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Find Your Wine Style

The WineSign Experience has finally made it to Chinese shores. Developed in Bordeaux by a team of experts who studied the taste preferences of 3,000 people and created 45 resulting wine profiles, this fun and innovative discovery tool has landed at NAPA Wine Bar & Kitchen. Consisting of an interactive tasting of six wines, participants receive their customised style profile at the end of the session, along with recommendations on grape varietals and wines available to purchase from NAPA's well-stocked cellar.

The hour long experience is fun for novices and aficionados alike. As a group you discuss the bouquet, flavours and colours of three reds and three whites. After sampling each you enter a score into a personal remote; several general taste preference questions are asked as well. At the end, your responses are entered into a top secret algorithm that spits out a personalised wine sign. This reviewer was horrified to find out he fell into the TRENDY/SENSUAL category, but after actually reading the profile found it to be very accurate.

The WineSign is held every Thursday night at 7pm and Sundays at noon. Sessions are RMB 260 per person. Thursday nights include a WineSign and three course set dinner (including personalised wines) promotion for RMB 590. Sunday brunches include free flow food for RMB 248 and selected half-price wines. Also, for groups of eight or larger, the WineSign can be schedule at flexible times throughout the week. Check out NAPA online for their various weekly wine-based promos.

WineSign @ NAPA Wine Bar & Kitchen. 57 Jiangyin Lu. Tel: 6318 0057. Web:

Free Beer!

For the month of September local sports bar Windows Scoreboard is getting a bit crazy. To, the bar plans to giveaway 100 kegs of beer for free! That is 6,000 pints of Tiger and Budweiser draft to be consumed by the thirsty, and soon-to-be drunk, masses in just a few short weeks.

Promos will be popping up all month, starting with a beer pong tournament (with free beer and entry) this evening. This weekend from 4:30 - 11pm on both Friday and Saturday, free beer will be given away for absolutely free! That's 13 hours of free beer. Did we mention there would be free beer? What could possibly go wrong?

Windows Scoreboard. 11F, 527 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Chengdu Lu. Tel: 5382 7757.

The Barn Comes To Shanghai

Exciting news for lovers of eco-friendly, European fashion: Dutch Items Shanghai has announced they will be carrying the popular Dutch fashion label – The Barn – as part of their Fall/Winter 2010 Import Collection. The city’s three boutiques will be the exclusive point of sale for the label in China. Founded in the mid-90s by buyer and designer Marian Gunning and former banker Jaap Boerma, The Barn uses natural fabrics – think wool, cotton and linen – to create affordable designs which are comfortable yet sophisticated, feminine and unique. The company gets its name from the location of its original office – an old barn tucked away in a small rural town in the Netherlands.

This is the first time The Barn will be available in China. A limited quantity of tunics, cardigans and dresses will be available in a range of earthy colors including brown, off-white, black, midnight blue and aubergine. Items will be in stock from late September and are available in sizes S-XXL, EU 36-46. Prices range from RMB 950 – 1,290.

Dutch Items Shanghai:

Ferguson Lane Boutique: Block K, Room 111, 376 Wukang Lu, near Hunan Lu. Tel: 6126 7661

Pudong Boutique: Across Carrefour Jinqiao, 616 Biyun Lu (Green Court), near Lan’an Lu. Tel: 6105 9433

Hongqiao Boutique: Hongmei Lu Lane 3215, No. 201, near Hongsong Lu. Tel: 6406 3661

Mooncakes for the Elderly

Join Dragonfly and share your love with a lonely elderly person this Mid-Autumn Festival by donating a box of mooncakes in any one of five participating Dragonfly Retreats from 8-20 September 2010. The deal is simple: bring a box of mooncakes to Dragonfly and receive RMB 200 in coupons -- RMB 100 toward a Dragonfly service and RMB 100 toward an "I Care Liwu Experience" gift.

In collaboration at Shanghai Charity Foundation and BEAN, Dragonfly will be donating all collected mooncakes to elderly residents in the community at two old folks homes.

This offer expires 21 September 2010. Coupon valid to 30 Nov. 2010. Limit one coupon per treatment per customer. Participating outlets are Donghu, Xinle, Kerry Centre, Hongmei, and Hongfeng retreats. 


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