The Top 30

Many wines from across the globe land on our desks. Some are selected by us and some recommended to us. It’s my pleasure to present the 30 best value, quality fine wines we source for our Shanghai customers.

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We sample every style imaginable from the New & Old World, young & aged, oaked & unoaked, fresh & weighty, hearty & soft, spicy reds, sweet desserts, aromatic whites, sparkling roses, screw tops & cork sealed, bottle & box. Assessment is objective, rational, considered (sometimes even romantic).  Their suitability  for inclusion in our mission to bring the best value wines to a discerning audience is determined through long hours and many repeat tastes. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

Quality and Value

Quality is the first criteria but Price is key. The balance between quality and price must be right.  There are other considerations. Some products we adore have negative supply issues, such as intermittent or weak logistical support. If we feel there might be an issue we omit the wine.

Our recommended list reflects those that made it through that stage. Some successful candidates are later removed if the wine no longer meets our existing guidelines or our assessment criteria change.

In our book, value doesn’t mean cheap. It doesn’t mean poor quality, either. It means “particularly notable quality for the price“.

When considering this premiership list we take a closer look at flavour profiles, availability, consistency of supply, vintage changes, general appeal versus specific interest, focus group responses and flexibility of use by occasion and price. They still have to taste nice too (though according to some research and one of my blogs it apparently isn’t that important for some consumers when selecting and reselecting their wines. Mmne…odd world, we live in).

Anyhow, for those that want to know where the best bang for the buck might reside, highlighted here are 30 wines priced between RMB75 and RMB523 which The Wine Man feels best reflect the ‘particularly notable quality for the price‘ adage.

Italy, Spain and the New World continue to offer the most interesting and consistent quality versus price ratios. Interestingly, all but one of the tier 3 and 4 wines who make it to the top 30 are Italian, such is the their value right now. Click on any link to find out more of what we think of these wines.

Any of these 30 show exceptionally high quality for the price and will continue to do so well into 2012. From this list we have selected 3 from each grouping (tier 3 and 4 were combined) and then from those, a best red and white wine. See below.

Several of these wines are now medal winners and the Chinese made Silver Heights is now awarded best Chinese Red wine at the Annual wine Challenge at Shanghai Hilton (August 2012).

Here are the tier 1 wines that made it and in bold the winners from that tier:

•  Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

•  B.P. Rothschild Mapu Red (Cab Sauv / Carmenere)

•  De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

•  De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet

•  De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut

♥ Miguel Torres Chile San Medin Sauvignon Blanc

Enrico Serafino Barbera D’Asti DOCG

•  Woodbridge Zinfandel

•  Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes White AOC BIN END

•  Zonin Prosecco-Black Bottle

And the tier 2 wines:

•  Zonin Sparkling (Spumante) Rose

•  Fernway Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (new 2012 vintage available!)

•  Enrico Serafino Gavi DOCG

•  Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Crianza (Tempranillo)

•  Torres 10 Brandy

Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Paceta Rioja Crianza (Now re-branded ‘Pomal’)

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc (Barrel Fermented)

Zonin Ripasso Superiore DOC

•  Sella&Mosca Tanca Farra DOC

Tier 3 & 4 wines:

•  Coppola Diamond Chardonnay

Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG

•  Enrico Serafino Barolo DOCG

•  Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

Silver Heights Family Reserve

Terredora Greco di Tufo Loggia della Serra (bin end)

•  Sella&Mosca Marchese Di Villamarina DOC

•  Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC

Tier 5 wine: 

•  Terredora Taurasi Fatica Contadina (bin end)

Red wine overall Number #1 winner  is… Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG

White wine overall Number #1 winner is… Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc (Barrel Fermented)

Watch out for the soon to be released Mifan Mama cookbook that tells in humorous style how best to make interesting meals in the less than satisfactory kitchens that pervade in SH. Many of the wines featured on this list and others in our portfolio are matched to around 24 of those recipes, with up to 4 wine recommendations per recipe (when I really got carried away!). We will let you know when that is available and where to get hold of a copy. Proceeds, of course, to the wonderful childrens’ charity and (I expect) Shining Stars too.

The Wine Man August 2012 (updated)

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Taster Pack 1

Price: ¥1,037

We have updated & redesigned & doubled the size of this pack into a neat variety of popular styles!

Now a Global Pack; already popular wines are joined by a top selling old world new world corksAussie Sparkler, a couple of interesting everyday wines, including our top selling red wines from both Argentina & France. Perfect pack to begin exploring!

Award winning & commended De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay is inserted. Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo replaces Castillo De Manza Tempranillo, and the much loved Callia Osaado Shiraz replaces the deleted Armand Dartois . We also upgraded the Baroncourt to their lovely Languedoc varietal, as well as kept the fantastic Emblema Sauvignon Blanc (our top selling white) and crowd pleaser DeBortoli Sparkling Brut. Prosecco version available in other mixed cases…

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

2x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut Australia

So Yummy, that our friends regularly argue this is just like champagne. IMHO, it is NOT like Champagne at all. It is less complex. It is ten times cheaper. There is no hype here either. Just a sturdy, refreshing, dry, crisp bubbly with an apples character.

Pale straw in colour. Attractive nose of strawberries and cream with citrus notes in the background. A very refreshing, easy drinking sparkling wine, with fresh fruit flavours. Delicate and creamy mouth-feel, finishing with crisp acidity.

Serving: don’t need to over-chill it; 10°C is fine.

You can afford to drink it all summer (and all summer long you will wonder why other folks dream about those elusive champagnes that cost the earth and are often over dry, over biscuity or plain rubbish). De Bortoli is solid from top to bottom. We love this company!

2x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay, Australia, Riverina Multiple Awards '12, '13 & '14

Our joint top selling white wine, amazing quality for the price and a wine which we drink at home every week. A top seller even before they started winning competitions.

Pale straw with green hue. Zesty lemon citrus and stone fruit aromas balanced with buttery oak notes. Fruit-driven wine with crisp acid, great texture and balance on the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it, leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

In short: They got this spot on. It’s a major secret because the retailers are full or poor quality wines at the same price!

The 2010 was a gold medal winner, the 2011 was a bronze. We’ll see which accolades this vintage (2012) walks away with. Now we know: a commendation at Decanter.

“Yum Yum”, says the Wine Man.

Note: We now understand that the De Bortoli Sacred Hill Range IS the Family Selection in a different packaging. So, for example,  the DB Sacred Hill Chardonnay and DB Family Selection Chardonnay are the same wine. The two are inter-changeable.

2x Callia Osaado Shiraz, San Juan Argentina

This wine has a purplish-red colour with bluish tints. Its nose features prunes and the spicy aromas typical of Shiraz. The mouth-feel shows a strong presence of fruits (plums and damsons) and medium structure, and is complex and creamy on the tongue.

All true: but what it does not say is that (despite, for my eyes, a rather irritating design for the bottle’s wine label) the contents inside the bottle are OK. If it is an issue for you, please don’t be put off by the exterior. We so often buy with our eyes and I had to force myself to try this. Of course, the price helps ease the risk, but for this low price it’s a risk well worth taking. It won’t set the world on fire but it won’t disappoint anyone either.

Fruity, spicy and with backbone. From the house of Callia. These guys are going to be like the ‘De Bortoli of Argentina’ for us. Masters of low price point attractive wines. Best part is they keep getting better and better each year.

2x Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo, Spain, La Mancha

This Tempranillo is perfect if you’re looking for bold fruitiness without the more traditional oak finish. Definitely a great choice for every day wine; ideal to drink alone or pair with pastas as well as meats.

