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Cancelled

Decanter has cancelled DAWA 2020. Launched in 2012 and held annually in Hong Kong in September, the cancellation is the result of the Covid 19 pandemic. In cancelling DAWA 2020, Decanter has now moved Decanter World Wine Awards to the week of 28 September 2020 (originally, the judging was scheduled …

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Paul Pontallier

PAUL PONTALLIER 22 April 1957 – 28 March 2016 By CH’NG Poh Tiong Part I of III Tomorrow, 28 March 2020, is the fourth anniversary of the passing of Paul Pontallier. This is the first of three articles to remember my friend. Paul and I in Chengdu for a Chateau …

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Founder Of Daumas Gassac

Veronique Guibert de La Vaissiere, co-founder of Mas de Daumas Gassac, is an ethnologist who after receiving her Master’s Degree in Psychology and her Ph D in Ethnology, dedicated herself to doing field research in Ireland since 1968. Her book Les quatre Fetes d’ouverture de Saison de l’Irlande ancienne expounds …

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Music of the Week • When will I see you again

With so many countries in the world banning visitors or, if allowing them in, imposing a quarantine, most of us have been cancelling trips. And not able to make new ones. Even if you live in the same country, you may have difficulty visiting family, loved ones, and friends because …

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BORDEAUX 2019 VINTAGE TASTING SUSPENDED

The Union des Grands Crus of Bordeaux has just announced that the tasting of the Bordeaux 2019 vintage or en primeurs week scheduled for Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April 2020 is now suspended. No new dates have been offered. In the words of the UGCB announcement, “We will …

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Italy, France, Germany & Spain

Singapore has just announced that beginning 11.59 pm Sunday 15 March, no one will be allowed entry to, or to transit in, Singapore who have been to Italy, France, Spain and Germany in the last 14 days. At the same time, beginning also this Sunday 15 March, Singaporeans and Permanent …

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Chateau Petit Village Sold

Petit-Village has been sold by AXA Millesimes to the proprietors of nearby Chateau Beauregard. ‘The sale of Chateau Petit-Village is part of a process of reallocation of the resources of AXA Millesimes with the aim of diversifying our vineyard investments. This process had already begun in 2018 with our acquisition …

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Mask or No Mask?

Most Singaporeans are not wearing a mask. A view of the Singapore River along Robertson Quay. Returning last Saturday 29 February – after having been away for five weeks – I was happy to see that most Singaporeans were not wearing a mask. If you are healthy, it is unnecessary. …

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March Promotion 

Bottles & Bottles – one of Singapore’s most dynamic wine retailers – has just announced their promotional wines for the month of March. Their 9 outlets can be located at www.bottlesandbottles.com.sg/content/6-findus. At their newest outlet at Changi Airport, customers can enjoy their purchases in the shop. At the same retail prices …

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Chateau de Laubade Intemporel Hors d’Age Bas Armagnac

Owned today by the Lesgourgues Family wo acquired the estate in 1974, Chateau de Laubade has 105 hectares of vines in one single contiguous plot. Hors d’Age must have eaux de vie of a minimum 10 years. In the case of Chateau de Laubade Intemporel or “Timeless”, they are between …

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