We all have our wine preferences. Some prefer sweet white wine, crips with soft tannins and others prefer dry reds, full-bodied with noticeable notes of tannins. When it comes to wine preferences, there are many factors to consider beyond the straightforward flavour profiles. One of them is the popular notion of whether you should be chilling your wine.
You may or may not give much thought to chilling your wine. Some may not like the idea of chilling wine and some may even have received backlash for choosing to chill their wine especially red wine as if it is a fallacy. Well, today we shall set the record straight.
Why Does Temperature Matter
While there is no right or wrong way to drink wine (even though some might argue otherwise), the temperature of wine when served can impact the overall flavour and scent. Temperature can enhance the complex flavours of wine and even disguise the imperfections of a lower grade wine.
When you think about it, it makes sense that different wines depending on their varietals and it’s flavour complexities made up of acidity, tannin level, sugar and alcohol content, should have their own individual serving temperatures. This makes it a salient point for why we should understand the optimal serving temperature for each wine.
The Outdated Axiom of Chilling Wine
Before delving into the optimal serving temperature for each wine, it is imperative to note that when the internet tells you to serve wine at room temperature, it does not necessarily mean the act of chilling w
Wine, oh wine… absolutely sublime when it is good, and completely nasty when it isn’t. For the uninformed, casual wine drinker, buying a bottle of cheap wine is like playing russian roulette – you make a guess based on grape varietal and country, and you pray it’s a hit, not a miss.
It’s not so much about price – there are some amazing wines that are surprisingly affordable, and some terrible ones not at all worth its salt – but rather, it’s about impression. There’s a reason wine is the drink of the gods, and when you’re enjoying a glass, you want to feel divine, not slapped in the face with the stench of sulphur.
But if that’s the bottle you regrettably put your money on, and want to try your best to enjoy it – or worse, need a quick fix for a dinner party you’re hosting – here are some tips we hope may help you elevate its flavour.
Hack No. 1 – No Fuss, Extra Fast Decanting
Why Decant Wine
A newly purchased bottle of wine may have been stashed inside a wine crate for months. In the absence of oxygen while bottled, sulphur compounds that smell like rotten eggs and burnt rubber may be produced. Which is why you’ll first want to try decanting the wine.
Decanting wine allows oxygen to enter. Not only does this help the odour of sulphur to dissipate, it also softens the tannins, and allows the flavours and aromas that were sitting in the bottle to expand and breathe.
How To Decant Wine
Pour the wine into a decanter or lar
Are you tired of scouring Singapore for the perfect place to eat and drink to your heart’s content? Or maybe just bored with your usual hangout spot and in need of a new space to unwind? Well, whatever the case, fret not, because we’ve got good news for you.
Cellarbration Singapore is excited to announce that our newest Bistro and Bottle Shop is now open. Conveniently located in the bustling Boat Quay district, along the iconic Lorong Telok stretch, the bistro is open to all for casual dining and drinks.
A Bistro With A Twist
Like most bistros, you can expect to be greeted by a family-friend environment with both indoor and sheltered alfresco seating when visiting us. Don’t be mistaken though - because we’re much more than your conventional establishment.
Let your wine breathe fresh air and relax in our alfresco seating area.
Indoor seating is also available for those looking for a more intimate setting to enjoy their food and drinks.
Doubling as a bottle shop
The Liquor Store – A fabled place (for Singaporeans, at least) we see all the time in movies and on our favorite series on Netflix. A place so inherently commonplace in countries abroad that they share a similar stature to what heartland convenience stores are to locals. Interestingly, heartland convenience stores here have an added layer of importance as some are strategically placed and ingeniously double up as bomb shelters in certain areas for times of crisis. Which is a fun fact, but I digress.
In the United States (US), liquor stores are not only popular, they are considered an essential business during this pandemic period. The reasons for which go beyond just supplying alcohol with regards to the pandemic of course, as detailed in an article on Business Insider, but you get my drift- they play an integral role in everyday life for people abroad. Something almost unheard of in Singapore; a dedicated store for alcohol and to have it considered an essential. I suppose as a country we are more bubble tea people, apparently.
But it does beg the question, what is the draw? And why are physical Liquor Stores not as rampant here than say an alcohol shop online?
The ‘little red dot’ is a tag we wear proudly and one which has become synonymous in describing how small Singapore is in comparison to other metropolitan citie
Gone are the days where hard liquor is the go-to spirit for making delicious cocktails. As it turns out, you can grab a bottle of your favourite wine and enjoy yourself a delectable, lower alcohol alternative to a spirit-forward cocktail. It doesn’t matter if it is red wine, white wine or even rose. There are tasty ways to mix up each varietal into a flavourful and refreshing drink. Ready to start mixing? Follow these simple tips.
Pick Your Wine Profile
Wines are a versatile cocktail ingredient because it has a dynamic spectrum of flavour profile, from dry and fruity to bright and savoury. Next, we will delve into the individual flavour profiles of red, white and rose wine.
Dry Red Wine
Red wines are known to have higher tannins - A group of bitter and astringent compounds that are found abundantly in plants and grape skins. They are bitter in flavour and leave a drying sensation on the tongue. Since grape skins are left on during the winemaking process of red wine, reds usually generally have higher tannins than white wine or rose.
When it comes to tannins, chances are you either like it or you never want to taste it again. But the beauty of mixing a wine-based cocktail is that with proper pairing of ingredients, you get to enjoy the flavours of red wine without or with less of the overbearing tannins.
