot Grigio (¥95)
Straw yellow in color, this wine has delicate citrus per-fumes, an attractive biscuity character and light floral notes. Great finesse with a fresh, rounded finish. Wines made from the Pinot gris, a grape that originates in Burgundy in the 13th century, vary greatly and are dependent on the region they are from. Pinot Grigio from Italy is a light-bodied, often lean wine that is light in color with sometimes spritzy flavors. The vines are harvested early, retaining as much fresh acidity as possible.
Feudo Maccari Grillo (¥130)
A Grillo white wine that has earned such accolades as a rating of 92 from leg-endary wine critic James Suckling, created by the Moretti family in Sicily. The island that sits right by the ‘tip of the boot’ at the south of Italy is a location that isn’t known for it’s white wine – in fact, it is most famous for exports like Nero d’Avola reds and sweet Marsala wines… but don’t let that fool you. With this bottle, the father and daughter team behind Feudo Maccari tried to make a white wine that did their beautiful island justice. They definitely succeeded.
Heinz Schmitt Erben Riesling (¥145)
Always thought Rieslings were way to sweet? Think again. This extra-dry version of Germany’s finest wine export has plenty of sly sugary notes – think candied fruit and caramel – but its crisp and fresh enough to satisfy any lover of a serious bottle of white.
Gris de Tamary Rosé (¥135)
Ever feel like you want to get away? How does a trip to the French Riviera sound? We don’t do flight tickets, but we do have the next best thing: a bottle of rosé that will make you feel like you’re lounging on a sunbed in Saint Tropez. The best rosé comes from this region, Côtes de Provence, which also houses the legendary Pampellone beach.
Poggio Civetta Chianti (¥95)
The Rossettis, the family behind Poggio Civetta, produces this particular Chianti, a clan in which winemaking runs so deep that the family grandmother (let’s call her “Mama Rossetti”) is still involved in the day-to-day production! You know what is? That’s passion.
NorteSur Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon (¥120)
An organic Spanish red wine with a long finish and a bouquet of red berries and cherries. Made with grapes grown without a trace of the pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers on the soil that are present in mass-produced bottles. 100% organic, created by a winery that’s 100% dedicated to the principles of organic and biodynamic winemaking.
Château Montcabrier Bordeaux Supérieur (¥130)
This is a classic “Right Bank” Bordeaux blend. What does that mean? That means it’s made with the grapes you’d usually find in wines created east of the Garonne River that splits Bordeaux in two: juicy Merlot with a small twist of Cabernet Franc.
Château Recougne Bordeaux Supérieur (¥150)
A deep, powerfully structured and locally renowned wine grown on the sandy clay slopes of Fronsac in Bordeaux. It is a gold standard Bordeaux Superieur wine, a designation given to wines from Bordeaux that signifies that vines are planted closer to ensure competition and, as a result, better health. Bottled at a minimum of two years after harvest, the end result is fullness, elegance and intense flavour.
Kurt Angerer Zweigelt Barrique (¥160)
A soft, sweet red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry, vanilla and plum and a lightly spicy cherry finish. Austria is, we admit, mostly famous for delicious white wines. But, if there’s any bottle that’ll show there’s far more to the wonderful world of Austrian grapes, it’s Zweigelt.