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Cogito Wines
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The best wine delivery services and shops in Singapore

Stocking up on wine? Have it delivered to you or go old-school and shop at these stores. By LeRoy Chan and Chenyze Mia

By Time Out Singapore editors
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Unwinding with a glass of wine always sounds nice, and that’s why it’s never a bad idea to store a couple of bottles at home. This comes in especially handy when you want to water your parched palate but don’t feel like going out and getting crushed with the masses. We’ve sussed out some wine delivery services and shops for you to purchase your poison.

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Delivery services

Raw Wines Singapore
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Raw Wines Singapore

Brought to you by the same people behind RVLT, Raw Wines Singapore is all about small-batch wines from independent producers. The wine uncles do all the thinking for you, just tell them if you want a case of six (from $318) or 12 (from $600) and let them know what colour of wine you're after (orange, pink, white, red etc) and they'll make a selection for you.

Wine selection The wines available change according to what's in season but options have included the effervescent pét-nat Primavera by Kindeli as well as a selection from Ther Hermit Ram. To order, DM them on Instagram, WhatsApp +65 9388 1436 or email ian@rawwine.sg.

Cogito Wines

Cogito Wines

If the name sounds familiar, that's probably because you've heard of or attended Cogito's many pop-up events at Park Bench Deli – a damn good way to sample its extensive catalogue of natural wines from France.

Wine selection: Cogito's website houses an impeccable collection. Popular options include the Alsace Sélection de Grains Nobles ‘Altengarten’ Gewurztraminer 2013 ($94) as well as the Sancerre 2014 ‘Auksinis’ ($61).

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Inflorescence Asia
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Inflorescence Asia

Singapore-based engineer-turned-winemaker, Tan Meng Teck, runs Inflorescence Asia. He releases wines in partnership with Domaine Saladin, a vineyard in France that he visits regularly in order to produce and bottle his creations. His wine philosophy places importance on terroir and heritage, and combines that with sustainable farming practices and responsible winemaking.

Wine selection Get a wine discovery pack of one rosé, one white and four reds from the RhoneValley in France at $298. Wines are also available by the bottle here.

Vinomofo

Vinomofo

Vinomofo stocks a wide range of exceptional wines at an affordable price as it gets its bottles directly from the best producers across the world. So regardless of if you're attending brunch with close friends or having a sit-down dinner party with the boss and some colleagues, the 'Fo definitely has a bottle you can bring to the table.

Wine selection: What's a party without some bubbly? There's the Nicolas Maillart Brut Platine 1er Cru NV ($55) or if you prefer a little rosé, try Empathy Wines by Gary Vaynerchuk's latest launch, the Empathy Rosé 2018 ($35). It's a Vinomofo exclusive that launches in Singapore in min-July but you can pre-order it here to be the first to try it.

Delivery T&Cs Shipping is a flat $5 per order and is free on single orders more than $200.

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75CL

Bars and pubs Wineries Bukit Merah

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.

Ewineasia

Bars and pubs Wineries Harbourfront

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.

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Brown Bag Wines

Brown Bag Wines

Indecisive? Brown Bag Wines is right up your alley. This site sells only natural wines, but rather than overwhelming customers with wine labels, the shop is categorised by wine type and flavour profile. Better yet, sign up for the premium subscription service ($180) and it surprises you with a different set of four each time.

Wine selection: The wines on its website are labelled by their flavour profiles instead of by grapes or regions so it's easier for you to satisfy your wine cravings of the day. For example, Bold, Toasty and Elegant is used to describe a Gratena Nero 2014 ($72) from Chianti.

Shops

Praelum Wine Bistro
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Praelum Wine Bistro

Bars and pubs Tanjong Pagar

Helmed by Gerald Lu, the National Sommelier Champion 2010, Praelum is the place to go for great wine recommendations. Reds, whites, rosés, dessert and sparkling wines – an even mix of both classic and modern producers, refreshed every week – range from $45 to $800 a bottle, with special selections available upon request. 

Wine selection Check out Praelum's full wine and food list here. To order, give them a call at 6238 5287 or visit praelum.com.sg.

The Butcher's Wife
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The Butcher's Wife

Restaurants Tiong Bahru

The Butcher's Wife has been home to the Drunken Farmer natural wine pop-up for the past eight months and it's now offering takeaway wines at to-go prices and delivery options. The wine list focuses on organic, biodynamic, natural and sustainable wines while the food menu includes DIY pasta kits.

