Wine me up
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