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: Thursday, 2 November, 19:00 – 21:00
Where: XO Bar, 237 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu, Shanghai
Villa Marcello Prosecco (¥175)
Forget the simple party fuel: this is the classy stuff (it’ll still fuel a great party though). It’s the first vintage prosecco produced by Giovanni Mazzei, a son of one of Italy’s oldest and most respected families, and it’s made with grapes grown on his own mother Alessandra Marcello’s 57-hectare estate.
Marrenon Classique Luberon (¥95)
A brilliantly nuanced and roundly structured white wine with an intense, fruity nose of apricot and pear. The southernmost of the ‘satellite’ appellations of the Rhône valley, Luberon’s wines are influenced by its closeness to the Mediterranean. This imparts a hot, sunny climate and gives its wines a distinctive depth and boldness – it is also what makes the region one of France’s most breathtakingly diverse when it comes to plants and wildlife.
NorteSur Chardonnay (¥120)
An organic Chardonnay with exotic scents of pineapple and full flavoured freshness and acidity on the palate. This is a Spanish white wine made with Chardonnay 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.
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.
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.
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.
Herencia Altés Garnatxa Negra (¥115)
What makes this Garnatxa so special? Maybe it’s the hand-harvested grapes. Maybe it’s the love of her hometown that winemaker Nuria Altés puts into every bottle. Perhaps it’s scores of 90 from the guys Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer. Or maybe it’s simply that this smooth, fruit-forward bottle tastes so, so good.
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.
Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja (¥160)
The Hazañas of old Spain were the “illustrious deeds and exploits of Spain’s literary heroes”, like Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. This Hazaña wine, created by partners Nuria Altés and Rafael de Haan, aims to channel that vibrant history. Ancient Spanish heroes are cool and all… but wait until you try the wine.
Henri Darnat La Jumalie Pinot Noir (¥215)
Henri Darnat and his wife Marion took over the Darnat domaine in 1985, but it has been in the family for generations ; since, in fact, the mid-19th Century. Together they are at the service of their wines and their terroir, which they see as their land’s very soul. Accordingly, they pay homage to both the land and their ancestors by working vines by hand and using no chemical fertilisers or herbicide, using the dynamic Burgundy soil to create Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines that are full of health, life and flavor.