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Pink is the new Black. Singapore’s first Rosé bar Pandora’s Garden, debuts on the rooftop of Ann Siang House

October 20, 2018 Dining No Comments Email Email

Pandora’s Garden, a newly opened rooftop garden bar located at the courtyard of Ann Siang House is dedicated to serving rosé wines. Housing the most comprehensive collection of rosé wines in Singapore, it hopes to precipitate the rising popularity of this sophisticated yet often misunderstood pink style of wine.

Drinking pink has never been so trendy till recently. According to research company Nielsen on wine trends of 2018, consumers are adding rosé to their wine carts as an addition to other wine varieties. With increased production from France, Spain, Italy and the US, there’s never been a better time to try this exciting and tantalising wine.

Contrary to popular belief, rosé is NOT made blending red and white wine. There are several ways in which rose is made and that is not one of them. The most common rosé production method is the maceration of red grape varieties, skin still intact for between 12-24 hours to achieve the blush colour it is known for.

Rosé rules at Pandora’s Garden. Jamie and Jasmine Gripton, husband and wife team owners of Pandora’s Garden and also Brightside on Duxton Hill, has procured a sizeable collection of rosé wines that include Whispering Angel’s L’Esclans Gamus (SGD$535/bottle) named “The Greatest Rosé” ever by James Suckling, one of the world’s most influential wine critic. Ultra rare rosé champagnes such as Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé and 2007 Krug Rosé are available at SGD$1,888 and SGD$888 respectively. A regular glass of rosé starts at $12 per glass or $41 per bottle, magnum (1.5L) and jeroboam (3L) sized formats are also available at an affordable price.

“Singapore’s tropical weather is perfect for drinking rosé all year round. We don’t need to wait for summer like they do in Europe to indulge in nicely chilled wine.” says Jasmine Gripton, owner of Pandora’s Garden.

Pandora’s Garden is a hidden gem designed around an ancient Frangipani tree with roots that run deep under Ann Siang House. When night falls, a retractable roof opens up like a box and twinkling fairy lights are turned on to create a magical effect that inspired the name Pandora’s Garden.

Whilst rosé is its main offering with over 35 different selections, specially brewed Pandora’s Craft Ale, in partnership with local brewing company Trouble Brewing, is available on tap and freshly made goblets of Tanqueray botanical gin cocktail offer a spirits alternative. Bar snacks at Pandora’s Garden are specially made to pair well with the drink offerings, expect picnic style food such as cured meats, premium cheeses, British pork pies, homemade Jäermeister paté and a Ploughman’s board, served with artisanal bread, crackers, chutney, fruit and nuts.

Look out for the weekly Blush Ladies Night on Wednesdays in which Bach Rosé, Anna Sparkling Rosé, Aperol Spritz, Pimms and Sangria flow freely for $30+ from 6pm-8pm.

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