Wine selection Options range from Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Adele ($110) to David & Nadia Wines from Swartland ($130). Check out the full wine list here.

 

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13% Gastro Wine

Bars and pubs Tanjong Pagar

Sip, swirl and savour: that’s what co-owners Bruno Vaillant and Geoffrey Weckx hope you’ll do at home now that 13% Gastro Wine is temporarily closed. Their combined 50 years of experience in the wine game lend a hand in their selection of European labels and New World varieties. It's offering free delivery on orders above $180 and a complimentary terrine if you spend more than $500.

Wine selection It has a wide range of fo French Burgundies on its menu alongside offerings from Chile, Spain and Italy. Bottles include a Savigny-les-Beaune from 1966 priced at $194. Check out the full wine list here.

The Wine & Gourmet Friends

Bars and pubs Wine bars Raffles Place

The Wine & Gourmet Friends stocks over 350 different styles of wine, best paired with its plates of elevated local favourites. For the month of April, it's offering 20 percent off its wines with the discount code “KEEPOURPASSION” – you also get free delivery when you spend more than $80.

Wine selection Not sure what to get? You can also arrange for a guided Virtual Retail Experience with them where a wine expert will guide you through their walk-in cellar. Check out the full list here.

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The Straits Wine Company

Bars and pubs Wineries Raffles Place

One of the earliest retailers to put its marketing weight behind sustainable wines. Its natural wine portfolio slants towards new world regions, with the spotlight on wineries like BK Wines, Ochota Barrels and Lucy M. Sales happen frequently too, so get on the mailing list.

Wine selection It's got a wide selection that you can shop by grapes or regions. Think everything from Mischief & Mayhem Meursault Les Charmes Premiere Cru 2007 ($138.60) from Burgundy to Abbeys Road Shiraz 2018 ($26.81) from South Australia.

Temple Cellars
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Temple Cellars

Bars and pubs Raffles Place

A bottle shop for all things craft and booze, with minimal intervention wines making up the second biggest category (after beers). The small shop in UE Square is quiet even on a Friday night, with a large sofa up front and bar counter seats at the back for you to choose from. The online catalogue is vast, but no fear – you can easily filter by brand, country, and even grape varietal. Also noteworthy: free delivery within an hour for orders above $150!

Wine selection: Its wine fridge labels wines by grape varietals so you'll have no problems picking out a bottle of Valle del Cielo Grazia Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2018 ($80) or Clos Henri Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($58).

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The Oaks Cellars

Bars and pubs Wineries Marina Bay

Set up in 1996, The Oaks Cellars has the most impressive range of luxury fine wines in Singapore. It has four bottle shops around the island as well as a tasting room at Outram Road where you can sample wines (just note that walk-in purchases aren't available here). It carries wines from around the old and new world, including France, Italy, California, New Zealand, Spain Germany, Chile, South Africa and Australia. Looking to purchase a rare vintage? The Oaks Cellars is your best bet with labels such as Domaine Romanee-Conti, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Petrus and more.

Wine selection: Prices start from $28 for a pinot grigio but can climb all the way up to $346,750 for a Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 2005.

The Standish

Bars and pubs Wineries Bukit Timah

With over 1,000 labels of wines and whiskies on its shelves, The Standish is a convenient spot in the heart of Holland Village where you can pick up a bottle. It conducts regular wine tasting sessions and also stocks a selection of cigars from brands such as H. Upmann, Partagas and Romeo y Julieta to pair with your bevvy of choice.

Wine selection: Prices here tend to be a little higher than the market average, but you can get bottles like Clos Du Val Merlot 2012 for $60 or Lapostolle Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 at $40 when it runs seasonal promotions.

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Culina at COMO Dempsey

Restaurants Bistros Tanglin

Occupying over 15,000sqft over at Dempsey Road, Culina houses the best specialty ingredients from around the world under one roof. Let the intoxicating scent of freshly baked bread welcome you through the doors as you explore its display of premium meats, seafood, pastries, cheeses and wines, of course. Before taking home a bottle or two, you can try out its wine selection over at the bistro where wines like the M. Chapoutier Schieferkopf Gewürztraminer 2016 ($17) and Petaluma Merlot 2015 ($29) are available by the glass.

Wine selection: Don't expect your regular supermarket selection here – Culina offers wines such as the Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet La Romanee 1er Cru 2015 ($229) and the Louis Jadot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 ($413) alongside its more affordable bottles.

Wine Connection Bar & Bistro

Restaurants Orchard

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.

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