Tip: Let it breathe a few minutes (or even better, decanter it!) to really bring out a surprising amount of complexity! ESPECIALLY  for a wine in this price range.

Wine Making:  De-stemmed and lightly crushed followed by a short maceration on the skins before devatting. Fermented in stainless steel tanks with no oak aging.

Tasting Notes: Bright ruby color. Wonderful cherry and raspberry flavors  a long lingering finish.

NB** This is NOT the Rojo Vivo bottle, couldn’t seem to find a picture of it but is a similar wine from Castelnoble

2x Heritage De Baroncourt Languedoc Rouge France

A simple fruity glugger with some complexity that suggests we are drinking at a level a little above it’s price-tag. Better than some wines twice its price (but not on our lists of course!).

Supple, well balanced and fruit-driven with lingering final notes of fruit ripeness that enhance its aromas. Spicy aromas and a blend of red berry fruits. There is a whiff of vanilla on the nose. A deep ruby colour.

Destemming, traditional fermentation with pumping over and strict temperature control. Aged in vats. Matching suggestions: Perfect match with many dishes, including barbecue, salads and cheese. Serve at: 17℃-18℃.

2x Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc Chile

The #1 top selling white at LWwines, it ‘flies off the shelves’. Quality improvements year on year, since inception are astounding.

Expect a strong fresh floral wine with an intriguing mix of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). The full body is a silken palate and exquisitely intense, with a supportive acidic structure and a prolonged, strong finish. It’s less aromatic than a NZ, nearer to a French Sancerre. Better for a good chill.

Sept 2012: I just sank a bottle of the 2011 on my own sweet own, well chilled. An instant silent smile from this taster as we are able to uncover yet another quality wine at the entry level from the value-laden continent that is South America. Very moreish. Very fresh and very well priced. This will fly. (and it did!)

Taster Pack 2 (1st, 2nd Tier Wines)

Price: ¥1,100

old world new world corksFlexible and with strength in depth. That’s what we call a powerful mix.

Old and New World combine with a distinctive range of styles, no two bottles are alike, and at great value! There are a couple of AWARD WINNERS, too.

It is difficult to believe that one or two of these wines are even in the first tier and it shows that 1st tier doesn’t mean second rate.

Some wines out there are so bad are in terms of value for money they don’t make it onto any of our tiers at all.

Every wine is different. Every wine, a new experience.

Being able to flip into these other choices is amazing too! We can easily add Valpolicella, Nero D’Avola, Soave or Aussie blends from the same producers….or even  alternate Proseccos or Malbecs too.

We just love the flexibility in these taster packs and this one is second to none! With more everyday back up wines just waiting to hop into this case, we have strength in depth; This could easily be a 24 bottle case.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions. 

1x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut NV Australia, Riverina

Pale straw in colour. Attractive nose of strawberries and cream with citrus notes in the background. A very refreshing, easy drinking sparkling wine, with fresh fruit flavours. Delicate and creamy mouth-feel, finishing with crisp acidity.

This is our (way out ahead) top selling sparkler. So Yummy, that our friends regularly argue this is just like champagne. It is not like Champagne at all. It is far less complex. It is ten times cheaper too. There is no hype here. Just a sturdy, refreshing, dry, crispy bubbly. You can afford to drink it all the time.

We drank it all summer long and wondered why other folks dream about over-dry, over-biscuity, champagnes that cost the earth and are often plain rubbish. De Bortoli is solid from top to bottom. We love this company!

1x Zonin Prosecco NV Italy, Veneto

The best selling Prosecco in the world. Not much else to say, other than…

Luminous, brilliant straw yellow. Intense, fruity, aromatic, with scents of wisteria. Extremely pleasant, with a lightly nutty finish. Food Matching: An excellent aperitif, it can also accompany dishes that are not too rich; ideal with fruit salad.

Reviews and Scores: Vintage , 87/100 , Wine Enthusiast , “A Best Buy” June 2006

1x Heritage de Baroncourt VDP Blanc France, Languedoc

All you really need to know is that its a low priced just off-dry glugger, best served cold. Other sources said:

Fresh clean acidity with complex aromas of exotic fruits such as mango and lychee. Well balanced and a lingering finish of mango. Ripe fruit aroma. Clear straw yellow colour. Grapes harvested at night. 100% De-stemming. Pneumatic pressing. Cold racking off the must. Fermentation in stainless steel vats with strict temperature control. Ageing in stainless steel vats.

Matching suggestions: This tantalizing white is perfect as a cocktail or matched with a variety of savoury dishes. Serve at: 8℃-10℃”

1x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay Australia, Riverina Multiple Awards '12, '13 & '14

The previous vintage was a gold medal winner, our top selling white wine, amazing quality for the price and a wine we drink at home every other week!

Pale straw with green hue. Zesty lemon citrus and stone fruit aromas balanced with buttery oak notes. Fruit-driven wine with crisp acid, great texture and balance on the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

1x Miguel Torres San Medin Sauvignon Blanc Chile, Curico

This is much nearer to the French style than the New Zealand.

Light bright yellow. A fresh, floral wine with fruity body and a silken palate of great finesse. Displays intriguing notes of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). Its silky palate is exquisitely intense, with a good acidic structure and a prolonged, joyous finish.

Food Matching: An excellent complement for shellfish, fish and seafood rice. My family had this with Rosemary Chicken tonight (Nov2011) and it was a match made in heaven.

1x Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo, Spain, La Mancha

This Tempranillo is perfect if you’re looking for bold fruitiness without the more traditional oak finish. Definitely a great choice for every day wine; ideal to drink alone or pair with pastas as well as meats.

Tip: Let it breathe a few minutes (or even better, decanter it!) to really bring out a surprising amount of complexity! ESPECIALLY  for a wine in this price range.

Wine Making:  De-stemmed and lightly crushed followed by a short maceration on the skins before devatting. Fermented in stainless steel tanks with no oak aging.

Tasting Notes: Bright ruby color. Wonderful cherry and raspberry flavors  a long lingering finish.

NB** This is NOT the Rojo Vivo bottle, couldn’t seem to find a picture of it but is a similar wine from Castelnoble

1x Heritage de Baroncourt VDP Rouge France, Languedoc

A simple fruity glugger with some complexity beyond it’s price-tag. Better than some wines twice its price, but not on our lists of course. Cabernet Franc 50%, Merlot and Syrah 25% each.

Supple, well balanced and fruit-driven with lingering final notes of fruit ripeness that enhance its aromas. Spicy aromas and a blend of red berry fruits. There is a whiff of vanilla on the nose. A deep ruby colour. De-stemming. traditional fermentation with pumping over and strict temperature control. Aged in vats.

Matching suggestions: Perfect match with many dishes, including barbecue,salads and cheese. Serve at: 17℃-18℃”

1x Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon Chile, Central Valley

Having tasted this for the first time in December ’11, it got onto our website without hesitation. It is staggeringly good for very little cost.

Vivid ruby colour. Exquisite aroma of forest berries and spices on a rich background of leather and liquorice. Palate characterised by sweet healthy tannins from the fruit and the vegetal nuances typical of this variety.

It’s even better after being open a while; unusually so, for a wine of such a low price point. My every day red wine of choice at the moment (January 2012).

1x Mannenberg Shiraz, Perdberg Australia

South African Shiraz have really been stepping it up and this bottle is no exception. Reminds me more of a French Syrah; earthier with firmer tannins. If you want an Old World-style Shiraz at a very, very enticing price, this guy right here provides fantastic value.

This is one of those reds, that although fantastic when drank alone, it really shines when paired with gamey meats and BBQ.

