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15 wines for Chinese New Year

Find out which will match your festive feasts

Wines go well with Chinese New Year dishes and ST Wine presents a special selection of 15 recommended pairings with food for your gastronomic celebration.

Enjoy discounts on these wines, now available for order on the ST Wine website, as well as free delivery with a minimum purchase of $180 for any of the wines featured in this festive Single Bottle Specials promotion.

For purchases of less than $180, there is a $16 delivery charge, redeemable on your next purchase with any ST Wine Gold or Platinum package. The redemption is valid for two months from the date of purchase.


From Crystal Wines

Mitolo GAM Shiraz 2014


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Rating: JH91

ST Wine price: $68

Intense aromas of black cherry, cedarwood and dried Mediterranean herbs. Tastes of vanilla and dark plum. A sturdy wine that holds its own with strong savoury dishes.

Food pairing: Stir-fried beef with garlic, dishes with black bean or black pepper sauce.

Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva Red 2010


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Rating: WS91

ST Wine price: $66

Plum flavour with smoky notes of tobacco. Has a fresh and juicy acidity that cuts through rich meaty dishes.

Food pairing: Pan-fried beef and barbecued red meats.

Clarendelle Rouge 2014


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ST Wine price: $48 Complex and fruity with blackcurrant and blackberry flavours. A fresh and elegant match for roasted meats.

Food pairing: Peking duck and roasted suckling pig.

Misha's Vineyard The Gallery Gewurztraminer 2012


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Rating: RP89

ST Wine price: $51

Rich and creamy with aromas of lychee and Turkish delight. A flavourful medium to full-bodied white.

Food pairing: Teochew-or Cantonese-style steamed fish, steamboat and chilli crab.

Kerlann Chablis 2016


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Rating: RP87

ST Wine price: $46

Easy to drink white wine with a faint whiff of apple and light flavours of peach and apricot. Best to drink from now until 2021.

Food pairing: Steamed seafood such as scallop, shellfish or fish.


From Grape Palate

Frankland Estate Olmo's Reward 2013


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Rating: JH95

ST Wine price: $78

Cabernet Franc takes the lead in this elegant red. The rich fruity flavours make it a superb match with roasted meats.

Food pairing: Roasted suckling pig, roast duck or chicken.

Mount Pleasant Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz 2014


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Rating: JH96

ST Wine price: $79

Scent of violets, raspberry and spices. Concentrated flavours of red fruit lift this smooth Shiraz.

Food pairing: Grilled spiced meats.

Irvine Grand Merlot 2012


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Rating: JH94

ST Wine price: $103

Serious wine that is still approachable for those not used to red wines. An excellent gift as it can cellar for up to 20 years.

Food pairing: Deep-fried fish, braised trotter and pen cai (a "treasure pot" filled with seafood).

Ceretto Barolo Prapo 2013


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Rating: RP94

ST Wine price: $156

Hearty wine of substance worth its price. Flavours of fruit, rose, vanilla and sweet spices.

Food pairing: Pen cai and braised or stewed dishes.

Ceretto Barolo Brunate 2013


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Rating: JS95

ST Wine price: $156

Strongly perfumed with flowers, citrus fruit and cherries.

Food pairing: Pen cai and braised meats.


From Asia Wine Network

Rutini Apartado Gran Malbec 2014


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Rating: JS92

ST Wine price: $138

Unforgettable red from Argentina that is excellent with meat dishes.

Food pairing: Bak kwa, roast pork, satay and beef rendang.

Arboreto Amarone Della Valpolicella 2013


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ST Wine price: $78

Aromatic with cherry, spice and bitter almonds. Smooth red that will be enjoyed by both new and seasoned wine drinkers.

Food pairing: Bak kwa, bak kut teh and prawn with pork rib noodle soup.

Banfi Aska Bolgheri Rosso 2014


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Rating: JS93

ST Wine price: $66

From the vineyards of Bolgheri in Tuscany that are famous for prestigious wines, this Super Tuscan is velvety and jammy with hints of tobacco.

Food pairing: Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, abalone and chicken dishes.

Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


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Rating: RP90

ST Wine price: $46

Fine balance of fruit and spices in scent and flavour.

Food pairing: Roast pork, beef hor fun and dishes with rich gravy.

Cyan Tinta de Toro Roble 2012


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ST Wine price: $40

Fragrant with ripe black fruit with some spiciness. Offers excellent value for its price.

Food pairing: Stir-fried meat dishes with leek and braised noodles.


WINE DEALS

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Join the ST Wine Club and be pampered by surprise monthly packages of fine wines delivered to your doorstep. The ST Wine Club is a premium wine club of The Straits Times, which works with reputable wine merchants to curate and present a selection of fine wines with the best value.

Gold packages feature New World wines and Platinum packages feature Old World wines.

Click on the Promotions tab on the ST Wine website to pick up great deals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 21, 2018, with the headline '15 wines for Chinese New Year'. Print Edition | Subscribe