LeRoy Chan picks out five wine delivery services to water your parched palate
By Time Out Singapore editors|
The service offers the greatest convenience, with free delivery to any location within an hour. Wines are delivered at their optimal drinking temperatures and the delivery guy will even offer to open your bottle and hand you glasses to get sipping right away.
Wine selection The concise wine selection mainly features bottles by family-owned boutique wineries from across Europe. Helpful illustrations of suggested pairings accompany each label, and prices start from $35 for a bottle of Chianti or Pinot Grigio and peak at $120 for the Pavillon de Taillefer Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2012.
Delivery T&Cs No minimum order, no delivery fees. Delivery is available daily from noon to 10.30pm.
Hit this Australian- and New Zealand-dominant wine store if you're looking to buy in bulk. Purchases of six, 12 and 24 bottles earns you a 10, 15 and 20 percent discount off, respectively.
Wine selection Over 40 boutique wineries from Down Under are on offer. Popular regions like Barossa Valley, Margaret River and Central Otago are represented, as well as lesser-known ones like Bellarine Peninsula south-west of Melbourne, and Perth Hills in Western Australia. Most wines are priced in a sweet spot between $40 and $59.99 a bottle, before the discounts kick in.
Delivery T&Cs Free delivery only on weekdays with orders of $300 and above. Otherwise, it's $20.
Easy to navigate with over 400 wine labels in its catalogue, 75cl is a gem, especially for casual sippers who prefer simple, not-too-technical wine tasting notes. Another plus point is that the pairing suggestions include both Western and local options – chilli crab, liu sha bao or claypot rice with your vino, anyone?
Wine selection A lot of the labels are from Bordeaux, but most of the world's wine-producing countries, including USA, Chile, Italy and Spain are also in stock. Check out the small selection from Brazil for something a little more exotic. Prices are accessible for the most part, but soar to four figures for a top-class Bordeaux First Growth, or a 12-litre bottle of champagne.
Delivery T&Cs 75cl only sends wines out on weekdays, but you'll get free same-day delivery for orders placed before noon – no minimum spend is required.
This homegrown brand, with an extensive network of bistros and bottle shops across the country, boasts some of the lowest prices in the city. Think $18.90 for an Argentinean Malbec when it goes on promotion. The utilitarian website neatly segments its wine selection by country, region and type of wine.
Wine selection A large range of wines from the major grape-stomping New and Old World countries. Labels are selected by Wine Connection's panel of experts, who taste over 2,000 wines every year. And prices are very affordable across the board, too.
Delivery T&Cs Delivery is charged at $20 and bottles are dispatched the day after you order.
Look out for Ewineasia's revamped website, complete with a wine education platform, come July. But in the meantime, we like the helpful icons on this retailer's neat website that indicate whether a wine's a white, rosé or red, or if it's made organically or topped with a screw cap.
Wine selection Find artisanal producers from Italy and Spain here, alongside a limited range from countries such as New Zealand, Portugal, Chile and Austria. The French regions of Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Languedoc-Roussillon are also well represented. And even though the prices are on the high side for a local retailer, there are plenty of good-value gems if you look hard enough.
Delivery T&Cs Spend $200 and more for free delivery. Otherwise, a two-day dispatch is $15 and an express option for next-day delivery is $30.