A good way to discover new wines is simply sipping through wine tasting flights. Generally smaller pours (typically 60ml) of three to four varietals that are served either as a set, or mixed and matched by imbibers themselves, wine tasting flights are great for learning more about different wineries and different appellations you’d normally not come across or just aren’t ready to commit to buying the whole bottle. Here are some establishments that boast eclectic and expansive wine tasting flights for you to begin a new oenological adventure in Singapore.
Offering a total of seven triad flight pairings, the team behind Club55’s new Flights of Fancy evening programme has come up with some interesting and flirty flight names. From Rouges Of The Old World, which showcases vintage red wines, and Les Blancs, a mix of refreshing New World and Old World white wines; to Sparkling Jewels, a fight of bubblies — all to be enjoyed against the sparkling night views. Marina Bay Sands’ 55-level hotel lounge is typically reserved only for VIP hotel guests during the day but is open to the public after 8pm. Bites created by Marina Bay Sands’ Executive Chef Brian Cleere are served alongside the flights of wines, some only available at the lounge and not found at the hotel’s other establishments. If you’d prefer a pint, there’s also an option for a beer flight, while sake lovers can choose to have some “Rice In A Bottle”, which includes two Junmai sakes and a glass of shochu, specifically the Den-En Gold, which is soft in the mouth, fresh and brisk on the finish despite its 25-percent ABV.
2. The Spot
The Spot’s Fine Wine Discovery Programme will hit the spot with oenophiles who have a taste for quality. By leveraging the fine wine expertise of neighbouring partner 1855 The Bottle Shop, the restaurant offers a flight of six ultra-premium wines, all rated 90 points and above by Robert Parker or James Suckling. Kept at a quarterly rotation, the programme offers you the opportunity to discover rare wines curated by 1855 The Bottle Shop, some of which are not to be found anywhere else in Singapore. From Old World selections, such as the multi-dimensional 1988 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle, and renowned winemaker Luca D’Attoma’s Duemani Cabernet Franc Costa Toscana 2014; to New World wonders, including a glorious glass of the saturated purple-hued 2010 Opus One from Napa Valley.
Eighth on the World’s Best Bar List of 2018, Atlas is known for its Gin Tower, which showcases 1,000 glittery bottles of the juniper-based spirit. But equally imposing is the bar’s growing champagne collection — currently comprising more than 315 labels. Mind you, these are all champagne, never other kind of sparkling wine, which is in-line with the Art Deco-heavy establishment’s hope in evoking early-1990s Europe, where champagne was the ultimate drink of choice of the affluent. Of the extensive champagne collection, about 30 are served by the glass with a selection of tasting flights as well, offered on a regularly refreshed basis. The newest cuvée to appraise for all champagne fans should be the Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Essentiel Atlas, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Champagne Maison and Atlas. The bar’s Head Sommelier Lucas Liu, who helped with the selection and production, describes the special champagne as “pale gold in the eyes with notes of fresh red apple, Meyer lemon, white jasmine, apple blossom, porcini mushrooms, and crushed almond.”