Modo has taken the bull by the horns by sticking an all-Spanish lineup in its wine preservation machines. It will rotate about 50 wines through the 16 slots over the next few months. For more value, use the cash card-based machines at a 20 percent discount daily from 6 PM to 8 PM.
I joined a group of samplers on Saturday and liked the Emilio Moro Finca Resalso 2009, a medium-bodied slightly spicy wine with funky aromas and a ghetto edge — rmb9, rmb28 and rmb55 for 25ml, 75ml and 150ml pours respectively.
(On the other hand, one wine — I can’t remember which — had lots of youthful fruit that was quickly overwhelmed by the tannins. It was like seeing a group of kids gaily playing in a sandbox and being in the way of a runaway dump truck. Wine makers: stop that dump truck.)
Temple Restaurant has started weekend brunch service at rmb350 per person, including tea / coffee / soft drink. Brunch is from 11:30 AM to 3 PM.
Bang! Bang! in Shuangjing is among the many places offering Christmas meals. The four-course lunch on December 25 is rmb295 comes with free-flow beer and mulled wine. RSVP with Steve at williamson.steve (at) gmail.com / 8776-4533.
Ole is doing a Christmas Eve dinner with four courses, from Vizcaya-style codfish to chocolate souffle, paired with Spanish wines. Dinner starts at 9:30 PM and is rmb395. RSVP with Yolanda at ygarval (at) gmail.com (indicate if you prefer beef or chicken as your main).
Expect also a full slate of New Year’s Eve events. I’ll have more later but for now a heads up that The Beijing Beatles will play at George’s Bar. Entry is rmb50 and includes one drink. And word is that DJ Press/Play (formerly DJ Running with Scissors) and DJ Diaper are teaming up on December 31.
Finally, Fubar will hold a comedy night tomorrow. Just waiting for some final details and will add them here as soon as they become available…