In Chinese culture, the roundness and fullness of the harvest moon is a symbol of reunion, abundance and fulfilment. The mid-autumn festival, also known as the mooncake festival, is one of China’s biggest festivals – a time for friends and family to unite and enjoy each other’s company, to count blessings and share the finest food and wine.
Mooncakes are an essential part of the festivities, and come in a plethora of flavours and styles. We are delighted to welcome our host Janet Z. Wang back to the St. James’s Room, who among her many talents possesses a rare gift for pairing mooncakes and wine.
Join us for a fun evening spent exploring Janet’s creative pairings, as she reveals the cultural and agricultural significance of the moon in China and much of East Asia.
Have you considered, for instance, that the much-heralded viticultural practice of biodynamics, a system based on the phases of the moon, has formed the foundation of Asian agricultural practices and calendars for many millennia? What does that mean for the wine and saké cultural history of China and Japan? Consider this a delicious way to find out…
Janet Z. Wang is the author of The Chinese Wine Renaissance and wine expert for Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, among various media appearances.
The wine and mooncake pairings we will be enjoying:
Jade Dove Ugni Blanc / Italian Riesling Blend 2019, Ningxia, China
Mooncake pairing flavour – white lotus
Silver Heights Family Reserve Chardonnay 2017, Ningxia, China
Mooncake pairing flavour – matcha
TOKU Junmai Daiginjo, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Mooncake pairing flavour: assorted nuts & Iberico ham
Feitswei Reserve Syrah 2019, Ningxia, China
Mooncake pairing flavour: red bean
Silver Heights Family Reserve 2014, Ningxia, China
Mooncake pairing flavour: ‘Su’ style flakey pastry savoury pork mooncake
Silk Road Vineyards Vidal Ice Wine 2017, Yili, Xinjiang, China
Mooncake pairing flavour: charcoal, salty yolk custard
Monday 2nd October
St. James’s Room
18:30 – Glass on arrival
19:00 – Masterclass begins
20:30 – Masterclass ends
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