To start a mead making business

It has been awhile since I penned something, so it is fair to write on my primary activity of last year in this brand new year. However, I will state my disclaimer here as this post is a self-serving one. Last summer, Simon, whom I know since university, invited me to his place to try […]

Do we need Donne del Vino?

Donne del Vino, or Women of Wine, is an Italian nationwide association that networks and provides professional resources for women working in the wine industry. Founded in 1988, this three decades old organisation has become a force to reckon with. With members coming from all areas of the wine industry, it is, without doubt, a […]

Serving water and wine, how to draw a line?

Will you pay for a glass of tap water? If there is no beverage that interests me, I am happy to pay a reasonable price for it. But according to a poll done in 2015, 80 percent of the respondents said they would not pay for tap water. If this poll is accurate by any […]

75CL, evolving image of wine merchant

If cars are available for test drive, and ice cream for sampling, then why should wines be any different? That is a question Cedric Mui, manager of 75CL, has answer for. Yes, you can do just that. With 56 wines including Bordeaux, New Zealand Pinot, and Italian Aglianico, 75CL wants to serve anyone who needs wine.

Sell an experience, not product

Two weeks ago, I published my new concept workshop that focuses on answering consumers’ questions. At its infancy stage, I had chosen to only announce via Twitter. The same day evening, I hosted the first workshop titled “Recognising common wine styles”, and despite a small turnout, my message of learning through experience was positively delivered. Over last weekend, an email newsletter […]

Drinking in a glasshouse – Verre

Glass. If the word conjures descriptors like transparency, clarity and polished refinement, then that is exactly what Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar feels like. Glass bottles, wine glasses, and glass walled cellar marked the interior highlights as I walked through the door, reflecting a strong contrast against the charcoal black walls on the outside. And that is what Verre means in French, […]

Wanderwine – Speed is the essence

I have been to many wine events, met loads of merchants but no one exhibited a show of force like Wanderwine. At 530pm, I turned up at the company’s launch event. They took my picture with a Polaroid camera, recorded my residential address for a post-event gift, and sent me into the hall with two dozen wines and four dozen shoulders. Three hours later, a bottle of […]

Indonesia to ban alcohol. Cui bono?

Will it come as a surprise if Indonesia really banned all alcohol in the country? Heavily populated with Muslim community and a country made up of over thousands of islands, I don’t think the majority will feel a thing if this bill eventually passes through. But I do think that might make Singapore seems a lot more appealing to their expatriate population and, […]

The many twists of Pieropan

There aren’t many rules one needs to learn before visiting the Pieropan family, but try not to introduce yourself as Giulio. Having been in the business of making wines using fruits harvested from the hill of Soave since the late 19th century, the Pieropan family went through several tough rides to be what it is today. Although he […]

Do you want to build a… wine??

It does not snow in Singapore, so we can’t go out there and build a snowman. It is also impossible to plant decent vineyards here, so we can’t make our own wine. Or, can we now? Yes we can! Not in Singapore though, but you Singapore wine lovers, you now have the opportunity to make your […]