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Monday, January 22, 2007

Wine Observation : AMK NTUC Xtra

I visited the AMK NTUC Xtra last week at the new bus interchange combined with Town Central. The new NTUC Xtra is in basement two with a significant floor size that could rival the Giant at IMM or Parkway Parade. The items sold also seemed similar, but the lighting was brighter and more cheery.

Went to look at the wine section there to compare it against Carrerfour, Cold Storage and Giant. I was pretty impress on the wine section, a whole aisle both left and right for about 6-8 meters. The interesting issue was that they even sold pretty high end wines which I don't even see at Cold Storage, Wolf Blass Black Label at >S$130 and Penfolds Grange Hermitage >S$300. Astonishingly, they do not have a chilled room like Jason's Marketplace at City Hall or Orchard!

So these preciously expensive wines were left in uncontrolled temperature/humidity and exposed to bright spotlights! Maybe NTUC thinks that they will be fast moving wine bottles and will not be subject to extended periods of unfavourable conditions....

I sincerely hope so....

4 Comments:

  • At 12:37 AM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    what are the vintages of the higher end stuff they have there?

     
  • At 7:18 AM, Blogger Wine said…

    What other labels they have there? Oh dear no chiller for Grange! Uniquely NTUC! :P

     
  • At 8:18 AM, Anonymous ivn said…

    Do people actually buy wines there?

    Anyway, speaking of high-end wines, thought you might be interested in this:

    http://food.recentrunes.com/?p=1418

     
  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger DesDragon said…

    RogueHog : I did not get the vintages, but looks like > year 2000

    Wine : Penfolds RWT too...yeah...my heart breaks

    Ivn : I guess ppl do buy wines from NTUC but i would guess supermarket daily quaffing wines...I think they are going upmarket, but they need the right infrastructure to go upmarket eh?

    You link is great..and the wines too...dun know if i'd ever drink such past vintage wines in my lifetime...

     

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