On the go in Oz

This is only my second time back in Australia since starting BastardBoxWine blog, so I’m using the opportunity to wander through some of the wine shops. Yes, there’s that initial reaction every time you revisit a Dan Murphy’s or Vintage Cellars after being away for a while of “wow, look at the variety, and wow, look at the prices”. No argument on the greater selection of wines, and no argument that the cheaper end are, well, cheaper in Australia. But what surprised me this time was the fantastic buys that we’re getting in Singapore in the mid to upper end (bought from the right people of course – that’s not a generalization). It seems hard to believe that for all the stick that we get in Singapore for crazy wine prices, we’ve been able to by wine cheaper than the folks down-under. Elderton Command, Penfolds St Henri and d’Arenberg Dead Arm have all been offered in Singapore for below equivalent A$ retail, and the 2008 Ata Rangi pinot noir which I bought from Wine Exchange Asia for S$69 is selling for A$80 in Melbourne. So let’s not whinge about wine prices in Singapore, but having done your homework (or letting Bastard Box do it for you) get out there and support those businesses that are giving us such consistently good deals. If you follow the blog, you’ll know who they are. No, you can’t just wander into a Dan’s after work on a Friday night and pick up some steals. In Singapore, you’ll need a little more planning than that, you might have to visit some out of the way places, and often you’ll have to be quick to get the special prices, but your cellar will be the better for it and so will your wallet.

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