There are, naturally enough, some great Napa wines on offer to match executive chef Patrick Dang’s “simple and clean, yet bold and flavorful food at Shanghai’s Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen. Big names such as Dominus, Harlan, Opus One, Joseph Phelps, and Shafer are all represented, with both recent and mature vintages. But sampling the best of the California region is by no means the only reason to visit. Indeed the selection is superbly varied, not least in that part of the list that the judges at the World’s Best Wine Lists awards deemed better than anywhere else in Asia: the by-the-glass choices.
Offering both affordable and genuinely fine wines, the by-the-glass list features a diverse range of top producers from a long list of countries: France’s Champagne Deutz and Domaine de Chevalier (Bordeaux), Italy’s Antinori, Argentina’s Norton, Australia’s Torbreck, Chile’s Viña Aquitania, Spain’s Alvaro Palacios, the USA’s Hess and Yao Family, New Zealand’s Greywacke, and China’s Grace Vineyard. The list goes on in a superbly structured by-the-glass program.