It’s yet another brick-and-mortar wine shop in the Joo Chiat area with something to prove. But hear us out: BoundbyWine is a down-to-earth neighbourhood bottle shop with friendly people and a broad selection of wines. There are standard old world and new world wines aplenty, but they also have shelves of ancient grape varieties from far-flung country towns. Sustainable and natural wines are at the forefront too – wine with zero additives, chemical agents, or added sulfites.
It’s also one that doubles up as an intimate event space, with wine flights as well as wine and cheese tastings – they specially bring in sommeliers or vineyard folk so we’ll be getting the full wine 101 chat from industry experts. Take their Wine Ambassador Series: for one, they’ll be showcasing the best of Moldova and Romania. These countries aren’t exactly on our radar, and most of us wouldn’t have tried indigenous grapes like Rara Negra or Viorica.
For those who want a fully stocked wine cellar at all times, there’s a wine subscription plan starting from $54 every two weeks. While they’ll ultimately be choosing the bottle, you can also take their wine quiz so they have some indication of your likes and dislikes.
Besides a ready supply of imported wine, they also carry local brands like Fossa Chocolate and SioShiok, 300 grams of crackling roast pork (siobak) that’s perfect for pairing with either a rich white or red bottle. If for some reason, you’re bypassing their range of wine, they also have a small curated range of beer, sake, and other spirits.