This is my blog on anything really, but wines, mainly.
The Wine Stable will be celebrating our First Year Anniversary soon. And what better way to celebrate than to have The Finder magazine run a spotlight article about us. And most appropriately titled, Great Value Wines. One year on, and we are still tremendously proud and happy to be serving the wine-loving community in Singapore. Read the article.
Some general trends in the wine preferences and consumption patterns I observed amongst the wine drinkers in Singapore, for example: Asian Chinese predominantly favours red wines over white.... White and sparkling wines have more female fans than male.... People either love or hate Chardonnay, they are rarely neutral to it.... The more matured and sophisticated drinkers seek out the dry and complex wines while new drinkers would prefer lighter and sweeter wines. Interestingly, the earlier group tend to be more price sensitive and will seek out good wines at reasonable prices, while the latter group are willing to pay higher prices for perceived better wines.In general, it is very heartening for me to see that wine drinkers in Singapore are becoming more informed - they know what they like and they know where they can get them more inexpensively. But they are also experimental and like to try out new wines.
Most cheap wines contain a higher amount of residual sugar, giving them the 'richness' and 'body' which compensate the lower quality grapes they are made from. This could be the reason why cheap wines sometimes perform better than expensive wines in blind-tasting studies. However, the preference for such 'sweeter wines' are normally by non-enthusiasts.
My biggest fear about running this business isn't whether our wines will sell (well, maybe indirectly, yea, this is a worry ultimately), but it is that potential customers may look at the prices of our wines and assume our wines are the cheap, low grade, supermarket-quality wines, while people in the wine industry (aka our competitors) may curse us for 'spoiling the market'.
The age long question about whether red wines are beneficial to our health remains inconclusive, but my take is this: listen to your body when you drink and you will find the answer. .... if you feel great after drinking wine, then it's probably good for you. ... if after drinking wine you get dizzy, feel hyper-ventilated, nauseous, moody or bad-tempered, or your blood-pressure rises, get hot flushes, ... Then wine isn't good for you.