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Saturday wine festival planner: Crush and Rioja Fantástica

We'll cheers to that

Photograph: Pavel Shubskiy courtesy Social Supply (Crush)
Hear that? It’s the sound of clinking glasses as two Shanghai wine festivals are going down this weekend. Whichever you choose to grace (maybe drop by both) expect there to plenty of toasting to go around.

Crush

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Photograph: courtesy Social Supply

Social Supply’s annual all-things-wine affair Crush returns for its third edition this weekend and, unlike in previous years, the festival will be running for the full week with nightly wine-led antics on the agenda. There’s a wine cocktail workshop at J. Boroski, afternoon tea at Wulu, a wine dinner at SOiF, a funky wine and show pairing at Shake and a Great Gatsby-themed cocktail cinema at Grand Banks (see the full schedule here).

The sipping, however, officially kicks off on Saturday in the courtyard at La Maison where over 20 vendors will be onsite with New Worlds, Old worlds, naturals… the lot, all for your civilised (or not) consumption. Some of the distributors and makers supplying bottles include Pudao Wines, Chine Wine & Spirits, KC Wine, Le Sommelier and Wine Wave. The latter will also be in charge of the sounds courtesy of co-founders and DJs Endy (Daily Vinyl) and Frau (China Social Club).

For those looking to keep the revelry alive into the wee hours, there’s an afterparty at Heim from 10pm (about a five-minute walk away from La Maison). Packages are available, with 280RMB getting you five food and drink vouchers at the market as well as entry to the club.


Rioja Fantástico

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Photograph: courtesy Rioja

The cheersing continues on Saturday over at Shankang Li where Spanish wine and food festival Rioja Fantástico will be set up for a day dedicated to wines from the country’s Rioja region. One thing you’ll be certain to get (aside from a hangover) is a crash course in one of Spain’s biggest wine bastions – as there’ll be over hundred varieties of vino on offer from well-known wineries including Viña Real, Ramón Bilbao, CVNE and Finca Allende.

It’s not only about the drink here though, food will be playing an important part in the day too. Behind the stalls, you'll see familiar faces like Sergio Moreno (The Commune Social), Lucky Lasagna (Italo), Thijs Oomens (Tacolicious) and Azul's own Eduardo Vargas and Willmer Colmenares among others. Each will be serving up some of their signature tapas dishes, like rum raisin and almond tres leches cake, cheese empanadas with guacamole and lime mayonnaise, pork leg roasted in Peruvian spices and Spanish octopus omelette. Festival entry is 150RMB, which comes with ten food and wine tickets to start you off.

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