Tasting: smooth, broad tannins punctuated with spiced red fruits, fresh fnish

1x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Australia, Riverina

First time I came across this I was sceptical we could find a drinkable sub 100RMB Aussie Shiraz. Often they are blended with Merlot or Cabernet (or other grapes) and chucked out as part of the Great Australian Wine Glut.

Tasting: Deep red with purple hues. Combination of pepper/spice/plum fruit with chocolate/toasty oak. Full bodied, expressing rich mid palate fruit and spice with generous length of flavour. This wine is excellent with beef or lamb dishes.

De Bortoli has consistently shown that they have an ability to reach market at this price point with something eminently drinkable. It’s a revelation. Watch out for this wine achieving some accolades soon. And Riverina (the region) might get to be generally known about.

1x Portillo Salentein Malbec Argentina, Mendoza Silver Medal' 13; Bronze Medal '14

Portillo Malbec is a steady favourite among our customers and one of my personal favorites. It is also a staple of the Wine Bars we supply where the fruit forward style with supportive acidity is very welcome at this price.

It has an interesting ruby-red colour with violets tints. Wine of great structure, well-balanced acidity and long finish. The nose is rich in fruits, with reminiscences of plum, black fruits and blackberries and violets from the Uco Valley. Right from the start its tannins feel soft and pleasant, with marked roundness at the finish and a strong fruity after-taste. Perfect with pasta in rich sauce and, of course, steaks.

1x Santa Mia Merlot Chile, Central Valley

So Merlot’s don’t get much love anymore, which is a pity given that many prove to be great, easy wines to enjoy. This one is case and point. Santa Mia’s Merlot has medium body but is bold and structured, with a delicious fruitiness, finished by rounded tannins.  If you want a budget-friendly Merlot that isn’t junkie (sorry low-priced French Merlots), this is a nice wine to rediscover the varietal.

 

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Back to spring SALE :
Time to stock up!

We’ll have this sale going on until the end of April (decided to launch it a little early!). Starts right now.

How it works: pick a minimum of 24 bottles from below, and enjoy our wines at distributor prices!

  • Automatic free delivery (in Shanghai only).
  • Cut and paste ’em back to us or use e.g. ‘3x red #3, #6, #7’ as code in an email, text, or wechat
  • **: Personal favorites!

Here’s the list : Whites

  1. Callia Chardonnay Argentina (Still amazing ) ¥70
  2. **Emblema Sauvignon Blanc Chile (#1 white wine; better every year) ¥72
  3. Chiaro Pinot Grigio Veneto (a fresh Grigio) ¥84
  4. Mannenberg Chenin Blanc S. Africa (a leftfield, yummy choice) ¥86
  5. De Bortoli Chardonnay Australia ¥86
  6. San Medin Sauvignon Blanc Chile (Lovely citrus and floral aromas) ¥88
  7. **Portillo Chardonnay Mendoza (elegance & stonefruit; a step up) ¥88
  8. Firriato Branciforti Bianco Sicily (Inzolia / Cattarrato combine beautifully) ¥90
  9. Torres ‘Vina Sol’ Parellada Penedes (yummy; fresh & bright) ¥122
  10. **Zonin Pinot Grigio Della Veneto (an elegant, zesty Grigio) ¥135
  11. Zalze Chenin Blanc N. Zealand (great pairing with spicy food) ¥144
  12. Sacred Hill Whitecliffe Sauvignon Blanc N.Zealand (grassy, crisp) ¥160
  13. Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling USA (89pts, delightfully crisp, aromatic) ¥166
  14. Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer USA (expressive fruit and clove spice) ¥166
  15. Torres ‘Gran Vina Sol’ Chardonnay/Parellada Penedes Chile ¥168
  16. Laurus Cotes du Rhone Blanc Rhone Valley ¥198

Sparkling

  1. Chiaro Prosecco Extra Dry NV Veneto (top seller) ¥99
  2. Masseria Altemura Estate Rosamaro Brut (playful semi-sweet) ¥104
  3. Zonin Prosecco Italy (rich, fruity notes) ¥124
  4. **Chateau Ste. Michelle Michelle Brut USA (multi-award winner! Fine balance & crisp) ¥172
  5. Torres Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rosé Chile (multi-award winner! Dry, refined) ¥210

Rosé

  1. Sangre de Toro Rosé Catalunya (fresh and crisp) ¥129
  2. Chateau D’Esclans Rosé Provence (multi-award winner, classic crisp rosé) ¥270

Reds

  1. Baroncourt Rouge VDP France (entry level w surprising complexity) ¥68
  2. Callia Shiraz Argentina (party glugger / BBQ or spicy food lover) ¥66
  3. Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon Chile (#1 selling red wine; say no more) ¥72
  4. Callia Alta Shiraz/Malbec Argentina (Great, great wine) ¥80
  5. De Bortoli CabernetMerlot Australia (long time award winner) ¥84
  6. De Bortoli Shiraz-Cabernet Australia (multi award winner) ¥84
  7. **Portillo Malbec Mendoza (fab award winner) ¥88
  8. Firriato Branciforti Rosso Sicily(beautiful Nero D’Avola fruit) ¥90
  9. **Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon Chile (quality leap budget cab; a step up) ¥90
  10. San Medin Cabernet Sauvignon Chile (great budget cab) ¥92
  11. Mannenberg Shiraz Perdberg (Broad tannins, spicy) ¥98
  12. Zonin Classici Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC Italy (a firm favourite) ¥100
  13. Blason Timberlay Rouge Bordeaux AOC (balanced, smooth flavor) ¥109
  14. Flechas de Los Andes Malbec Mendoza (delicious, well-rounded) ¥140
  15. Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti Tuscany (smooth, long finish) ¥154
  16. **Altos Ibericos Tempranillo DO Rioja (lovely dark fruit / oak balance) ¥165
  17. Salentein Reserva Malbec Mendoza (classic must-try!) ¥209
  18. Torres Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero (Opulent, full body, high-end Spanish) ¥243
  19. Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Piedmont (rich, intense; so delicious) ¥248
  20. Cordillera Carmenère Chile (stunning, intense flavor; absolute treat) ¥268

 

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Classy Party 12

Price: ¥1,500

This pack was created to meet the requirement to have a collection of everyday and more serious wines all together, covering all the bases for any Festive Season (which, from my perspective, seems to cover the entire year, these days) or any larger social gatherings.

It is packed with wines we drink all the time and a couple kept for special occasions. Lay out these wines on a table for, say, a 50th birthday party, and relax.

To avoid any ‘supermarket dross’ wines, ban anyone from bringing wines to the event.

A little too OCD? Perhaps, but we firmly believe at LWwines that Life’s too short for bad wine.

Wines that have run out are replaced by similar following discussion with customers.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

2x Callia Alta Shiraz Malbec Argentina, San Juan Tier 1

Tasting Intense violet wine with ruby tints. It is a wine of great aromatic intensity. Its prevailing penetrating and vigorous notes are ripe blackberries, plums and figs, which, together with their sweet tannins and balanced acidity, render a full-bodied wine with a long finish.

Food Matching: Perfect with pasta in rich sauce, Steaks, hearty dishes.

I don’t think it is possible to find a trustier everyday wine that can be enjoyed by lovers of both Old and New World styles. We sell a lot of this wine. Since its introduction in late spring 2011, it has quickly has become our top selling red wine.

Note: Won 2nd place in a serious Shanghai tasting competition for sub RMB100 wines. Callia is a winery to watch.

1x Camino de Castilla Ribera Del Duero Tempranillo Crianza Spain, Ribera Del Duero Tier 2

Intense blackberry colour. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied.

