With a name like that, you’d think that prices at the Fullerton Hotel’s new wine bar/retail shop are going to be exorbitant. What’s really going on though, is a large range of critically-rated 100-pointer wines that are available for under $100. Whatever your stance on Parkerization and wine-scoring, it’s hard to argue that these are all quality vinos. The list seems to be Bordeaux-focused, although names you’ll find on the list include Ramoney and M. Chapoutier. For those special occasions, you can get your Rothschilds and Latours at relatively reasonable rates. There’s a 10% service charge to drink your wines at the airy, comfortable courtyard, where the Fullerton team will also offer a range of snacks to go with your drink. They’ve also got the runner-up for this year’s Singapore National Sommelier Competition, Lucas Liu, as the senior somm here.
Lobby level, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 9067-8497
If you’re sneaking off for a lunchtime glass (or two) of wine, Dempsey would be a good bet on where not to be spotted. There’s also a constantly-changing selection of more notable premium labels picked by wine manager Kok Wyman, all made available by the glass thanks to the Coravin system. There’s no particular focus, which gives guests the chance to explore everything from bold, intense Napa Valley reds from renowned producers, to classic Burgundian whites, as well as a range of biodynamic and natural labels. Culina also distributes wine, so there’s a stunning range available by the bottle – all of which can be drunk at the bar counter for a token, flat corkage fee. Return frequently, because while the wines by the glass rotate monthly, the available types of charcuterie and cheese changes even faster than that. Open wine tastings happen every Thursday.
15 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6474-7338
Empathy Rose and The General Shiraz 2016 now available in Singapore
American rose is slowly shedding its reputation for (read: white zinfandel) being sweet or otherwise unassuming. There is, however, an increasing number of those making roses that would drink equally well at the beach or with food. Enter the wines from Empathy, a company started by wine critic-turned entrepreneur/marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk. There’s an entire story about how Empathy, through the wonders of e-commerce, skips the distributor and retailer so consumers get value; but the main draw is the liquid in the bottle – an eclectic blend of shiraz, pinot noir, grenache, barbera, and tannat, with small amounts of carignan, muscat. Grapes are sourced directly from producers around California, with the resulting wine featuring plenty of big, juicy fruits and enough complexity to keep things interesting. Also dropped recently is the 2016 vintage of The General Shiraz, a big, classic Barossa wine that plays very well with spicy local cuisine.