Toast to the end of hell on earth, also known as summer in Shanghai, with First Cellars’ Summer Sale. Featuring 13 wines ranging from sparkling to sweet, the deal lets you save up to 60 percent on some of them. No excuse, then, for not staying hydrated throughout the rest of this hot weather, or until the deal runs out at the end of August. Here’s a sampling of the wines on offer.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve
Lightly floral and fresh, this Champagne offers notes of ripe apple and glazed apricot, layered with subtle hints of almond paste, biscuit, honey, and ground spice. It has a fine balance and lively mousse that lingers at the end.
Mr Mick ‘Gela’ Cuvee Brut Sparkling
‘Mr Mick’ is a range of wines by Tim Adams, one of Australia’s most talented winemakers. Made from Riesling grapes harvested northeast of Clare Valley, South Australia, this sparkling wine has fresh apple and citrus aromas with a savory complexity.
Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc
Peter Yealand is a New Zealand winemaker whose aim is to make environmentally-friendly wines. His Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough packs a nose of ripe passionfruit and guava, underpinned with fresh herbs and blackcurrant. The palate is brimming with zingy fruit that’s balanced with a long, crisp mineral finish.
Kris Pinot Grigio
From storied winemaker Franz Haas, this is a classic Italian Pinot Grigio and the perfect summertime wine. Made in Alto Adige using grapes sourced from Italy’s most esteemed growing regions, it has aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine, and hints of apricots and almonds. On the palate, it’s lean and refreshing with notes of blossom and honey.
Barba “Colle Morino” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red Italian wine made from the Montepulciano grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. This one has aromas of ripe berry, cooking spice and a whiff of violet. The palate offers dark cherry and a hint of almond alongside subtle tannins.
Espelt Old Vines Garnacha
This Spanish wine is harvested from 90-year-old Garnarcha vines. It has aromas of wild berries and smoke, and a complex palate that’s layered and long-lasting. Farmed using sustainable and organic practices.
Paxton The Guesser Cabernet Shiraz
A Cabernet Sauvignon made in South Australia, this wine displays ripe plum and cherry-chocolate flavors with a hint of dried herbs. It’s balanced on the palate with soft, round tannins and a long fruity finish. Farmed using sustainable or organic practices.
Azul 10 year Tawny Port
Port is one of the most famous sweet fortified wine in the world and is only made in Portugal’s Douro Valley. This is a concentrated and elegant wine with aromas of raisins, toffee, coffee, and almonds. It pairs well with cheese and chocolate- or fruit-based desserts.
For more wines and offers, visit First Cellars’ website
About First Cellars
When the founders of First Cellars came to China, they realized that the wine market was saturated with low-quality, high-priced alcohol only and decided to do something about it, establishing a company with the mission to offer low-priced, high-quality wine that delivers anywhere in China. Their number one rule? If they would not spend their own money on it, they don’t sell it. Head on over to their website to check out what they have in store for you.