Singapore has tonnes of wine shops and websites that sell wine.
From big stores to small outlets, the offer is gigantic, which is great but can be challenging to sort through. Besides that, the prices can go up fairly fast.
Personally, I don’t want to open a special or expensive bottle of wine every other day. That is why I always have a few “Wednesday night” wines at home: Wines that are great with most food, good for your budget and super to drink.
I love them because I don’t have to stress about having to finish them to justify their price, nor do I have to specially pair them with anything. Without thinking, I – or, with my wine picks below, you – have a nice and affordable glass of red for every occasion! (Mind you, I’ve also written about why I believe it’s “rosé time” all the time.)
Allow me to share my three go-to red wines – they’re delicious, easy to drink and extremely affordable. This list is focused on Italian wines, but don’t worry, I will share a French and Australian list soon as well! (These are some pretty epic reds to drink with steak, if you’re in the market.)
$35 and Under: Toscana Sangiovese 2016 – Duca Di Saragnano
From: Tuscany, Italy
Price: $35 (available at Bacco Wines)
I love Sangiovese, the grape from the famous Chianti region of Italy. Chianti has a very specific blend and rules, so this wine maker decided not to follow the traditional Chianti way of wine making. And, be happy he didn’t – ‘cause this wine is fantastic! Packed with fruits, mainly cherries, and with an aftertaste of different spices. This is the perfect wine after a long day at work, to match with a pizza or leftover pasta. It’s almost too good to be true!
Under $40: Del Martin 2012 – Barbera d’ Asti
From: Piemonte, Italy
Price: $39 (available at Bacco Wines)
Piedmote is the area of the oh-so-famous Barolo, some of the finest wines Italy produces. But, fame comes with a (higher) price, and they are also some of the most expensive wines Italy produces. Hence, I tend to reserve them for very special occasions. So, hello, Barbera d’ Asti! The town of Asti produces great, easy-to-drink wines. Packed with black fruits this Del Martin is the best kept secret from Piemonte.
$40 and Under: Aulente Rosso 2012 – San Patrignano
From: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Price: $40 (available at Bacco Wines)
The story of San Patrignano is inspiring, which makes the wine taste even better! San Patrignano is a community for recovery, taking in anybody who needs rehabilitation or was just dealt a bad hand. It gives new purpose to their lives by owning the wine-making process from start to finish.
Besides that, this wine is delicious. It’s a typical Sangiovese, though a bit more aged than the first wine in the list. (Due to the wine being older, the pure fruit flavours start to develop more as cooked and dried fruits.) Final verdict: It is a straightforward and superb table wine.
About Daan Suijlen
Dutch expat Daan is a passionate home chef and certified sommelier. At the age of 5, he preferred to be in the kitchen watching his grandma cook – and that passion has never left him! Having studied wine following WSET, he now loves to combine the best of both worlds: amazing food with great wines. Follow him at Instagram under @wineandcooking.
By Daan Suijlen, 22 February, 2019
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