The below was produced for Lightfoot Travel in September 2016.
Here at Pop Up Wine HQ in heart of Singapore’s historic Chinatown, we are often asked what wine to pair with different foods. But what about matching the right wine to the right moment: which wines are most suitable for which occasion?
Unlike with food pairing, there are no time honoured rules to keep in mind – or deliberately break.
The first date
Safety first here. Something white – so any spillage will not mark your shirt – and something which demonstrates your fondness for wine. Chablis, a steely fresh Chardonnay from northern France that is generally unoaked, is a superb choice. An Aussie friend calls it “posh Chardy”!
Example: Louis Moreau Chablis 2014
The business lunch
10 years ago the company credit card would have made this an opportunity to indulge, but times have sadly changed. Due to our close proximity to Perth, Australian wines offer better value than French ones here in Singapore – particularly at the mid to low price points. Margaret River Cabernet is consistently excellent, and will go beautifully with that medium-rare steak you have been looking forward to all morning.
No wine shouts summer as loudly as easy-to-sip Provençal Rosé, our third most popular wine here in sunny Singapore.
Example: Mirabeau Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015
The dinner party
Tricky, especially when you have no idea what might be for dinner. We like to choose flexible wine that can be paired with may dishes. Bubbles are a strong choice: perfect to toast with, an incredibly versatile as a food-pairing wine.
Example: Dumangin Champagne “Le Cuvée 17” NV
The baby shower
After nine months restraint, many new mums will be looking forward to that first glass or two of wine. Put a smile on your friend’s face by bringing a bottle of delightful low-alcohol pink Moscato – a sweet, slightly bubbly, wine that no one can help but love.
Example: Mojo Moscato 2015