Ribera Del Duero is a unique place in Europe. It has some of the most expensive wines in the World and relatively few people know it exists or where it is. That keeps some prices down, but not all! At has thrown up an absolute gem at a real bargain: a glimpse into the majesty that is the region. Out of the reach of many mortals, Vega Sicilia ( over ¥3000 a bottle) is grown within a day’s walk of our Camino De Castilla. Think Rioja with a similar fruit intensity, just a tad less oak. This is also a little lower priced than our Rioja crianzas. Can you guess which I drink more of?

The wine would be in it’s best light if served with something hot and well flavoured like grilled lamb cutlets with mint and thyme. A wonderful find for us. Exceptional value.

1x B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Chile, Maipo Tier 1

“Beautiful dark red. Aromas of black currant, blackberries and blueberries. The taste is fresh and elegant, with round and soft tannins that gives the wine excellent balance. The long and expressive finish rounds off a wonderful fruity and powerful wine.”

The site also goes on to say that mechanically harvested grapes are fermented at high temperature in stainless steel barrels for a ‘long time’ (to protect good balanced tannin structure) then spends 7 to 8 months ageing in stainless steel; this wine receives no oak at all. So, a lot of fruit, jammy almost with a hint of  mint;  no tobacco or cigar box notes. Its inexpensive to find out for yourself.

Me, I thought that for the price it was absolutely lovely, easy to drink and had enough interest to keep me satisfied. Great value in Chile at the moment.

1x Sella&Mosca La Cala DOC Italy, Sardinia Tier 2

What a shame. This wine was also just a bit too old and probably killed off by the same shop keeper I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, who returned it to us (he , who turned off the aircon last summer 2013 (when we put it in his shop) and he didn’t mend the fridge when it packed up. But, try as I might to lay all the blame at their useless feet, if honest, we can’t. Just most of it. This wine was probably getting long in the tooth anyway. 10.5pts (usually a 15-16.5pts)

HOWEVER (Big Fanfare), now that the fresh 2012 vintage has arrived we can relax and go back to the beauty of what was there before, zippy acidity & marine saltiness, somewhere between a Chardonnay & Sauvignon blanc (nearer to the latter?) and not a million miles from a Pinot Grigio, but with less ‘grapey-ness’. We hope to say that the 2012 will restore that crown.

1x Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG Italy, Piedmont Tier 3

We have a treat here; a SERIOUS wine, SERIOUSLY well-priced.

Barbaresco is one of the world’s most important wines. This Special Italian red is a rich and seriously structured wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. The nose has intense violets and spices. The complex and velvet smooth flavours will reward the patient drinker further (and for many years). We are talking here strong food matches with game, grilled meats or cheeses.

Our Serafino Barbaresco is a mouthwatering treat. And no-one else has it.

Robert Parker gives the 2007 vintage an, ‘extraordinary’ 96/100 and ‘early maturing’ too; so a perfect storm of buy signals. Barbaresco has achieved ‘extraordinary’ only 7 times since 1970, and once in the last decade and this is that vintage.  Just a few 2007’s left. Now we are into 2009, a lovely vintage, also.

1x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay Australia, Riverina Tier 1

Our top selling white, amazing quality for the price and a wine we drink at home every other week. This was a top seller even before vintage after vintage won competitions (Gold, Silver and Bronze medals around the world).

Pale straw with green hue. Zesty lemon citrus and stone fruit aromas balanced with buttery oak notes. “Yum Yum”, says the Wine Man. Fruit-driven wine with crisp acid, great texture and balance on the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it, leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

In short: They got this spot on. It’s a major secret because the retailers are full or poor quality wines at the same price!

1x Zonin Nero D'Avola Italy, Sicily Tier 2

This 100% Nero d’Avola is an example of modern Italian wine-making on the historical wine-making island of Sicily. Used as part of the liberal Siciliane IGT designation.

Relatively dark but brilliant ruby-red. Broad and persistent, with evident and intense spicy scents as well as notes of almond blossoms. Dry and structured and showing outstanding roundness, the wine offers a sensation of complex fruitiness resembling that of cherries preserved in spirit, alternating with pleasant and highly persistent hints of spices. To be served at 18°C (64°F).

Food Combinations: A modern-styled blend variety that makes this wine a perfect complement to savoury first-course dishes dressed with meat sauces, roasts and aged cheeses. — quoted from zonin.co.uk

Like many regions, Sicily fully experienced Italy’s dismal post war viticultural bane: A long and glorious tradition unintentionally thwarted and terribly tarnished by Government over-subsidy and investment, which led mainly, to greater yields and lower associated quality wherever it took place. The decades long recovery, from the harm done to this region and the entire country’s reputation, has, at last, been restored.

Ignore the image above: We just don’t have the updated bottle/label picture yet. No one does!

1x Zonin Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC Italy, Veneto Tier 2

Though the wine has evolved, sadly, the picture we have has not! Please ignore the one shown here. We just cannot find the correct one anywhere!

Pinot gris (aka Pinot Grigio) is a white wine grape variety, thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape. It normally has a greyish-blue fruit, accounting for its name (gris meaning “grey” in French) but the grape can have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance. The wines produced from this grape also vary in colour from a deep golden yellow to copper and even a light shade of pink. The clone of Pinot Gris grown in Italy is known as Pinot Grigio.

Appealing straw-yellow colour with delicate green reflections. Delicately fruity, medium bodied and refined. Lightly dry, yet extremely fresh. It also offers a delicious reminder of the original grape. It’s light and elegant structure makes this an unusually refined and aristocratic wine, especially at this price point.

Food Matching: It combines particularly well with delicate appetizers, pasta courses with light sauces and white meats. In addition, it makes a fine aperitif.

Popular with those who like a wine to be drier and fresh with some appealing fruit notes.

1x B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Chile, Maipo Tier 1

Bright and brilliant pale yellow. Fresh and elegant, it opens on grapefruit and mango notes. A fresh elegant attack leads into a succulent mid-palate that starts on citrus and goes on to develop notes of tropical fruit, building to a lively and well-balanced finish.

We would have to say that the Rothschild forays into Chile have been great for the consumer. They are in the Mapu range producing the golden bullet wines we seek: low cost wines punching above their weight in a sturdy, consistent and agreeable way.

1x Zonin Sparkling (Spumante) Rose Italy, Veneto Tier 2

This has wings. Flies out the door every spring and summer. This is what we drink at home when there’s a birthday or other special. We call it Pink Prosecco which it is in everything but name. Here’s what the web tells us:

A lightly-coloured sparkling rose with a fine, persistent & seductively delicate perlage (That means a nice ‘mousse’ or bubbles to you and me). Pleasant, intense and fruity, evoking memories of wisteria flowers and Renetta apples. (That means it smells nice too). Well-blended and delightful. On the palate it is soft and smooth with floral notes and a hint of almond. (All true!)

Food Matching: Excellent as an aperitif and an ideal accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres risottos, fragrant fried food and grilled fish. (and if memory serves, dishes with a cream sauce, shellfish, sole/halibut, salmon, tuna, Mild cheese and cream based dips).

1x Zonin Prosecco - Black Bottle Italy, Veneto Tier 2

The Best Selling Prosecco in the world…and for a reason that matters. The perfect storm of style, sophistication and quality. Prosecco is always more easily accessible than either drier Cavas and Champagnes, certainly, fruitier and I don’t know how to put this: MORE FUN. Not much else to say, other than…it always satisfies.

Luminous, brilliant straw yellow. Intense, fruity, aromatic, with scents of wisteria. Extremely pleasant, with a lightly nutty finish.

