Tok Gong Wine Bar is a weekly pop-up wine bar dedicated to serving exceptional wines. The carefully curated wine list will change every week so there will always be something new for you and your friends to try. We will also be on hand to share our tales of the winegrowers, and help in choosing wines to suit your palate.
We will be there every Wednesday evening (from 6pm till late) in August and September on the upper level of TAB, pouring some of our favourite wines by the glass, half-litre carafe and bottle.
28 September – Declension III: Grapes. Petit Meslier, Grolleau Gris (and Noir), Pineau d’Aunis and even a Portugese migrant to France. All the lesser-known grapes, for one night only.
21 September – Declension II: Vintage. We turn our attention to annual variations, with various vintages of Luneau-Papin’s Le L d’Or, Damien Laureau’s Savennieres and the Dupasquier family’s Mondeuse. Find out how the changing weather conditions lead to different, yet related, wines each year.
14 September – Declension I: Terroir. We bring to you a declension of terroir from just two growers: Guy Bossard in Muscadet and Jean-Paul Brun in Beaujolais. Guy produces vivid, differentiated wines from his adjacent plots of gneiss, orthogneiss and granite, each providing anecdotal proof of the importance of geology. Obversely, Jean-Paul’s cru Beaujolais illustrate the importance of topography, the varying angles and elevation of each plot (all granite dominated) producing varied wines.
7 September – “Les Exiles des Bourgogne” (the Burgundian exiles). Both Melon de Bourgogne and Gamay have found their natural homes elsewhere after leaving Burgundy, and we turn the spotlight on some of the top growers working with these two oft-maligned grapes.
24 August – This week we go to the Anjou, where Chenin Blanc is queen. We have dry, complex Savennières, a deliciously sweet Coteaux du Layon, and even Cabernet Sauvignon and its parents – Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
17 August – Eric Texier and Helen Durand’s wines take centrestage this Wednesday at Tok Gong Wine Bar. Find out how and why the Rhône valley changes so dramatically from North to South. Take your pick between Syrah and Grenache, with the bonus of a very special sweet wine.
10 August – KOT says ON:OFF! We present One Night: Our Favourite Farmers, featuring Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet of Clos Roche Blanche, and the Dupasquiers (Noel, David and Vero) of the eponymous domaine, and a cameo from a nuclear engineer turned winegrower.
3 August – Exiled by Philip the Bold from Burgundy six centuries ago, Gamay has thrived elsewhere. We’ll be running through the gamut of Gamay to show how this grape responds to different soils, climates and vinification techniques. There will also be two Sauvignon Blancs made in the same spirit but with very different results, and a Champagne to knock the socks off anyone.