Wow. There is a lot happening this November. The holidays are approaching once again, and it’s time to literally eat, drink and make merry.
Unfortunately, since we are spoilt for choice, we have to pick and choose. Luckily, we have narrowed it down for you.
Homegrown company Temple Cellars will be organising a three-day festival showcasing fine craft beers, sakes, minimal intervention wines, and small batch spirits. More than 250 unique appellations will be available for sampling, and there will also be a focus on local pioneer brewers like John Wei of Brewlander & Co.
Aside from the range, there will be a discount of up to 25% off usual retail prices- so here’s a chance to stock up for year-end festivities. If you’re just there to peruse, the event is kid and pet-friendly!
Some of the highlights:
- Artisanal spirits and wines by the glass at the central bar
- Daily tasting sessions between 12-3pm and 5-8pm
- Sake sommelier Adrian Goh will be guiding attendees through sake basics such as brewing and appreciation- and also a tasting that includes cult sake Juyondai
- Sommelier Moritz Deyle will be taking those keen on learning more about organic wines on a journey through Austria, South Africa, and Australia
- Local smokehouse Meat Smith will keep event-goers well fed with their signature smoked pork ribs, jalapeño poppers, and sweet vinegar coleslaw
- Enjoy the freshness of live oysters from The Oyster Cart
- A whisky and leather crafting workshop by Lisa Teng, where participants will be creating a leather hip flask holder while enjoying a flight of small batch whiskies
- Last but not least, a line-up of up-and-coming local artistes such as JAWN and SHAK and the Baits
Standard day passes are $45 per person, while three-day passes are available at $80. Group passes are available at $120 for a group of four. First 25 groups receive a Teku 33cl glass worth $25 per person. For more information, check out https://www.thealtmkt.com or http://bit.ly/thealtmkt
Friday, 17 November 2017 – Sunday, 19 November 2017
Friday, Saturday 11am-10.30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm
UE Square Skylight Atrium
81 Clemenceau Avenue
Whisky Live 2017
We make it a point to head down to Whisky Live every year. It always features an unparalleled selection of whiskies, true, but there’s much more than that. More than the spirit, we enjoy the bevy of masterclasses and chatting with brand ambassadors over a dram. If you’ve never been, you’re really missing out.
That said, the event is into its eighth run this year, so to toss things up a bit:
- It will be held at the grounds of Theatreworks, a pre-war heritage building on Mohamed Sultan Rd (a relief for us city mice)
- There will be the unveiling of the Nikka Coffey Gin, Nikka Coffey Vodka, Old Pulteney 25-year- old and the 1983 vintage Old Pulteney.
- Samplings of more than 50 brands and 150 expressions of whiskies and spirits
- An art gallery – featuring prints from Vic Oh, James Purpura, and Lino di Vinci.
- A Cocktail and Food Street open to the public. Specialty cocktails by Cin Cin, Employees Only, and food pairings from Humpback with Nikka, Senor Taco with Altos, Artemis/Bistecca with Rockland will be available. Prices start from $10.
- Afterparties on both Saturday and Sunday featuring The Baxter Inn, Australia’s Bar of the Year 2017, and Boilermaker House, 2017 Australian Bar Awards Best Specialty Beer Venue. Both start from 9pm
One-day Discovery passes are $99 per person, One-day VIP passes are $189 per person. Group passes for ten are available at $900. Masterclasses are $25 each. For more information, check out http://www.whiskylive.sg or asdasdasdasda. Tickets are available at Peatix.
Whisky Live 2017
Saturday 25 November 2017 – Sunday, 26 November 2017
1.30pm – 8.30pm, trail closes at 9.30pm
7213 Mohamed Sultan Road
If you like your wines, and particularly your Pinot Noirs, then you might want to find time for this event on the 25th of November. We’ve done a preview here.
1-Altitude Snow Ball
Revel in a wintry world of wonder as 1-Altitude transforms into a phantasmagoric Snow Ball over the Christmas weekend, complete with a scene shifting snowfall.
For those who are unfamiliar, the bar and club is nestled on the top of the former OUB building, one of the tallest buildings in Singapore. The view is nothing short of spectacular even on normal days.
On 24 December 2017, there will a couple of special Christmas cocktails; the Spiced Apple Crumble (S$18++), or Limony’s Butter Gin (S$20++)—made with the Japanese crafted Roku Gin. If you’re not at home catching a snooze, then 1-Altitude is a fine choice of party destination.
SEA Bartenders’ Exchange
A couple of months back, we visited Kilo Lounge for a bar swap. Two fine bartenders, Niklas Forslin and Andreas Bergman From Linje Tio, one of the best bars in the world, came down and served up a storm. In return, we sent some of our finest to Stockholm to return the favour. It was a pretty cool experience.
While not exactly the same, Edrington will be organising a second bar swap, this time within the region. This will be the second installation in an ongoing series, meant to show off and nurture creativity.
Rizckal Muchtar, or Ichal, Bar Captain at Olivier Restaurant, will be helming the bar at The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar. He will b serving up Ginza, a Japanese inspired cocktail made with London No. 3 dry gin, Yuzu sake, Nigori sake and fresh strawberries.