Food Matching: An excellent aperitif, it can also accompany dishes that are not too rich; ideal with fruit salad.

Reviews and Scores: Vintage , 87/100 , Wine Enthusiast , “A Best Buy” June 2006

Fine Party 18

Price: ¥2,500

This is the fine party wine collection to end all fine party wine collections. 

We purr just looking at the cast of greats tastes. If this set landed on a doorstep on November 1st, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year really would have come early.

So, with so many continents, styles, price points and occasions represented and catered to, Happy Holidays.

Every base is covered, except perhaps a dessert wine (which is a personal favourite; and even if they are just a little too eclectic for many buyers, we do have them; Icewine / Sauternes, etc). Just ask and we’ll add one. If any of the Bin Ends run out we have very able replacements ready (as always: strength in depth).

If your boss is coming over, blow his socks off with something impressive on the eyeballs and the palate, like the Marchese Di Villamarina DOC . Or keep that one for your self: maybe you deserve a world beater now and again.

Again, just let us know. I’m sure we can fit it in the boxes, or at the very least, replace another wine and simply recalculate the price.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

2x Heritage De Baroncourt VDP Rouge France, Languedoc

A simple fruity glugger with some complexity beyond it’s price-tag. Better than some wines twice its price, but not on our lists of course. Supple, well balanced and fruit-driven with lingering final notes of fruit ripeness that enhance its aromas. Spicy aromas and a blend of red berry fruits. There is a whiff of vanilla on the nose. A deep ruby colour.

Vinification: De-stemming Traditional fermentation with pumping over and strict temperature control. Aged in vats. (Anybody want to know that?)

Food suggestions: Perfect match with many dishes, including barbecue,salads and cheese. Serve at: 17℃-18℃

Apparently, It’s made from Cabernet Franc (50%) and the remainder split equally between Merlot and Syrah, which had me astounded, as I don’t like Merlot!

2x B.P.Rothschild Mapu Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Chile, Maipo

Your chance perhaps to have your first glimpse of Carmenere.

We would have to say that The Rothschild forays into Chile have been great for the consumer. They are, in the Mapu range, producing the golden bullet wines we seek: low cost wines punching above their weight in a sturdy, consistent and agreeable way.

Very attractive ruby red with a violet tint. Rich and generous, an explosion of red fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry mingled with subtle, spicy notes. A fresh, round and fruity attack.

Elegantly structured by the Cabernet Sauvignon, on the mid-palate the wine displays the velvet, silky tannins typical of Carmenère picked at optimum ripeness. Very pleasant overall balance, the harmonious finish lingering on the richness and freshness of the fruit.

Fabulous.

2x Enrico Serafino Barbera D'Asti DOCG Italy, Piedmont

The Wine Man says: New vintage makes this the best sub ¥100 wine in Shanghai. This is more refined and interesting than anything ¥30 more expensive, from both the old and new world.

Barbera D’Asti is a wine that displays an intense violet colour and typical perfumes of cherries. Intense and rich nose. The typical nice acidity brought by Barbera grapes creates an explosion of cherry and flowers perfumes. It never fails to impress.

Great when first opened, it is absolutely stunning after 1 hours open.

Food Matching: Put it with food and you are in for an ‘experience’. Game and roast meat. Serving temperature 16-17 °C.

1x Chateau Lamargue Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Aegidienne AOC France, Rhone

With a predominance of ripe fruits, with hints of blackcurrant and liquorice; this Cuvee also has some warming spice. The strong tannic structure is dense and substantial, showing great potential for ageing, probably for 4 to 5 years, if you are a little patient. Otherwise, allow the wine to breathe for a few hours.

Food Matching: Can be tasted alone, for the pleasure of experiencing such a substantial wine (and it is rather substantial) but I believe this Cuvee Aegidiene is at it’s best when paired with a substantial and well cooked meal with meat in sauce or game. Fabulous with a beef stroganoff or a rustic European Casserole.

Serving temperature: 20°C,Uncork at least 2 hours before serving for the absolute best results, and it punches above it’s price tag.

1x Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza DOC Spain, Rioja Silver medal 2014

Youthful crimson red. The aromas of forest fruits and spices. Lovely expression of fruit on the palate with hint of peppery spice. Well-structured with round tannins and elegant finish.

Food Matching: Accompanies roasted meats, stews, Iberian charcuterie, and cured cheeses. Me, I love it with a steak or a hearty casserole.

We are selling this (medium length) oaked Rioja crianza cheaper than we ought. I guess it’s because not enough folks have access to nice wines at decent prices. Go figure. We also sell this in half bottle and magnums. See our PDF long list along with ~800 other wines.

1x Enrico Serafino Barolo DOCG Italy, Piedmont Gold Medal 2013

This famous Italian red is a world renowned, top echelon wine.

It is an elegant and harmonious wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. Expect a very big wine packing an enormous barrage of flavours. The nose: intense liquorice, tobacco and vanilla.

The complex and velvet smooth flavours will reward the patient drinker further and (as with all Barolo) for many years to come.

Food matches: game, roasts, red meats and mature cheeses.

Scoop up these bargains now. It is so rare to find this producer, this vintage, this price.

Robert Parker gives the 2004 vintage 96/100. This wine is that vintage.

1x Salentein Portillo Chardonnay Argentina, Mendoza

Mendoza is the region crowned King in Argentina and there are some expensive wines coming out of that place. This is not one of them. A simple wine that basically does nothing wrong. It’s a safe bet. It won’t bejazzle anyone’s evening nor end up in the sink. It’s chordinary. It’s a goodish price. It’s a safe introduction to Argentina’s whites. other’s said:

An interesting yellow hue endowed with sharp greenish shades. Deeply aromatic wine, combining notes of pear and green apple. Fresh and well balanced, with a long finish.

Food Matching: Ideal to combine with meals from the new light cuisine (whatever that is….). Try it with warm salad and poached seafood (now, that would work).

1x Mannenberg Shiraz South Africa, Stellenbosch

Well, well, well. This bottle was opened on a night when I felt really adventurous. Mannenberg Shiraz thumbVery, very surprisingly good and for little money. The stable-mates both do a great job for little money also, and turn up in restaurants at very reasonable prices too (especially the Chenin Blanc), but due to it’s south African origin, few are aware or interested. Pity.

For me South African red wines can be summed up as ‘Australian with a Earthy French centre’. That’s a broad sweeping statement, true, but that’s my take. The whites are splendidly New World, with Chenin outshining many other (all other?) parts of the world. We found this as the house wine last night (April 2014) in one of our local restaurants (La Mesa in Gao Jing Lu, although we don’t supply it) and it’s great value in such places, too, much like the Chenin Blanc featured earlier from the same producer). What I found in this wine was a new go-to sub ¥100 wine, and worth every bit it’s 16.5pts

June 2014 update: It is always an interesting note worth mentioning when a Wine Man deliberately returns to a wine shortly after testing it formally. Just did that here again with a 2010 bottle. Same response, yet with a little more bottle develop0ment really adding up to produce awesomely well integrated wood to give it a nice elegant polish. 17pts.

1x Enrico Serafino Gavi DOCG Italy, Piedmont

Gavi is among the elite wines of Piedmont and one of the best white wines in the world. 100% Cortese grapes make this delicately scented, full bodied and fresh DOCG wine. There is a distinctive, subtle floral fragrance. The tannins are appealing and there’s plenty of acidity. A perfect partner to fish, risotto and white meats, this wine repays serving cold between 8-10°C.

Folks who try a single bottle in a mixed case become hooked and order them in 6′s from then on. One of our top sellers. A very classy wine indeed, nicely presented, oozing elegance.

