X: Journey through Wine Evenings : Spring and Summer 2012 schedule and wines

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Do you ever wonder how to taste the best wines without the knowledge of what to pick or the budget to find out? Now you can. Enjoy quality wines for a fraction of the usual cost. LWwines introduces scheduled evenings: Journeys Through Wine.

For these events, wines come from our Tiers 1-4 (price range RMB100 to RMB499). The Retail Market Prices would be even higher; such as the Mas La Plana at RMB622 a bottle. With half coming from tier 3, these are ‘high quality, vertical, regional tastings’ unlike any others conducted in Shanghai. It’s more usual to have 2 or 4 simple wine samples for around RMB100. We are taking you on journey through levels of quality to heights of glory.

Sample up to 28 glorious wines, normally out of the reach of most wine lovers, that define the styles typical of each place of origin, created by the special combination of location, climate, techniques, tradition, grape varieties and, dare I say it, ‘terroir‘.

Enjoy wines which, combined, would normally sell for over RMB8000; yet pay only RMB200 per session; including western deli foods and expert insight and guidance (if you want it) in pleasant surroundings.

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Our Wine Journey Evenings began in March 2012, are monthly at each venue with a Maximum of 18 & Minimum of 6 guests.

Attendees can sign up for a whole series and get a discount or book in advance into each evening session. The timetable is below.

Expect to hear about and talk about particular wine styles, regional variations, traditional and modern methods of production and a look at 1 country in detail each session (first, Italy).

Over the series of events we shall taste and discuss over 30 grape varieties from the worlds top wine regions; for example:

  • Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz/Syrah, Tempranillo, Torrontes and Zinfandel.
  • Rosés, Blends, Dessert wines and Sparkling wines.

In March we featured Italian Wines and had a number of fantastic styles from important wine regions: google them to see how important some of these wines are.

  • Zonin Prosecco NV (Prosecco grapes from Veneto)
  • Zonin Rosé Spumante NV (Nerello Mascalese, Veneto)
  • Serafino Gavi 2009 (Cortese, Piedmont)
  • Zonin Pinot Grigio 2010 (Fruili Aquileia)
  • Terredora Greco di Tuffo 2010 (Greco  grapes of  Campagna)
  • Terredora Fianno Di Avellino 2010 (Fiano grapes of  Campagna)
  • Zonin Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2010 (literally, Montepulciano grapes of Abruzzo)
  •  Serafino Barbera D’Asti 2009 (literally, Barbera grapes from Asti, Piedmont)
  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Ruffino 2007 (Sangiovese, Tuscany)
  • Serafino Barbaresco 2007 (Nebbiolo, Piedmont)
  • Serafino Barolo 2004 ( Nebbiolo, Piedmont)
  • Zonin Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (both Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella of Valpolicella).

April’s Spanish selection shaped up nicely:

3 Whites from these:

  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava (Penedes)
  • Vina Esmeralda 2010  (Catalunya)
  • Baron De Ley 2010 (Rioja)
  • Gran Vina Sol 2010 (Penedes)
  • Fransola 2010 (Penedes)

4 Reds from these:

  • Castillo De Manza La Mancha Tempranillo 2010
  • Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza 2007/8  (Rioja)
  • Ibericos Rioja Crianza 2008 (Rioja)
  • Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva 2006 (Rioja)
  • Gran Coronas 2007 (Penedes)
  • Atrium Merlot 2009 (Penedes)
  • Camino De Castilla Tempranillo crianza 2006  (Ribero del Duero)
  • Celeste 2008  (Ribero del Duero)
  • Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Reserva Centenario 2003/4 (Rioja)
  • Mas la Plana ‘Black Label’ 2009 (Penedes)

May’s New World offerings:

  • Callia Alta Shiraz/Malbec (Argentina)
  • Clos de los Siete 2008 (Malbec blend, Argentina)
  • De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Viognier (Australia)
  • Rochford Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir (Australia)
  • Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)
  • Cousino-Macul Dona Isadora Riesling
  • Barra Estate Grown Organic Chardonnay 2009 (Mendocino, California)
  • Robert Mondavi Woodbridge  Zinfandel 2009 (Lodi, California)
  • Unti Green House Zin 2009 (Dry Creek Valley, California)
  • Picket Fence Pinot Noir 2010 (Russian River Valley, California)
  • Fernway Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Marlborough, NZ)
  • Sacred Hill Barrel Fermented Chardonnay(Hawkes Bay, NZ)
  • Mannenberg Pinotage (Perderberg, SA)
  • Kleine Zalze Barrel fermented Chenin Blanc 2010 (Stellenbosch, SA)

Next steps: Please use our contact us form to register your interest, telling us how many you or your group will be, which venue you will attend, or simply to get further information.

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  • Jugend Art Space (Tai Kang Terrace, Luwan) will be hosting on the 1st and last Wednesday of each month, next April 25th.
  • Café Du Village (Baole Lu, Huacao, Minhang) host on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, next one: April 18th.

These evenings can also be held in your own home: please enquire.

Numbers: Events go ahead when we a minimum of 6 attendees up to a maximum of 18.

Wine is consumed though swallowing is optional. Despite this, the minimum age of participation will be 21.

Booking: Advance booking is required in cash. When the maximum is reached we will close requests and put any further bookings onto a waiting list or offer an alternate venue. Call us/ email us/ sms us.

Payment: Each standalone event in the Journey series costs RMB200 per person. You may pay per session though you will still need to book into and pay for sessions at least 2 days in advance.


  • Buy 2 sessions and pay only RMB390.
  • Buy the whole series of 4 and pay only RMB750, saving RMB50.

You may pay directly at the venue or to lwwines.com in person during a normal wine delivery. We can arrange to receive bank transfer payment for group bookings only as some do find it fiddly. Cash is best, in China.


Why not book up as a group? You may feel more comfortable, or use this as a great way to socialise with new people in a relaxed environment. These evenings make great corporate events.

Refunds: are available from the venues up to 36 hours before each event. If we have to postpone or cancel an event due to any circumstances we will offer you a free glass of wine when you collect you refund.

Evenings will be a mix of fun, discussion, opinion and maybe controversy: audience participation through debate, tasting and some analysing will be at the discretion of the participants.

We don’t want these events to be too ‘stuffy’. Aimed at those who want to learn through doing or just experience the pleasures of wine. There is no formal outcome. Sometimes we will offer ‘blind’ tastings to sharpen the senses and add some fun (attendees can practise tasting / analysing without bottle and label clues, if they wish).

Bespoke: We can tailor-make these evenings along themes and at budgets to suit with or without our presence. If deli foods are not required, prices are reduced accordingly.

Please get in touch if you are interested in any of our wine events.

  • Scheduled Wine Evenings like the Journey through Wines series
  • Private Wine Tasting Parties where a wine educator brings wines to your home
  • Self-hosted Themed parties where we help to select wines with you the host, but do not attend the event.

The Journey schedule:

  • April: A journey through Spain
  • May: A journey through the New World
  • June: A journey through France

Single evenings

Price: ¥200

2 evenings

Price: ¥390

Series of 4 evenings

Price: ¥750


April 2012

Minhang venue


Tai Kang Terrace venue


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