23 February 2016

Tipple talk


Wine and laughs

Chinese stand-up comedian Joe Wong, whose US appearances have included the White House correspondents' dinner and the Letterman and Ellen shows, will bring a feature-length set in English to Beijing's Cheers store at Gulou on Saturday, as part of the Comedy Club China series being staged at several venues. 150 yuan ($23).

Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm on Feb 27; 245 Gulou Dong Dajie; reservations by e-mail required: nigel@comedyclubchina.com.

Beery brunch and more

The Beijing Invitational Craft Beer Festival will be at TRB Copper from Friday through Sunday. Brew lovers will enjoy tastings from at least 10 brands from countries including the United States, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, spread over seven two-hour sessions from Friday to Sunday. Foodies will want to arrive early for a five-course TRB brunch with beer pairings (650 yuan per person) at 11 am Saturday and Sunday. Later sessions are limited to 240 people, to give guests time and space to sample beers from a variety of breweries. Advance tickets for afternoon sessions are 250 yuan per person and include free-flow drinks, canapes provided by TRB and a limited-edition 2016 BICBF glass; tickets at the door are 300 yuan as available. Tickets are now on sale at festival sponsor Great Leap Brewing's three locations and online at 247tickets.cn.


Return of Jancis Robinson

The Chinese Wine Summit includes a master class by wine expert Jancis Robinson, titled The Pearls of New World Wine, on Friday in Chengdu and on Sunday in Shanghai. Robinson, the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine, is the wine columnist for the Financial Times and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine and The Wine Grapes. Other master classes will be offered in Shanghai only by French wine critic Bernard Burtschy and Italian expert Ian D'Agata. Each master class is 3,000 yuan; attend all three in Shanghai for 7,800 yuan.

Robinson class in Chengdu at St. Regis Hotel, 88 South Taisheng Road, Qingyang district, 1-3 pm on Friday.

Robinson class in Shanghai at Kempinski Hotel, 9:30-11:30 am on Sunday

For tickets or additional info: contact@Chinesewinesummit.com or 021-6236-0991.