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Out & About • Monopole Singapore & Malaysia

From left, CH’NG Poh Tiong, Monopole Chairman Huang Yuan Chiang and Monopole CEO Michael Chong. Seated is Singapore wine retail legend Don Tay. Monopole, a leading distributor in Singapore and Malaysia hosted a lunch recently at Crystal Jade Restaurant for old friends. Founded in 2010, the portfolio of Monopole includes …

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Wine of the Day • 10 August 2020

Jean-Luc Colombo Terres Brulees Cornas 2016 Stephane Soret cooked and served this at lunch yesterday. It paired brilliantly with the aubergine in tomato sauce, baked sliced potatoes and a huge piece of steak sprinkled with herbs. Jean-Luc Colombo is a much respected producer. The oenologist also cooks. Wife Anne – …

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Out & About • Stephane Soret

In 2011, the wine world was shuddered to its very tendrils when, in London, He Lan Qing Xue Jia Bei Lan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 snatched Regional Trophy for Best Bordeaux Blend over other Gold Medal winners including from Argentina, Chile, California, South Africa, Australia and Bordeaux. I was particularly proud when I heard the news …

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Tiansai’s 10th Anniversary

Tiansai winery and its buildings have been built to inspire associations with the swan, with outstretched wings and a tower that resembles its elegant long neck. The organic vineyard is entirely hand-harvested. Temperatures in winter can dive to minus 25º Celsius. Vines have to be buried in order to survive …

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PANDEMIC UPDATE! You Can Visit France

You can now visit Yquem and France without quarantine Below is the advisory from the French Government Q: I am a foreign national. Can I enter France? There are no restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from the European space (European Union Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, …

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Congratulations!

English Video Watch it at Tencent Video 腾讯视频 https://v.qq.com/x/page/n31281zasat.html 中文影片 Watch it at Tencent Video 腾讯视频 https://v.qq.com/x/page/m3128cenb0r.html You may also want to read … Tiansai’s 10th Anniversary

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Arrogant French Cookie

Rumpole of the Bailey was a 1970s British television series created and written by the barrister John Mortimer. It starred Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole whose speciality was defending the underdog. Rumpole loves his claret and his favourite wine bar – near his chambers – is Pomeroy’s. Of the 44 episodes, …

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Reflections 2 • Time

Opening a wine before its time is like watching Michael Jordan dribble the basketball when he was 16. A trained eye would had spotted the immense potential, the future yet to be. It would be the same if you opened Amiral de Beychevelle 2016 now. You would instantly detect the potential. Except, …

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Pagoda Exclusive Offer!

Pagoda is Shaoxing’s most respected and largest rice wine brand. Located in Xing He Qiao, the back of the winery hugs the bank of Lake Jian or Jianhu. The pristine water of this natural lake goes into every bottle of Pagoda. Pagoda Benjiu Pagoda Benjiu is one of Shaoxing’s top …

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Reflections 1

REFLECTIONS is a new column. Short and to the point. When you indulge in REFLECTIONS, I hope you go on to reflect on the point raised.  When I drink a wine and taste oak instead, I feel cheated, defrauded. It’s like having a banana. Instead of sinking our teeth into the flesh …

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