|1pm - 2am|
|5-1, South Tianxianqiao Rd. |
|028 8661 9786|
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
MORE was hosted recently at Vinoteca, a comfortable wine bar across the river from Lan Kwai Fong. The design background of proprietor Daniel Chen, whom we know from other wine-related projects in town, is on display and makes a warm and lively setting for the crowd. We sampled a few of their, by-the-glass, selections ranging from 40-60RMB, including whites and rosés, appreciating that all were served at the right temperature and using serious glassware.
The bilingual wine list features more than 150 bottles from 30 countries organized into whites, rosé, and bubbly; reds by personality; sweet, and treasures. Tasting notes are on each description, and we could learn a lot about wine just by reading the list. With the exception of the ‘treasures’ section most of the prices are in very accessible low three figure territory. Though wine is the main event, there are a handful of small house cognacs and armagnac and a few cocktails, The cocktail menu is unique in Chengdu, featuring drinks make with wine.
The night we visited, staff were working the pair of toaster ovens and hot plates behind the counter and turning out an appealing selection of nibbles to go with the drinks. There are a few platters of small bites, small open-faced sandwiches, roasted potatoes, Italian ham, cheese, olives, and nuts. They use cheeses such as Brie, goat, and bleu which we were fighting over, due to their rarity in the ‘Du. There is cheese and chocolate fondue available in the winter time, and a couple of sweet things like cheesecake and tiramisu. The menu also has a few dishes for bigger appetites such as salad, pasta, and a sandwich. On Wednesday through Saturday evenings live shows bring in more crowds and booking a table is recommended; their tasting room is comfortable for about a dozen. Besides this location, there is a small Vinoteca near Kuanzhai Alley that features French wines only. We are also looking forward to the next Vintoeca, planned for Taikoo Li near Daci Temple later this year, which will be the largest yet and have a full menu.