Wednesday Wine Nights At E&O

Jo McGarry
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Friday - October 13, 2006
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Kenwei Chong
Kenwei Chong

There’s no doubt that a really good bottle of wine can add much to a meal, but sometimes the cost of buying such a bottle in a restaurant can be prohibitive. Wines by the glass can help cut the cost of an otherwise hefty check, but sometimes you just really want to enjoy a whole bottle. Here’s how you can. At E&O Trading Company, the South East Asian restaurant at Ward Centre, there’s 50 percent off all wines (excluding champagne) on Wednesdays.

“We wanted to find a way to encourage people who’d perhaps not tried us out yet,” says co-owner Kenwei Chong. “And certainly the wine program is proving to be a great success.” So much so, that wine lovers are ordering some of the restaurant’s award-winning wines - and saving a bunch. “We had a group here last week and they could-n’t believe the price for a bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet. It’s usually $130 a bottle, so at 50 per cent off, they had a great time and ordered several bottles.”

That’s the way to approach a wine special night. Don’t look for the cheapest bottle on the list (but it’s $22 in case you’re wondering), look for something that you wouldn’t normally be able to try. The Trevor Jones Chardonnay for example is a wonderful wine, full of bright tones, tropical fruit and the signature depth and body that Jones, a passionate and decidedly fun Australian wine maker brings to all of his highly allocated wines. At $15 a bottle on Wednesday evening, it’s cheaper than you’d be able to find at retail, and it’s an excellent pairing for some of E&O’s Southeast Asian dishes. Or try the Joseph Phelps ‘02 Cabernet Sauvignon,from Napa Valley. A marvelously rich, robust wine with great body and a very smooth finish, it’s just $37.50 on wine night.

“We’ve had such a great reaction to the wines on the list,” says Kenwei, “the 50 percent off promotion is creating a lot of excitement. It’s a great way for groups of wine lovers to get together and try something exceptional that perhaps might normally be a little out of their reach.”

Like the Silver Oak, or even Far Niente, Chardonnay. But if you really want to go for incredible value for money, the Marquis Philips ‘03 Cabernet would be hard to resist. This wine is a great value wine any day of the week, but Wednesdays at E&O it’s just $16 a bottle.

If you haven’t been to E&O, I can promise you’ll love the décor. Silk fabrics, wooden artifacts and warm, vibrant wall colors give an impression of the East as soon as you walk through the doorway. It’s the perfect place to relax after work with a group of friends and enjoy some excellent food and wine values unlike any others in town this month.

There’s no word yet on how long the promotion will last, so grab a good friend and head on over for a glass or two of something special.

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