The annual Wine Fiesta, presented by The Straits Wine Company, is back for its 10th showing this year with over 300 wine labels from all around the world. Besides diligently making your rounds at the booths, you’ll also want to try and chope a seat at one of the many (free!) Wine Circle sessions. These intimate, 45 minute-long huddles will have you sitting on overturned wine crates while winemakers (four per session) take you through wine tastings and share anecdotes from their personal wine journeys; the series will cover a wide spectrum of topics, including wine varietals, wine styles and regional differences.
Come evening, when the tastings end (at 8pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday), the venue will be transformed into party zone with Kilo Lounge turning out sleek beats. Wines will continue to be available by the glass or bottle, and there’s also gourmet grub from the likes of Salted & Hung, Meat Smith and Morsels throughout the festival.
And if you’re looking to amass more wines, we’ve got some wonderful news: All the wines at Wine Fiesta will also be retailing on Red Mart with an additional 10 per cent discount, and get this ─ this delicious promotion run for another two weeks after the event, till 12 November.
When: 27-29 October
Where: Clifford Square, 80 Collyer Quay
Price: $45 per one-day ticket, $99 for three
More info: Wine Fiesta
Pinot noir lovers, this is one festival you’ll want to block out on your calendar: Australia’s Pinot Palooza festival is finally crossing the ocean over to Singapore next month! (Psst. We’re also the first Asian city to host the event.) It’s presented by Dan Sims – a well-respected Australian wine personality with numerous vino-centric events such as Game of Rhones and Wine Day Out under his belt – so you’re definitely in good hands. Plus, pinot noirs’ versatility and easy-drinking character is godsend for our balmy climate.
The Pinot Palooza is Sims’ bid to get people buzzin’ about pinot noir – the single grape varietal that excites him the most. The event is billed as a wine and music festival, both literally and figuratively. There’ll be DJs to keep the vibe at a pulsating high, but the event will also be laid out in the fashion of music festivals: The “main stage” with the established brands, the “fringe stage” for the smaller players, the “chill out tent” for the easy-drinking styles, and the “dance tent” where the fun wines are at. All in all, there are over 100 wines from Australia, New Zealand and Italy for you to get intimate with. Bottles will also be on sale, with a price range of $50-$60.
When: 25 November
Where: The Annexe Studio, Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive
Price: $60, including a take-home Plumm RedB glass worth $35
More info: Pinot Palooza
AccorHotel’ Food & Wine Festival
This November, AccorHotels, the largest hotel operator in Singapore with the likes of Fairmont Singapore and Sofitel Singapore City Centre under its portfolio, will be kicking off its first ever gastronomic festival. 40 restaurants and bars across its 14 hotels will be participating, and you can expect specially priced lunch, high tea and dinner menus priced between $15 and $67 for a three-course set complete with a drink. Yes, that includes even the one Michelin-starred Jaan, which will be joining the fray with $47 lunch sets!
On the boozy front, expect a slew of masterclasses and tasting experiences. Fancy putting on some cocktail action at home? Sign up for Bar Apprentice ($42) for a hands-on session on making two cocktails, guided by the award-winning Bannie Kang. For fans of bubbly, the Chocolate & Champagne Xperience ($198) promises a pampering evening of a champagne-paired dinner capped off with a chocolate dessert buffet.
To take full advantage of the festival, be sure to keep the Foodie Passport handy. Every set meal ordered (or a minimum spending of $20) will earn you up to three stamps – and that alone might just win you a set of dining vouchers. Keep on dining, and you might even score a trip to Sydney or Paris.
When: 4-12 November
Whisky Live Singapore
When it comes to whiskies, the definitive event in the local scene is the long-running annual Whisky Live that’s presented by La Maison du Whisky. More than 50 brands and 150 expressions of whiskies and spirits will make a showing for this eighth edition that will be staged at Theatreworks, a heritage building around Robertson Quay.
Other highlights include the Singapore launch of Japanese distillery Nikka’s Coffeey Gin and Coffey Vodka; a food-and-cocktails street along Robertson Quay; and a spirits-themed gallery to celebrate the artistic creativity of bottle and label designs. Distillers and brand ambassadors from the likes of Old Pulteney and Glenlivet will also be conducting masterclasses (supplementary $25 each).
When: 25-26 November
Where: Theatreworks, 7213 Mohamed Sultan Road
Price: $99, inclusive of coupons for one cocktail and one dish
More info: Whisky Live
East Imperial Gin Jubilee
Gin is possibly this year’s hottest spirit category for Singapore, with a series of new gin bars and of course – Atlas placing us on the international boozin’ map with the world’s largest collection of gins. A big part of gin’s renaissance may be attributed to the East Imperial Gin Jubilee, which has been steadily, since 2013, turning Singapore into a savvy appreciator of gin, and making G&Ts sexy and exciting.
2016 saw top bars like Manhattan, 28 HongKong Street and Employees Only Singapore jostling for the Asia’s Best Gin & Tonic title with their own creative interpretations, and this year is no exception. The upcoming fifth edition is sticking to the tried-and-true formula: Pop-up events and tastings, masterclasses, bar crawls, and of course, the signature Gin Lane closing party.
When: 27 November-3 December