DR Wine

Jul 08, 2010 1 Comment by

This is the first article of a long list, at least we hope, concerning wine bars in Shanghai.

We decided to inaugurate this series with the very famous wine bar, DR Wine. It was the first time for Lucas and for me. We first ordered a bottle of an Australian red wine: Watershed, Select Vineyards 2006, Margaret River, Shiraz. It is described as “spicy, blackberries flavors, soft Shiraz style”. Priced at 190RMB, this makes the bottle one of the cheapest of the wine list. But this was definitely a good value for money choice. It also gave us the necessary courage to go and talk to a group of strangers who were having a bottle of the South African Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap 2006 red wine. Described as “big body, slightly spicy, rich, a very popular South African wine”, this wine is made out of a mix of Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Viognier.

Actually, we wanted to give the floor to a group of customers so that they could tell us why they were having a bottle of wine specifically at DR Wine. Thomas, Arnaud and Qing, two French guys and one Chinese girl were kind enough to answer our questions. As Thomas told us, DR Wine is the place to go if you want to have a talk with friends in a very smooth atmosphere. Lounge music, big sofas, good wine and French cheese were the four main reasons for them meeting here. “DR Wine is the place to have a drink with friends if you want to have a proper discussion”, Thomas said. With a good selection of wines from every region in the world, “DR Wine is the place if you want to discover new wines. The wine list is updated quite regularly”. Thomas, who has been living in Shanghai for two years, working as an engineer in the construction of the Shanghai subway, likes to discover wines, especially not French. Quite surprising for a French guy but as he explains: “I like wines from the new world”. So be it ! After the Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap red, they ordered a bottle of Bushman’s Gully 2008. This is an Australian white wine from Adelaide Hills in Australia made out from Semillon and Chardonnay grapes. This is said to contain “ripe tropical fruits, hints of herbs” and to be “unique style”.

After he ordered this wine, we dared a last question to Thomas: “what is your favorite wine and food pairing?” and guess what he answered: “a good tartiflette with a white wine from Savoie”. A French wine at last!

This last answer reminded us that we should go to Napa Wine Bar and Valley for one of our next interviews. Why? Because the owner has just opened “Le Chalet”, a Swiss restaurant in Shanghai. And for sure, you can find tartiflette and Savoie wines there.

Ari for Zhongguo Wine

See other reviews:

Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen

The House of Roosevelt


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