22 November 2017, Wednesday
7.00pm – 10.00pm
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
17D Dempsey Rd
Robby Yullyani is the Head of Bar at De Luca Jakarta, and he brings with him 16 years of experience. He will be guest shifting at Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, and serving up his signature cocktail Yellow Blow, which matches egg yolk pasta and star anissete with Brugal Rum.
23 November 2017, Thursday
8.00pm – 12.00am
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
60 Boat Quay
De-Stephani wine pairing dinner at Zafferano
For those who have not had the chance to try Venetian wines, this is a good chance. The wine list includes:
- De Stefani Prosecco Zero Gran Cuvee Extra Dry Millesimato 2015
- De Stefani Pinot Grigio 2014
- De Stefani Soler 2014
- De Stefani Stefen 2011 Single Vineyard
The star of the exclusive evening will be the free-range pigeon cooked in three ways, served with chestnuts glazed in caramelised grapes and persimmon coulis. It will be paired with the well regarded De-Stefani Stefen 2011 Single Vineyard.
The Zafferano De-Stefani Wine Pairing Dinner will be held on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 at 7pm and is priced at $108 per person.
Ocean Financial Centre
10 Collyer Quay
Reservations: 6509 1488
Dehesa x Bodegas Vega Sicilia Gargantuan Roasted Feast (cancelled)
Dehesa. The Spanish restaurant is collaborating with Bodegas Vega Sicilia to present a one night only wine and gargantuan roasted feast dinner. Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno will be serving up some Roasted Quails with Burnt Leeks and Romanesco, Spit-Roasted Segovia Suckling Pigs with Membrillo and 5 Weeks Aged Ribs of Beef with Black Trompette and Crispy Potatoes.
The dinner will also showcase wines from the renowned wine estate of Bodegas Vega Sicilia, one of the most acclaimed wineries in the Ribera del Duoro region:
- Vega Sicilia Valbuena 2011
- Vega Sicilia Unico 2005
- Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild 2013
- Vega Sicilia Macan Classico
There will also be cider from Zapiain Sagardoa and sherr-based Vermouth La Copa by González Byass)
12 North Canal Road
Reservations: 6221 7790
New Restaurant: Sluviche
Sluviche serves up a combination of two fresh items: ceviches and adult slushies. It features ﬁve ceviches, two slushies, and three cocktails to delight tropical palette. The slushies are twists on the Pisco Sours ($15++), both light and refreshing- a godsend in the hellish Singapore weather.
Pair them with ceviches, a popular Peruvian raw seafood dish. We especially like the Buri ($20++), a zesty combination of yellowtail, seaweed, garlic and lime, and the Fiji ($20++), a flavourful and surprisingly creamy combination of swordﬁsh, coconut milk and leek.
17A Keong Saik Road
Ginett- TUF Brunch Feast
Nestled in Hotel G Singapore, Ginett is a contemporary French restaurant and wine bar located a stone’s throw away from the heart of town. Being a French-style establishment, you might think that portions are tiny, delicate and fussy. You couldn’t be more wrong.
The restaurant has launched a T.U.F (Till U’re Full) Brunch Feast, a weekend brunch feast for just $42++. While it’s not actually an all-you-can-eat buffet, you’ll probably be sated anyway. Choose 2 dishes each from 4 categories (Salads, cheese and cold cuts, eggs, rotisserie, and sweets).
Standout dishes include the delicious Duck Gravy, a rich and savoury duck…gravy sauce poured over a sunny-side-up and tater tots. Also be sure to order the Rotisserie Chicken, which is so succulent and tender that every bite will bring juicy explosions of flavour into your mouth. For those who enjoy dessert, the Creme Brulee is excellent. Soft and smooth with a wafer thin crust.
We suggest topping up the meal with a free flow of Bloody Maries, Mimosas and Muscadet wine (available at $32++). The crisp, tart Muscadet is a perfect pairing, keeping the palate fresh and the mood light. You can also order from the a la carte menu, or enjoy reasonably priced French wine from the extensive list.
The weekend brunch package is available from 11am to 4pm.
Oh, and if you turn up on Tuesday nights, groups of 4 ladies get a bottle of Rose or Cremant (sparkling wine) free, no strings attached.
Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar
200 Middle Road
Opening Hours: 7am to 12am (Sundays to Thursdays) 1am (Fridays & Saturdays)
Reservations: 6809 7989
Louis XIII- “100 Years” – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care
And lastly, we end off with something that’s not about drinks- not directly. Singer Pharrell Williams that will not be released until 2117.
The track was recorded onto a record made of Cognac clay and stored in the cellars of LOUIS XIII in a safe that is only destructible when submerged in water.
Why water? To take a stand against global warming of course. Should our sea levels continue to rise, much of the world’s land might be underwater in 100 years, including Cognac.
So, this composition by award-winning artiste Pharrell Williams will only be heard again in 2117, if we take a stand against global warming.
If you’re not a Pharell fan, think of all the fine cognac that will be drowned by the sea. Check you their video below.