Wine me up

Epicure - - RAISING THE BAR -

By the num­bers, Park90 is a new wine lounge to watch. With an aim to carry up to 1,000 la­bels with at least 50 by the glass, it is also one of the few in the world to am­bi­tiously of­fer Do­maine de la Ro­manée-conti and Pétrus by the glass. As hinted in the name, many of the la­bels car­ried are rated 90 Parker Points and above. It oc­cu­pies the same space as the day­time Tea Lounge, mor­ph­ing into a cosy wine en­clave in the evenings.

Head som­me­lier Ma­son Ng, for­merly from At­las, steers guests to Old and New World finds from $59 a bot­tle, to be paired with light bites from Sum­mer Palace and Basil­ico. The fo­cac­cia with Nor­cia’s black truf­fle and three cheese ($24), in par­tic­u­lar, is ideal for red wines. A mem­ber­ship pro­gramme re­stricts ac­cess to about 10 per­cent of the wine list, where mem­bers can look for­ward to cult al­lo­ca­tions like the Cochedury Bour­gogne Chardon­nay Blanc 2015 ($199/bot­tle). Re­gent Sin­ga­pore, 1 Cus­ca­den Road. Tel: 9749 7049 Botan­ico has stepped up their wine pro­gramme with not just 30 in­trigu­ing la­bels un­der Co­ravin but also a bot­tle keep fea­ture. Din­ers can store their un­fin­ished bot­tles from two weeks to a month in the restau­rant, to re­sume their food and wine pair­ing ad­ven­tures in fu­ture. A Louis Jadot Chas­sange Mon­tra­chet ($32/glass, $58/250ml carafe) is a sub­stan­tial match to the chilled beef tongue with pick­led cele­riac ($20), while a silky 15-grape blend Zyme Kairos 2013 ($35/glass) from Veneto pairs del­i­cately with Inka-grilled meats like the ‘curry’ lamb neck ($32) from the re­freshed food menu. 50 Cluny Park Road. Tel: 9831 1106 Esquina has launched their own Wine Club soirée with an ex­ten­sive fo­cus on Span­ish bou­tique pro­duc­ers and be­yond. Wine Club by Esquina takes place ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day night on the sec­ond floor of the restau­rant, with a weekly ro­ta­tion of 12 wines ($14 each) that could range from Rias Baixas to the Penedes. Head chef Car­los Mon­to­b­bio will also pick a weekly chef’s choice pair­ing, such as the Vilosell blend from Tomàs Cus­iné to pair with Manchego cheese and caramelise­d eg­g­plant. A Wine of the Week ($78) al­lows en­thu­si­asts to know more about se­lected ar­ti­sanal wines. 16 Jiak Chun Road. Tel: 6222 1616

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