Wine has the ability to refine most situations. Whether it’s a Friday night feast at Jumbo Seafood, diving into degustation menu with more cutlery than courses, or lounging at home in FBT shorts, inserting a wineglass (or bottle, you beast) into any of those scenarios transforms them from the median of Singaporean living to “hey, look at me, I’ve got my sh** together”. Plus points if you swirl your glass every 10 minutes and can identify at least three different tasting notes that aren’t just “sour” or “sweet”.

Wine’s position as the barometer of class in most situations makes it incredibly useful for anyone to learn more about, or simply enjoy drinking vino. It is easy enough to go to a supermarket and pick up a couple of bottles, but wine appreciation is best garnered from going to wine events, or trying a spread of new wines.

As all great enablers do, here’s us bring you the latest wine events to partake in. Go forth and be classy, you.

1
Penfolds Gala Wine Dinner

Australia’s most iconic wine brand, Penfolds, is hosting its annual Gala Wine Dinner in conjunction with the release of their 2016 collection. Hosted at Mezza9, guests will be treated to a five-course pairing dinner, with food by Chef Lucas Glanville. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the complexity of stellar new world wines, in particular the 2015 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay and the 100-point scoring 2012 Grange Shiraz — Penfold’s pinnacle of excellence.

The dinner will be held on 15 November, 7pm, $250/pax. Tickets and more information available here.

2
New Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Lovers of Sauvignon Blanc, this one’s for you. As the latest bottling to join Cloudy Bay’s slew of Malbourough Sauvignon Blancs, the 2016 vintage was harvested from dry and even conditions, allowing for a vibrant, mildly acidic wine that has notes of kaffir lime, lemon zest, orange blossom and nectarines.

3
Wine Discovery Weekend

Wine Discovery Weekend is any wine enthusiasts’ dream come true. Over 100 wines from around the world will be exhibited, and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses that discuss key happenings in the winemaking industry, as well as being being able to get up close and personal with international vinters and winemakers. It’s time to unleash the wine nerd within.

Wine Discovery Weekend will be held from 15-17 October. For booking and more information, see here.

4
Wine Fiesta 2016

This year’s Wine Fiesta celebrates sustainability in the winemaking industry, a philosophy that many dedicated boutique wineries have begun to adopt. Showcasing over 350 wine labels that specialise in natural wines, guests can attend a spread of tasting events, pairing dinners and masterclasses across the three-day affair.

Wine Fiesta will be held from 20-23 October. For booking and more information, see here.

5
Tippling Club & Silver Oak Cellars Wine Dinner

Chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club and California’s Silver Oak Cellar are banding together to present diners with a night of revelry in the form of a five-course pairing dinner. As Silver Oak Cellars are famed for producing only Cabernet Sauvignons, the dinner is not only the perfect opportunity to savour the acclaimed wines and delectable food, but to understand the intricacies of pairing wine and Cabernets.

The dinner will be held on 21 October, 7.30 pm, Bin 38 at Tippling Club for $225. Guests can RSVP to enquiries@tipplingclub.com or call +65 6475 2217.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.