No one becomes a wine expert overnight. That person you saw at the dinner one time who droned on about the nuances between a Bordeaux and a Burgundy, and kept referring to something called a “terroir” with an affected French accent didn’t get there overnight either. It was either education, or watching Sour Grapes on Netflix once. Don’t be like that guy, but don’t let cluelessness exclude you completely from the conversation.
Wine tasting and appreciation is as complex a sensory science as the viticulture that goes behind making the liquid. Viticulture itself is an actual degree one can pursue in global universities, but we’re going to place bets that said person at the dinner party never went that far. Nor should you have to, if you just intend to be a casual drinker. Quite frankly, most of us with an inclination to sign up for wine tasting classes are just there to either pursue an interest, or sound less like a fool in social situations. At the very least, signing up for a session will guarantee you can pronounce wine types properly. It’s sau-vee-nyon, not sao-vig-non.
Practical learning is the most effective way you can broaden your vino vocabulary. Here are some of the best places in Singapore where you can learn about the craft behind the refined beverage through wine tasting.
Fine Wines is one of Singapore’s most established places to learn about wine. It holds frequent introductory classes of 12, where each focuses on a particular wine class and region. Usually conducted in blind tasting format, these classes aim to expand your senses first to really get you to appreciate the notes within each glass. See its wine tasting classes here.
Fine Wines, 114 Lavender Street, #02-60 CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729, +65 385 2438
P.S. Café has recently launched Sunday Winedown, an initiative hosted by its retail and beverage manager, Sam Herde. The monthly affair takes place on a Sunday at Martin Road’s P.S. Café , with the current line-up taking you through organic, French and South American wines. After each session, guests will be given the opportunity to buy bottles from the wines they’ve tried. See the full line-up here.
P.S. Café, 38 Martin Road #01-01, Singapore 239059, +65 8188 6191
75cl is one of Singapore’s leading wine and spirits e-retailers, but it’s also got a tasting lab in its physical store where it hosts frequent masterclasses and wine launches. There’s no fixed category the classes will adhere to. They span tastings for a particular region, to appreciating the range from a select winery. With the establishment’s extensive collection of wines for sale, and its ever-growing range, this the place to be if you’re an intermediate wine lover who’s got a thirst for more. See its events here.
75cl, 8 Jalan Kilang Barat,#01-06, Singapore 159351
Mahota is all about organic, chemical-free living, and this philosophy goes right down to its wines. Those health-conscious folks and eco-warriors alike can all head down and explore the burgeoning world of biodynamic wines, from regions all across the world. Mahota even has a housebrand wine available, which is something not many local retailers can claim. Check its Facebook page out for event updates.
Mahota, Kitchener Complex, 809 French Road, Level 3, Singapore 200809, +65 6299 6809