SINGAPORE WINE lovers shop for aged vintage wines in YATS Wine Cellars Clark Philippines.

 

Although Singapore is one of the best place in Asia to shop for wines, sophisticated palates in Singapore have outgrown whatever the local wine shops can offer. As tastes for fine wine mature, wine lovers can no longer be satisfied by well-known labels with big ratings. Wine connoisseurs want the elegant stuff, wines that are complex, deep and intellectually challenging. In other words, they want the old stuff, wines that are 20, 40, even 60 or 80 years old.

And not only that, the more sophisticated the person becomes, the more adventurous and curious he/she is with what wine lovers call "off" vintages. Off vintages refer to years that are not renowned to have perfect climates. Examples of off vintages are 1998 in Napa, 1976, 1985 and 1994 in Bordeaux. Lucky collectors who ignored wise words of critics found themselves with bottles of these vintages that are drinking remarkably nice today contrary to what the crystal ball declared 20 years ago.

These wines are still very rare in Asian cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. One of the reasons could be that wine stores only started collecting very recently and most of them carry wines only as old as 1982 which was the Bordeaux vintage that got everyone excited about vintage wine in Asia.

The direct flights that started connecting Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul and a few other cities with the ex-US-airbase-now-special-freeport Clark Freeport of Philippines exposed a well-kept secret to international wine shoppers. This unobtrusive two-storey independent white structure is home to a remarkable wine shop called Clark Wine Center, owned by a major Clark hospitality-and-restaurant stakeholder Yats International. One of Yats' subsidiaries is Yats WineCellars (www.YatsWineCellars.com) that specializes in fine and rare vintage wines. They are very famous among wine lovers in Philippines. This collection includes stuff like 1900 Margaux, whole line of 1977, 1963, 1955 vintage Port, 1947 Cheval-Blanc, rare Burgundies in great vintages like 1969 and 1959. Most of these wines were purchased and imported when Clark Freeport offered duty-free privileges, so the prices are quite attractive.

Sister company Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar is a fine-dining restaurant complete with its own wine cellars. Corkage is waived for bottles brought in from Clark Wine Center. In addition to that, regular wine dinners featuring great vintage wines paired with sophisticated gourmet food are held. Typical price for those would be in the US$80 to 100 level, certainly much cheaper than dinners we see in Hong kong and Singapore for this level of luxury. for more information about this restaurant, visit www.YatsRestaurant.com.

Several choices of Hotel accommodation are available in Clark Philippines. For those who prefer a bit of lifestyle instead of the run-of-the-mill hotel room, try another Yats establishment called Clearwater Resort & Country Club which is open to tourists. This is a large property about 13ha with a 3ha lake, a small beach, several swim spots and small number of lodgings scattered over the properties of different styles each offering a different kind of ambience. It is not for those who just want to check-in and check-out with least amount of work. This is a country park with rooms on it. If you are into that kind of lifestyle for your travels, then Clearwater Resort is the perfect place for you. Otherwise you can stick to the Holiday Inn which is right next to the Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The Clark International Airport is extremely conveniently located, literally a few minutes to all those places mentioned above. Golfers can tee off and gamblers can place their first bet just 30 minutes after the plane lands. Now, that’s a rare treat all by itself.

Yats Leisure PhilippinesClark Freeport is worth visiting especially for wine lovers. For information and advanced bookings, you may email Wine@Yats-International.com or call (632) 637-5019.

 

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