The Top 40 Wines of 2022 is finally out after 1 and a half months. We are sorry for the unusually long delay for the latest instalment of our annual lists. Some customers asked when we are publishing the results as previous editions have served as their drinking guide in the last few years. We blame it all on the busy Christmas period followed closely by Chinese New Year. In between rushing customer orders out the door as quickly as possible and stuffing our faces with turkey, bak kwa and wine, paperwork had unfortunately taken a backseat. We are now slowly getting back into groove and we hope you too have shaken off the holiday rust.
The Top 40 Wines of 2022 list sees many new entries. In the champagne department, global and local supply pressures throughout the year caused many established labels like Dom Perignon and Ruinart to be out of stock for extended periods. This presented an opportunity for other less in demand labels to establish a bigger presence. This is not to say that the “substitute” labels are of inferior quality. Just that traditionally a very large part of champagne business has always been led by marketing / branding, and LVMH is a market leader in this aspect.
For still wines, a bigger percentage of our list is now represented by smaller wineries. We think this is a reflection of the Singapore consumer’s increased confidence in buying wine and the availability of tools like Vivino that help demystify the product. This is a good thing, as in our personal experience, most of the best value wines are found in this small winery category.
Natural wine too is making a bigger presence in the Top 40 Wines of 2022 in line with general consumer preference for “healthier, authentic” options. If you have not tried this category yet, wines from Mendall (Spain) and Nevio Scala (Italy) are good starts. They may seem strange at first, but they do grow on you.