We supply this wine to wine bars, who lap it up, because they want that elegance and scarcity element, but mainly because it normally costs a small fortune. Our pleasure…

This wine looks set to be withdrawn from China this year…2013. Hope not, as there’s nothing quite like it our there.

1x Fernway Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand, Marlborough

This is a majestic yet assertive expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape for which New Zealand has now achieved legendary status. Marlborough is the epicentre of that revolution.

The wine is pale straw in hue, with an impressive aromatic attack of gooseberries, cucumber and asparagus. The flavour profile is complex with wonderful crispness from highly integrated acidity. The long refreshing finish is incredibly more-ish.

Some have commented that it beats NZ masters like Sacred Hill and Oyster Bay hands down. Praise indeed and less than half the price of the latter. Supply issuus whiched dogged the brand in 2010 have been sorted out but I always keep plenty in stock now.

1x Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc South Africa, Stellenbosch Bronze '13 & Commended '14

Straw coloured. Concentrated nose with tropical fruit and honey aromas. Elements of botrytis. Gorgeous big, rich, creamy palate. Layers of flavour – apricots. Noticeable residual sugar, but balanced by good acidity. Complex wine with great length.

There are wines for telling others about because you can’t wait to have someone else experience what you just did. This is that wine for me this year (2011). To the average wine drinker this offering comes from a little known producer in a little known region doing something unheard-of in a barrel with a little known grape (outside France). It knocked my socks off. It’s massive! So great, I literally did not want the bottle to be finished. And now its a an international award winner at Decanter Magazine. Don’t say we didn’t tell you first.

1x Cinzano Prosecco DOC Italy, Veneto

I really find some of these generic tasting notes so funny. This one below, actually understates the case. When I give a taste of this Cinzano Prosecco to folks every single person drinks, smiles and has a refill. The finish is the killer. It’s the honey flavours. So fresh and fun through the attack and middle but what a moreish finish. Bubbles is always satisfying, but unlike Champagnes which can be quite heavy (if there’s a lot of Pinot Noir in the blend), Proseccos are lighter and fresher, and the fruit seems always vibrant with a nice balancing acidity.

That’s me; a Prosecco fan.

Here’s what the notes said:

“A brut sparkling wine created from predominately Prosecco grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps. It is crisp and clean with overtones of citrus, melon, lemon, almonds, and honey. It pairs nicely with seafood, salads and light pastas. Enjoy a traditional Bellini cocktail and mix it with some peach puree.”

(Oh, yes, and it’s fun to drink it. The Wine Man)

1x Zonin Sparkling (Spumante) Rose DOC Italy, Veneto

This has wings. Flies out the door every spring and summer. This is what we drink at home when there’s a birthday or other special. We call it Pink Prosecco which it is in everything but name. Here’s what the web tells us:

A lightly-coloured sparkling rose with a fine, persistent & seductively delicate perlage (That means a nice ‘mousse’ or bubbles to you and me). Pleasant, intense and fruity, evoking memories of wisteria flowers and Renetta apples. (That means it smells nice too). Well-blended and delightful. On the palate it is soft and smooth with floral notes and a hint of almond. (All true!)

Food Matching: Excellent as an aperitif and an ideal accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres risottos, fragrant fried food and grilled fish. (and if memory serves, dishes with a cream sauce, shellfish, sole/halibut, salmon, tuna, Mild cheese and cream based dips).

1x Grahams Fine Ruby Port Portugal, Douro

Every now and then a sip of port transports the drinker to a special place. And it keeps for ages! Grahams is one of the world’s renowned producers continually making award winning ports.

Intensely aromatic with ripe red and black berries aromas. Full-bodied, luscious black cherry flavours with excellent balance and an intense finish.

Good match for aperitif with snacks, with dark chocolate or fruit dessert, or with a light blue cheese.

1x Torres 10 Brandy Spain

You can tell I did not write this:

With the passing of time the elegant, round overtones of oak are fused, in close harmony with the strong spirituous aroma of venerable distillates that give character to Torres 10, Gran Reserva.
Dark topaz-coloured, with fine old gold tints. Of strong aroma, it displays an intense bouquet – more spiritual than spirituous – with warm hints of spices (cinnamon, vanilla). On the palate it is round and rich in tannins, developing towards a lush and lingering aftertaste.

However, I buy this Brandy and drink it, over and over and over again. Perfect 10.

Summer Sales! 3 options : Every week

Something mad is happening in the world of currencies. Instability is leading to price hikes from all the major players. We can only absorb those for so long. The best way we can do that is to sell more wine.
Option A: PARTY Supplies: Use us for all your summer parties. Order over 60 bottles of ANY two wines for a whopping 25% discount off our standard price. Meet that criteria and we’ll supply your beers at cost. (remember we do free glass hire too).
Option B: Select 48 bottles from the discounted summer sales wines below in multiples of 6.
Option C: Lucky Dip (Wine Man picks 24 bottles for ¥1250). Deal!
  • Free delivery (in Shanghai only).
  • Cut and paste ’em back to us or use e.g. ‘6x red #3, 6x #6, 6x #7’ etc…in an email.

Here’s the list for option B:

Whites

  1. Callia Chardonnay San Juan  ¥68
  2. Emblema Sauvignon Blanc Chile  ¥72
  3. Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay Chile  ¥74
  4. Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes  San Juan  ¥82
  5. Chiaro Pinot Grigio Veneto  ¥84
  6. Mannenberg Chenin Blanc S. Africa  ¥84
  7. De Bortoli Chardonnay Australia  ¥86
  8. Portillo Chardonnay Mendoza  ¥90
  9. Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc Chile  ¥92 (new stock in May)
  10. Firriato Branciforti Bianco Sicily  ¥92
  11. San Medin Sauvignon Blanc Chile  ¥94
  12. Lindemans Bin65 Chardonnay Australia  ¥132

Sparkling

  1. De Bortoli Sparkling Brut White Australia  ¥86
  2. Zonin Prosecco  Italy ¥128

Reds

  1. Callia Shiraz San Juan ¥68
  2. Callia Shiraz-Cabernet San Juan ¥70
  3. Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon Chile  ¥72
  4. Rothschild Cab Sauvignon/Carmenere Chile  ¥74
  5. Callia Alta Shiraz-Malbec San Juan  ¥82
  6. De Bortoli CabernetMerlot Australia  ¥86
  7. De Bortoli Shiraz-Cabernet Australia  ¥86
  8. Portillo Malbec Mendoza  ¥90
  9. Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon Chile  ¥92
  10. Firriato Branciforti Rosso Sicily ¥92
  11. San Medin Cabernet Sauvignon Chile  ¥94
  12. Zonin Classici Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC Italy  ¥105

Please note for these offers:

  • Minimums above
  • Free Delivery
  • Cash on delivery
  • Open to all customers
  • Orders by website contact form, email & sms only. [email protected] or 15001996047
  • Delivery on Wednesdays, Thursdays Saturdays and Sundays only for these deals (please pick a preferred day & time, and a second choice). Other times by special arrangement.
  • Please mention us to your new friends and colleagues and if they join our happy club to become ‘at one’ with us, we’ll sneak a treat into your next order.
Move Fast: prices will be rising in April. ♥  ♥  ♥

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A fascinating infographic that informs as it amazes as it shocks! The Tour de France not to pass near Bordeaux or Rhone in the centenary year!? Mon Dieux!

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Here is a clear simple and pretty well thought out infographic that covers all the major spectra in wine differentiation.

Basic Wine Guide (that

 

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Thank you for all these kind comments. It means a lot.

