We don’t normally recommend going to holiday sales events. Besides the obvious reason that we prefer talking about drinking alcohol rather than buying it, there is a another simpler one. Pretty much everyone is doing year-end sales, so there’s nothing differentiating most of them.
So, if we’re talking about going to a sale, you know it’s something special.
Wine & Whisky Week
This will be the fourth edition of Wine & Whisky Week, run by 1855 The Bottle Shop. The name is something of a misnomer; it actually runs for 12 days, from 1st to 12th November, so there’s plenty of time to go there and take a look for yourself.
The important part is what’s on offer, of course. Fortunately, the event isn’t just shelves and cashiers. It’s laid out like a festival, with free tastings for over 100 labels of wines and whiskies.
We checked it out ourselves. 500 labels of wine and spirits are on offer at discounted prices, so there’s no lack of range. There is a good selection of whiskies from The Macallan, Highland Park (including the Valkyrie), Suntory and even Old Pulteney, Amrut and Kavalan.
Although there is spirit on offer, wine seems to be the focus this time, and in particular, there are excellent Old World labels on sale. We don’t recall there being much “table wine” per se; the selection seems to be premium wines sold at discounts. Amarones, Brunellos, Barolos, Napa Cabernets and Burgundy and NZ Pinot Noirs are all on sale. There’s also some bubbly, port and sake if that piques your interest.
To help you out, here’s some of the stuff that we thought were good buys:
- Berry Bros & Rudd Brunello di Montalcino by La Serena 2011 ($64)
- El Coto de Imaz Gran Riserva 2010 ($49)
- Pieropan Amarone della Valpolicella Vigna Garzon 2013 ($98)
- Berry Bros & Rudd William Pickering 20 Year Old Tawny Port ($68)
- Kavalan Port Cask Finish ($105)
- Amrut Fusion ($108)
- Bouchard PF Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot 2013 ($99)
Consider this a public service announcement- these are good deals that we’ve spotted, and bought for ourselves.
Since there is no admission charge, you could actually just head down and drink for free. Or, take it as an opportunity to make sure you like what you’re buying.
1855 The Bottle Shop Wine & Whisky Week (from 1/11- 12/11)
Suntec City East Wing, Level 1 Atrium, (Between Tower 3 and 4),