Crisp White Wine
White wines, especially sweet whites, are more acidic than reds. High acidity in white wines makes them a unique s
Have you ever been to Sunday brunch and found yourself stuck between ordering a glass of wine and a hot cuppa? Perhaps you were even tempted to order both… but surely it’s as dangerous a combination as, say, alcohol and durian? Afterall, don’t alcohol and caffeine both work to alter your heart rate?
You might even notice a European couple sitting nearby, enjoying a beer and a latte. It’s not surprising, they enjoy these spiked coffee breaks without so much as a blink of an eye – what with the Italians and their caffè corretto, and the Spaniards with carajillo. (That is, a potent shot of espresso with brandy or Licor 43, respectively.)
Let’s get this out of the way once and for all. Can we enjoy alcohol and caffeine together, or risk trying? It has everything to do with a little chemical in our bodies called adenosine.
Effects of Caffeine
Throughout the day, the brain’s intense level of activity causes adenosine to be produced. This build-up, in turn, leads us to become sleepy and lethargic. (4pm naps, anyone?) How caffeine works, here, is that it blocks our adenosine receptors, preventing the drowsiness that occurs with rising adenosi
When it comes to dieting or losing weight, experts would advise cutting down or abstaining from sugar, carbs and alcohol. While it is feasible to do away with chocolate cakes and commit to hitting the gym five days a week, the idea of having to give up alcohol is an absolute bummer. Imagine having to say no to an ice-cold Moscato while all your friends are busy boozing under the sun. This would probably make you want to throw out the weighing scale and diet plan altogether.
But, the good news is, you don’t have to give up wine to lose weight. And even better, wines when consumed properly can help with weight loss and bring about other health benefits. In this article, we are going to share all about the shunned step-child of the food pyramid - Wine, its benefits and how you can even fit your favourite wines into your weight loss plan.
Alcohol’s Bad Reputation for Weight Loss
Let’s begin by understanding why weight loss experts would advise people to steer away from alcohol. The truth is, drinking a glass or two of wine will not sabotage any of your weight loss goals. It is what individuals do while under the influence of alcohol that matters.
Alcohol Lowers Inhibitions and Increases Impulsivity
As published by Psychology Today, alcohol lowers inhibitions and increases impulsivity - making it difficult for individuals to consider potential consequences for their actions. When inhibition-lowering effects are mixed with a tempting plate of truffle fries or any tasty junk food, that is when problems would arise.
In Part One of our introduction to Spanish wine, we kicked off with the quintessential Spanish Reds, Rioja and Ribera Del Duero, as well as the sparkling Cava – wines that aspiring oenophiles need to know, maybe even try. With over 400 native grapes in Spain, however, we’re back with more indigenous varietals for your enjoyment. Say hello to Garnacha, Verdejo, and Trepat.
Garnacha: Pinot Noir of the South
Garnacha, better known internationally as Grenache, is one of the most planted grapes in the world, although it originates from Spain. It is a thin-skinned black grape capable of producing well-balanced, structured, and complex wine, though it’s not without its challenges – Garnacha is highly sensitive to terroir, and requires precise and meticulous treatment in order to produce the best wine. Which is why wine lovers often compare it to the equally fussy Pinot Noir, though its propensity for hotter climates makes it the warm weather cousin of the beloved French
And we are back at it again with the Fuss-free “series”! What was originally a lament about how the pandemic has shifted our drinking habits and how we can do it better with the given circumstances, has now turned into a full-blown arsenal of tips and tricks aimed to get your drink on- in style and in comfort.
This time around, we wanted to sashay into keeping things classy and what exudes class better than wine? Or at least perceived class. This is in no way a knock on other types of alcoholic beverages or wine itself, rather, it is a tip of the hat to the portrayal of the beverage over the years in mass media and society at large to attain such a status.
The Wine Connection
These days we tend to see and hear more about a niche profession dedicated to the understanding of intricate taste profiles of wine and its history in the form of Sommeliers, but don’t be fooled. The duties of the modern-day Sommelier can be traced back to the 1300s where Butlers were commonplace for Noble and wealthy families. Part of the Butlers’ duties included sourcing and procuring higher end bottles of fine wine, presumably for special occasions (or just for the King), as well as decent but less expensive bottles for general household consumption (thus the term house pours). This is reminiscent of Sommeliers today who, in addition to sourcing and procuring, also recommend you the best wine su
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir… We’ve read about these wine styles many times over. But how about Verdejo? Grenacha? Rioja? Surely you’ve at least heard of Cava! These are the names of some wines from Spain – one of the top three wine producing countries in the world (alongside, you guessed it, France and Italy).
Unfortunately, the reason you might not be acquainted with these names is because Spanish wines are simply not as well-marketed or distributed as their European counterparts. While that’s a shame, this also means you’ll get to enjoy high quality wine at just a fraction of the price of highly-commercialized French or Italian wines! But first, let’s get you educated on the tantalizing selection of vino from Spain. Bueno?
All About That Vino Español
There is an abundance of native grape varieties grown throughout Spain (over 400 types!), which is why Spanish wines are so unique – you just can’t find them anywhere else.
Furthermore, Spanish winemakers exemplify a level of dedication unlike any other, maintaining a single bunch of grapes on each grapevine, in an attempt to accumulate the whole possible taste in a grape. Prior to selling the wine, they also age it – in bottles an