Join us for our weekly tasting at XO to sample our unique range of wines, hang out with your fellow Shanghai wine lovers and snack on delicious freshly made canapés!
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.
Famille Perrin L’Oustalet White (¥105)
A 100% organic white wine from one of France’s finest organic wineries. Aromatic, fresh and endlessly smooth on the palate.
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.
Kurt Angerer Kies Grüner Veltliner (¥150)
Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s most famous and most planted grape: think of it as kind of like Chardonnays northern cousin. You couldn’t ask for a better introduction to than this particular wine. The 2012 vintage got a mark of 88 from Robert Parker and a 91 at Wine Enthusiast. Those are big numbers.
Hecht & Bannier Rosé (¥150)
Rosé might make you think of kicking back and taking it easy, but that doesn’t mean that making it is a piece of cake. The grapes for this one are harvested between 3AM and 9AM to avoid oxidation and grown at high altitudes to mature without getting too sugary. The result is so balanced and fresh that you’ll wish every winemaker put so much thought into their bottles.
Marrenon Classique Luberon Red (¥95)
A deep ruby red wine with an intense, elegant nose of blackcurrant, blackberry and raspberry. Full, round and balanced on the mouth. The southernmost of the ‘satellite’ appellations of the Rhône valley, Luberon’s wines are influenced by its closeness to the Mediterranean. The area has long been associated with the ‘Left Bank’ artists and intellectuals like Samuel Beckett, Ernest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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.
Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône (¥150)
A “Côtes du Rhône par Excellence”, this French red wine comes from Famille Perrin, owners of the legendary Beaucastel estate. Located in the historic Côtes du Rhônes region, the esteemed estate includes the Grand Prébois and Vinsobres vineyards, in which the grapes for the Famille Perrin Reservé Rouge were grown. The product of an ideally varied vintage and aged in stainless steel and oak, the wine is a perfect example of what makes wines from Côtes du Rhône so reliably desired and what Famille Perrin themselves refer to as “a great everyday wine”; for real wine lovers, that’s high praise indeed.
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.
Guado al Melo Rute (¥ 190)
This wine comes from Bolgheri DOC in Tuscany, which is known for its production of ‘Super Tuscan’ wines; made in Italy, but combining grapes typical to French wines from Bordeaux. This one is a classic Bolgheri blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.