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01: NEWTON JOHNSON PINOT NOIR – HEMELEN AARDE, SOUTH AFRICA
Voted by Decanter magazine as one of the top 10 Pinots in the world outside of Burgundy. Great for pairing with roasted poultry. – Gerald Lu, Praelum Wine Bistro
$90. Available from Stellez Vine, 38 North Canal Road.
02: GRANT BURGE THE HOLY TRINITY GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVEDRE – BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA
Tastes of fresh currant, pepper spice and a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. Great with cassoulet or braised beef short ribs. – Sandy Chng, Singapore Airlines
$74. Available from 1855 The Bottle Shop, Suntec City Mall Tower 4, #01-643.
03: 2010 GARBOLE HELETTO IGP ROSSO VENETO – VERONA, ITALY
A go-to choice to complement roast meat. An intense ruby red, the wine is powerful, dry, sapid and fresh, with hints of cherry blossom, cherry jam, almond and the smell of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and liquorice. – Paolo Colzani, Zafferano
$101. Available from Italian Wine Club.
04: 2014 SCHRAMSBERG BLANC DE BLANCS – CALISTOGA, NAPA VALLEY, USA
The first non-champagne sparkling wine served at the White House when Barack Obama was President of the United States. If it’s worthy of Obama’s party… – Gerald Lu, Praelum Wine Bistro
$69. Available from Straits Cellars. www.straitscellars.com
05: 2007 CHATEAU HOSANNA – POMEROL, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
The dark plum, leather and tobacco notes of this wine are at their best when paired with popular Christmas dishes like magret de canard or duck confit with orange sauce. – Sandy Chng, Singapore Airlines
$180. Available from Crystal Wines, #01-02/03 Valley Point.
06: 2004 ZYME AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC – VENETO, ITALY
One sip of this will warm you up immediately. Made of dried grapes, this is a rich and intense, full-bodied jammy red wine – perfect with rich beef dishes or venison. – Fabian Schenk, Tippling Club
$192. Available from Angra Wine & Spirit, #03-03 Tanjong Pagar Distripark.
07: 2008 PHILIPPE GONET BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU – LE MESNIL SUR OGER, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
There’s nothing like bubbles to herald festivity. This bottle is best served with Dover sole with cream sauce and crunchy vegetables. – Stephanie Rigourd, Raffles Hotel Singapore
$90. Available from Epicurio, 1557 Keppel Road, #02-01B Block C. sg.epicurio.co
08: 2005 CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE – POMEROL, BORDEAUX
The La Conseillante is a pure expression of the fruit – generous with masculine but elegant tannins. Although the wine is young, it can be appreciated with meat stew with a thick sauce to soften the rich tannins. – Stephanie Rigourd, Raffles Hotel Singapore
$450. Available from Fine Wines, #02-60 CT Hub 2.
09: 1996 CARPINETO VIN SANTO – TUSCANY, ITALY
A great dessert wine to be enjoyed in winter, this has complex hints of apricot jam, hazelnut and walnut. It possesses a good balance between complex and intense balsamic fragrances, alcohol and sweetness. – Fabian Schenk, Tippling Club
$95. Available from Vintage Fine Wines.
10: MOET HENNESSY PARADIS IMPERIAL
For the wow factor, a gift that can be savoured any time of the year. Only 10 out of 10,000 eaux-de-vie from each harvest are deemed worthy for the blend. Smooth and mellow, the cognac reveals floral essences like jasmine and orange blossom alongside a subtle smokiness. – The Peak
$2,800. Available from Cellarbration, 75 Circular Road, #01-00.
11: AVIGNONESI VIN SANTO – TUSCANY, ITALY
Legend has it that the sick were cured through this Italian dessert wine made by monks. Health benefits aside, the vin santo complements rich pudding and desserts. – Gerald Lu, Praelum Wine Bistro
$348 box of two bottles. Available from Certain Cellars, #02-05 Henderson Industrial Park.
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