G20 wines: What world leaders drank over dinner in China
China’s president, Xi Jinping, greeted world leaders at the G20 summit with a banquet of local cuisine and Chinese wines.
A Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and a Chardonnay 2012 from the Beijing-based Chateau Changyu AFIP Global were the wines paired with the traditional Hangzhou cuisine.
‘Sweet and sour mandarin fish’ and ‘orange-flavoured crab meat’ were among the traditional Hangzhou dishes served at the banquet.
China has made a tradition of serving Chinese wines to international guests at state banquets.
Red wine has a strong symbolic significance in China. Red is commonly associated with fortune and joy in the traditional Chinese culture.
Chateau Changyu AFIP Global was established in 2007 and is owned by Changyu, one of China’s largest wine producers.
Its wine have been used at several state dinners in China, including for president Obama’s visit from the US in 2009.
The G20 opening banquet menu
Pine mushroom Soup
Sweet and sour mandarin fish
Stir-fried shrimps with Longjing tea leaves
Orange-flavoured crab Meat
Hangzhou-style fillet steak
Fruits and ice cream
Coffee and tea