“There’s been masses of talk about fake wine in the new supermarkets on jinfeng on the community wechat yesterday , I have posted your details.”Lilah” now a powerful advocate.

“We are moving to the US. Thanks for being our Wine Man in Shanghai. Wish you good Business!” Lonneke, an ex-regular customer.

I bought some nasty wine at City Shop, that was just vinegar, so I asked for your details. Thanks, so much.” Julie, newly converted and very relieved. (That’s why we are here. TWM)

“Gary, Your selection looks good! My wine supplier is the best! ;-). Sarai, one of our happiest Belgian customers for over 4 years.

“I’ve just found my self in a crap position with the worst wine ever I’m sure it’s off (it’s not yours) and a husband out of town. Any chance you are driving around the area with 6 really amazing mixed wines in the back of your car ? Cheers Lilah” now a regular.

“THANK YOU, Soooo much your bottles of wine where very well received.” Lilah, British organiser of an event we sponsored with many many gifts and prizes.

“Hi Gary – thanks again for the wines, people are still talking about the event 🙂 Timo, Finnish citizen, after a special delivery of chilled Sparkling wines to an event where timing was critica.

“Gary stands out in the industry due to his unique and brilliant wit, combined with keen geographic prowess. He knows how to please!” Brenton, US citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“If anyone can, the Wine Man can… Gary has a large selection of quality wines, delivers to your door throughout the Shanghai metropolis. If you are having a dinner party or foods you will be serving, Gary can make a recommendation from his selection.” Allan , UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Gary is knowledgeable, hard working, humorous. He is honest and well liked. Having travelled extensively throughout world, Gary has a deep cultural understanding and inspires with his thought leadership. Needless to say, Gary knows more about wine than anyone else that I’ve ever come across and takes pride in providing great service.” Abby, UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Gary is indeed THE WINEMAN in Shanghai. For the Beefsteak and Burgundy Club, Tell your friends“The Shanghailanders” we worked together on numerous occasions where Gary was able to show his ample knowledge and talents in helping us picking the right wines for the right courses. He delivered not only quality in his expertise but also the goods he provided. Great value for money wines AND expert recommendations. Wine in Shanghai? Gary is your one-stop-shop!” Alex German Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“I have dealt with Gary at LW wines for quite some time now. Gary and his company have always delivered fantastic product and impeccable service in every dealing we have had. He has always been quick with a recommendation and no matter what the occasion, small gatherings, large parties or just wines for our personal collection, he has always delivered the best. I would wholeheartedly recommend Gary and LW wines as a first class operation.” Brian, US Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Great wine you can trust at great prices – with prompt and courteous service, what more could you ask for!” Stuart, UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Gary, provides an outstanding service for wine supplies, and is always happy to deliver at a time convenient to us. His friendly approach makes buying wine a pleasure.” Steve UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Hello Gary, I would like to thank you for your excellent service and wines. We will return to Germany. I wish you all the best for yourself, your family and your excellent business.” Marcus, a regular customer for 2 years.

“I would also like to thank few people who made an extra efforts to make this event successful: LW WINES who treated us throughout the event to some very nice wines.” wrote Arie Schreier, to attendees for the Hanukla party she organised.

“I do rather need to find a sponsor, and everyone (audience and cast) always agree that your wine is the best.” Fiona, organiser of Wine Sponsorship for East/West Theatre, SH (one of the Theatre company’s we have been sponsoring since 2011).

Cheers Graduated“The two wines from LWW were very well received at last weeks event!”, Alex, wines organiser of the Beefsteak & Burgundy Club (SH chapter).

“Oh, we still get the discount, do we?”, Jimbo of the UK: a rather surprised Regular Customer.
 
“Many thanks, (for the wines) Perhaps we will meet one day.” Howard B of the UK: Radisson Blu MD, after samples for his next wine event.
 
“The (Rioja) wine was a delight indeed and it was solely the venues fault not to have opened it according to my detailed instructions.” Alex of Germany: Food & Wine Connoisseur.
 
“Thank you most sincerely for your generosity in supporting this event. We raised in excess of 70,000RMB (probably closer to 73,000) for our nominated charity Baobei – which will enable several infants to have much needed surgery.  Thank you again for your generosity  – the bubbles were very popular!!! kind regards,” Jo of the UK: Regular customer and Charity Event Organiser @BISS.
 
“The Argentinian Torrontes went down really well with our corporate guests. Really very nice…” Mr. F of the UK: (my old boss), after a function at the British School of Shanghai.
 
“Justa quick thank you. The wine tasting with our management team was a full success and I have recommended you to my colleagues, so don´t be surprised if you get a few new Chinese customers…” Marcus of Germany: New customer Organising a wine Party at Work.
 
 ”Your selection of wines are fantastic.” Jayne of the UK, Italian wine lover, repeat customer.
 
“On behalf of all of us at Mifan Mama, our grateful thanks for supporting the fashion show last night, it was great that you came along and did your thing!  I know you were kept busy… Everyone who I have spoken to enjoyed the wine they had…” Julie of the UK: Charity event Organiser & all round Angel.
 
“Mwah! Thank you so much for this. You’re definitely a superstar and you can quote me!!” Julie of the UK, Regular Customer.
 
 ”Thanks for all your time and it was a great party! We had a great time.” Heather of the UK: Regular Customer. (client required supplied 9 different, carefully selected wines, full glass hire and myself as wine educator; complete with laminated info, charts and wine descriptors on handouts, and a mini puzzle, throughout a mammoth 7 hour Wine Party for 16 guests in a Yanlord Gardens Apartment, Pudong). Wow.
 
“They were great (wines). Thanks for the recommendations (wine), man.” Leonard of the US, Repeat Customer. (client needed wines in a hurry; from recommendation to armchair pleasure in 10 minutes flat)
 
“Everyone enjoyed the wines. Thank you. I gave out your email and website details to several people.” Anja of Germany: Repeat Customer.(96 party wines, flutes & goblets glass hire, delivery 3 days prior)
 
“You are the best, Wine Man!” Kathrin of Germany: Hub Customer.(same day delivery of party wines, to hit a budget and a delivery window)
 
“The thing about your wines, Wine Man, is they are not ‘cooked’, it’s hard to find decent wine in the supermarkets in Shanghai…your quality is way ahead. …you are consistently good, and at an amazing price.” Kien of Singapore and the UK: Hub Customer.Yadda Yadda Yoda
 
“Dear Wine Man, well received the wine in Wuhan, a great choice for the wedding occasion!” Christian, Bridegroom. (Advised, packaged & sent 54 bottles of red wine for a wedding party in Wuhan)
 
“…the Serafino Barbera D’Asti is the best wine in Shanghai for under RMB100.” Kien of Singapore and the UK: Passionate Wine Enthusiast.
 
“…thanks for everything! We will definitely keep you in mind moving forward. You guys did great and we were very happy with the service.” Matt of the US: Managing Director.(Corporate party, Xintiandi, Shanghai: Wines, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tapas, Hors D’oeuvres, Fridge, Free Glass hire, 4 hours of service)
 
“…thank you for all your help this afternoon! Everyone loved your wines. I’m really grateful to you.” Siew, of Singapore: Business Owner. (Business opening Western Suburbs, Shanghai: Sparkling, White/Red, Old/New world Wines & Free glass hire, 3 hours of service)
 
“Thank you all for coming and celebrating these magnificent wines so seldom found in Shanghai…. Just to let you know, most of the bottles we had on Saturday came in under 200rmb – normally in City Shop or Carrefour you”d be paying around 250-290 for the same quality of wine. The later reds we drank (Barbaresco, Barolo, Amarone) ranged between 240-400rmb per bottle. Bit more pricey, but oh, so silky :-D Sian of the UK: Hub Customer. (Private party Pudong, Shanghai: 17 different Sparkling, White & Red, Old and New world Wines carefully selected and appraised over 4.5 hours, plus me, educating. Free glasses hire)
 
“…thank you for coming and supporting our event. It is easy to be good hosts when you have great wine and great people who are passionate about wine. Good times: Good People: Good Wines indeed. Maybe that should be a slogan!” Kien of Singapore and the UK: Passionate Wine-Lover. (private wine tasting party: wines and glasses)
 
Not Sure about Yoda’s comments though.
TWM

Wineducation: The Different Wine Types: An Infographic

February 4, 2017
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Here an interesting Infographic bestowing all the Wine Styles under the sun… Different types of wine infographic by madelinep.  

