Drink and be merry
This October, the Singapore Wine Fiesta celebrates its 10th anniversary with the theme “The Best Of”. The goal: Bring you the best of all the elements that’s made its past runs so well-loved, from unlimited wine tastings to exclusive opportunities to learn from the winemakers themselves.
Armed with a tasting glass, stroll around the fiesta all afternoon to savour more than 300 wines, from reds and whites to champagnes and rosés (or all of them – nobody’s judging!). This year, “The Best Of” Wine Fiesta will feature rare wines from some of the most established wineries around the world as well as new producers emerging on the wine scene. (All of this for only $45?! Book your tickets here.)
Not that you’ll need to! Six renowned Singapore-based chefs will be whipping up a dedicated spread of gastronomic delights to complement the wines on showcase. Pair the USA wines with flame-licked American BBQ goodness from the folks at Meatsmith, and let Aussie restaurant Salted and Hung transport you to the Adelaide Hills or Margaret River, with stellar wines from those regions to match.
Even if it’s only mid-afternoon. Want to take it slow? Our reco: Sample the wineries’ plethora of light, crisp rosés, which are perfect to enjoy all day long. Some of this year’s pink palate-pleasers: AIX Rosé 2016 from Coteau d’Aix en Provence, France, with youthful notes of watermelon, strawberries and flowers; Pasqua 11 Minutes Rosé Delle Venezie 2016 from Veneto, Italy, which embodies the most noble qualities of the grapes, softly pressed for exactly 11 minutes; and Philippe Gamet Brut Rosé from Champagne, France, a delicate rosé with delicious notes of redcurrants and pears.
Whether you’re team red or white, and whether you drink with your pinkies up or not. After all, “there’s no right or wrong way to drink wine,” proclaims Kathy Lim-Sheehy, Group CEO of organiser The Straits Wine Company. So forget about intimidating, formal settings and all that fancy schmancy stuff. And immerse yourself in the convivial, casual atmosphere of the fiesta tent – overlooking Marina Bay – with wine connoisseurs and social drinkers alike.
Here’s a secret: The three-day celebration of all things wine-related actually kicks off the evening before at the Winemakers’ Table Dinner (limited tickets at $150 per person). Seat yourself in the beautiful heritage restaurant Tamarind Hill in the Labrador Nature Reserve, and savour traditional and contemporary Siamese cuisine, along with wine pairings thoughtfully chosen by the winemakers and sommeliers. Book your tickets here.
26 October 2017, 6.30-10.30pm
30 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119189
More than 60 winemakers will be at the fiesta to share their knowledge and philosophies at the Wine Circles (where you can sit on wine crates, because wine). Discuss topics like cool wines for hot weather, and listen to the winemakers share their amusing and sometimes adventurous tales.
Surely, all of that wine will make your dancing a bit better, right? Don’t let your moves go to waste! Stay for the special 10th anniversary after-party, with tunes curated by the folks at hip Kilo Lounge. Still need a little more liquid courage? Bottles go for sale at discounted prices. Oh, and entrance to the after-party is FREE!
27 October 2017, 8-10pm; 28 October 2017, 6-10pm; 29 October 2017, 6-9pm
Wine Fiesta 2017
27-29 October 2017
Day 1 (27 Oct): 4pm–10pm; day 2 (28 Oct): 12pm–10pm; day 3 (29 Oct): 12pm–9pm)
Clifford Square (next to Fullerton Bay Hotel), 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Book your tickets ($45 for 1 or $99 for 3) here!
By Pinky Chng, October 2017
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