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The best wines in Shanghai can be found at many of the city’s fine dining restaurants, several of which have dedicated pairing menus.
In Xintiandi, a stone’s throw from The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai stalwart T8 offers an extensive selection of wines, many of which are organic and biodynamic. The restaurant’s general manager and sommelier will advice you on pairings based on your taste preferences. Those who want their wine choices to be a surprise can try the chef’s tasting menu, which changes seasonally depending on available ingredients. Each course is paired with a wine hand-chosen by T8’s sommelier.
At Palladio, the Portman-Ritz Carlton’s Italian restaurant, the wine list is Bible-thick, enticing guests with more than 100 bottles. The restaurants GM also oversees its wine program and is on hand to offer suggestions. If your timing’s right, you may be in Shanghai for one of Palladio’s exciting wine dinners, held by wine makers from around the globe who’ve come to Shanghai to share their bottles.
Down at the south Bund, Table No. 1 continues to serve continental fare in a refined, industrial-chic environment. The restaurant’s wine list has a slew of Old World labels as well as bottles from newer regions like Hungary and South Africa. Beyond red, white, and rose, Table No. 1 also stocks a number of bottles of Champagne, ready to be popped on those special occasions.
The focus at Napa Wine Bar and Kitchen is pairing food with wine, not the other way around. The restaurant’s smaller cellar houses 300 bottles of wine but, downstairs, there’s a 350 square foot cellar, one of the city’s largest. Diners here will find bottles for a range of budgets. You’ll find bottles from the world over, including impressive vintages, but Napa also sells locally produced Grace Vineyard wines. Chef Patrick Dang, formerly of T8, serves inventive dishes that complement but never overpower the accompanying wine.