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# WINE CLUB: The ‘Third Way’

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Club Wine Offerings now include a ‘third way’ personal service, running since October 2014. Tell us you want to receive a case of 12 wines (minimum) each month. We’ll discuss your favourites (and likely future favourites), your comfortable average spend per bottle and ratios of reds to whites to roses to Sparkling wines; to assemble a base list from which to select your wines each month. The changing mixes of wines will be brought to your place in multiples of 12 bottles on a set date.

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De Bortoli Australian Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 btls: REDUCED

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The Holy Trinity from the Sacred Hill range by De Bortoli is always ¥120 less than the retail price (except when we slash it further during promotions: like now!). Award Winning wines. Includes Shanghai Marriott’s House Red. Honoured as Winestate Magazine’s Australian Winery of the year 2010. We love De Bortoli. Also in the Sacred Hill range: Shiraz (a bronze medal winner) & Cabernet-Merlot (silver Medal Winner). BTW, their Family Selection range is the same wine in a different package.

Price: ¥1,125

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About us: Our Shipping Policy: FREE DELIVERY

January 18, 2017
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Our Shipping Policy Explained For 2018 we have further reduced the required spend to qualify for Free delivery in all zones. We ship with FREE Delivery throughout Shanghai, when geographical minimum order amounts are met. However, fees positively influence reductions in the number of journeys made to locations. For clearer pricing, fewer Shanghai traffic journeys and […]

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Subscribe for a 7.5% Discount & membership benefits

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LWwines would like to offer you a treat. Please enjoy a 7.5% discount off your very first order. All subscribers to our newsletter benefit from both the standard membership benefits, plus…access these exclusive benefits: a 7.5% ‘new subscriber’ discount off any 12 wines of your choice from our tiers 1, 2 and 3 when mixed […]

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About Us: LWwines’ Edge

January 3, 2017
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We are fully independent. No gimmicks, flashing nonsense, pop-ups, unrelated ads or eternal sales pitches from us. So, both regular wine buffs and infrequent wine drinker novices choose us. We do what we say we will do. I know: that’s a small miracle anywhere, but here in SH, doubly so. Don’t just take our word for it. Ask around. Customers should shop around though; browse elsewhere: Keep an eye out. Then recognise for themselves, our worth. It’s a healthy way to be.

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Wineducation: Beginner’s Guide to Wine: An Infographic

November 7, 2016
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Here’s an infographic we found. It’s a little bit ‘hit and miss’, but worth a look. To be honest, we don’t see no value at all in the ‘colouring’ area of the chart, given that Malbec is certainly about as far from being Pink as can be imagined…and personally think the glass shape issue is […]

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Blind Tastings: an objection to a subjective view: redux

August 26, 2016
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For the most part, groups often displayed elements of disharmony, brought about by some perceived skill and knowledge disparity. Rather than an open, exploratory forum fostering growth; simplistic, defensive positions often arose. In short, attendees felt unsettled during the experience and I had no desire to be in a room full of people who either didn’t want to be there or who wanted to crow louder than anyone else

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Taste Tests: #8

August 14, 2016

Here is our eighth 2015 report into 8 (plus a sneaky extra 1) wines recently tested. The intention (failing miserably again today) is to limit the number of wines in each report, ensuring bite-sized nuggets, released with greater regularity whilst avoiding over-brevity-inducing pointless, vacuous blah-blah (some hope of that!). Sometimes, a theme reveals itself: Sometimes […]

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“South American Stars Pack”: (Tier 1-3) 12 btls HUGE upgrade

South American Stars (Tier 1,2&3) 12 Bottles

The already impressive case just got a massive upgrade to the status its name deserves with an influx of new, award winning, red wines. A fabulous vertical line-up of intriguing South American icons (and new comers) from tiers 1, 2 & 3. A veritable feast of experiences with our seal of approval and at a neat value point. We are very proud to create and present this selection of treats. We love all the wines in this pack. You will too.

Price: ¥1,899

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Why we love Italy

July 19, 2016
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Italy has it all. Variety In wine terms, few countries offer the vast range and sheer variety as Italy. Its versatility seems boundless. As does the romance, the variety of styles, the integrity and innovation. Others do come close. I mean France is pretty diverse too, perhaps more-so. But French wines come with a caveat […]

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Wineducation: Wine costs the Earth these days…An Infographic

July 10, 2016
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It is often said that to know the cost of something is less impressive than to know its value. This relates particularly to consumption. Here’s an infographic that we, as wine lovers (and hopefully, planet lovers) really need to consider concerning the earthly cost of wine; increasingly an issue. Turning Water and Energy Into Wine […]

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Whites Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 bottles: Price Reduced & revamped with flexible options

Whites Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 bottles

REDESIGN plus request options: Popular New & Old World tier 1 whites. 3 Chardonnays in various styles, without ‘oakiness’ including a regular award winner; 1 blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Also includes a tasty fresh Sauvignon Blanc and an elegant Pinot Grigio.

Price: ¥1,050

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Cabernet Sauvignon Pack (Tier 1 & 2) 6 btls

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Carefully put together for our customers who want to to take their wine appreciation to the next level; maybe looking for the differences between continents, regions, producers. Each is different, while each retains the typicality of a true, crafted Cabernet without breaking the bank. Discover the tantalizing & mysterious, breadth & depth within the wine world. A case for the adventurous & the curious.

Price: ¥1,050

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French Taster Pack 12 Bottles (Tier 1&2)

French Taster Pack

Introduced in February 2015, we’ve strung together some gems here. It’s pretty much a journey through French wine. The variety of styles and grapes is a perfect roster for anyone wanting to explore the Gallic perspective. Famous families, Awards Winners, legends: together at a very reasonable price level with some smaller producers. Now that’s what I call a French Connection. Some lovely French replacements waiting in the wings, as some of these are bound to run out this year.

Price: ¥1,300

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About Us: Why We Are Here

June 22, 2016
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We supply the wines that 30 years of product knowledge tells us are the right wines, at the right prices: Free of bankrupt or out of date stock, counterfeits and dodgy deals. We let others occupy that murky world. We even talk about it.

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About Us: Consultation Visits

May 14, 2016
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This service will appeal to clients expecting a budget in the region of upwards of ¥50,000.

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Taste Test: #7

April 14, 2016
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‘It’s better to have loved and lost…’ and some of these offerings and are now lost forever, but there are always going to be more ‘fish in the sea’….some, even without web pages…. We don’t blind test : who would, except for a laugh? (read our views on that pseudo-science here.) Here is the fourth […]

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Taste Test: #6:

March 4, 2016
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There’s a tendency in complex, intelligent human brains (and in our tasting sessions) to try predict what a wine might taste like even before we even open it. We all do it. All of us. Even you. Always have; always will. That guesswork can have profound influences on expectations, being based on subjective issues like […]

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