Has buying in Singapore ever been better?

Earlier in the week, there was the Halliday 94 pointer for under S$25. Now there are a couple of 96 pointers from the West that Wine Exchange Asia has on offer. Robert Rees says you’d better be quick on these as supplies are limited, and from my experience, when Robert says that, you’d better believe it! Here’s the deals:

2009 / Howard Park / Great Southern / Riesling / S$41, or S$39 by the case – James Halliday does indeed rate this 96 points in his 2011 Australian Wine Companion (I picked up my copy just today) and suggests this riesling (yes, Australian rieslings can last that long) will go to 2029. With a RRP of A$25, the pricing is right where I would expect it to be.

2008 / Houghton / Wisdom / Margaret River / Cabernet Sauvignon / S$42, or S$40 by the case – Another Halliday 96 pointer with recommended drinking to 2025. The Big Red Wine Book gives it 94 points and suggests drinking 2011 to 2017, so get some to drink early next year and put some aside. RRP is A$32 so the pricing here is solidly within my BBI for value too.

Scouring the second-hand bookshops some time ago (isn’t that something you miss in Singapore?) I picked up a gem of a title that I immediately thought, “bet you wish you’d written that”! It’s called ‘The Earnest Drinker’s Digest’ and was written by O. Mendelsohn and published in Australia in 1945. Here’s a bemusing quote, the first of many.

“……….in Anglo-Saxon countries, alcohol is often taken as an escape and under barbarous legal restrictions, and so men may find it is pleasant to keep up an air of mystery, just like an overgrown belief in Fairyland”

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"A good bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world" - Louis Pasteur

“The unexacting palates of the masses…are content to ask no question [on origin] so long as a florin or half-a-crown will purchase a roomy flagon of strong , full-bodied, fruity wine” – CE Hawker writing in 1907