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Saturday 20 JULY 2019 This coming Saturday 20 July 2019, if you happen to be in Singapore, you are in for a Italian vinous treat. Organiser Jessican Tan CSW, founder of Singapoured, is an Italian specialist. She is a member of the Vinitaly International Academy as well as an Italian Wine Ambassador. “Come …

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Best Spanish & Best Ribera Red

Jorge Bombin has catapulted to Spanish wine fame since 9 July 2019. The winemaker’s Legaris Alcubilla 2015 won Gold and swept Trophies for Best Spanish Red and Best Ribera del Duero Red. Jorge Bombin’s first vintage at Legaris was 2008. The winery is just outside the town of Penafiel in …

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First Time in Their History

For the very first time in their history, the Symington Family has made back-to-back Vintage Port declarations. 2016 has been followed by 2017. Back-to-back Vintage Port declarations by the Symington Family are more difficult to come by than finding the needle in the haystack. In fact, since their ancestor Andrew James …

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A Great Champagne • Le Grand Siecle

I met Bernard de Nonancourt (c. 1920 – 29 October 2010), also known as “Big Bernard”, in 2001. The affectionate description is entirely justified. At 1.85 metres, Nonancourt was a towering presence. A bear of a man. Very friendly and smiling. A giant full of charm and genuinely interested in people. We set off …

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Paris to Reims in 45 Minutes

Champagne is just 45 minutes away. If you are going from Paris to Champagne, catch the TGV from Gare de l’Est. Forty-five minutes later, you will be in Reims where many of the major houses are located, including Louis Roederer, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, Charles Heidsieck, and Krug. Gare de l’Est is …

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Domaine Du 1er Juin is in Singapore

On 29 June 2019, a first-ever dinner featuring Domaine du 1er Juin wines outside China took place in Singapore. Singapore has become the first country to import wines from Domaine du 1er Juin. To commemorate the occasion, on 29 June 2019, a dinner was held featuring wines from the Ningxia …

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2016 – THE NEW 1982?

Philippe Blanc’s first vintage at Chateau Beychevelle was 1995. He continues to make some of the finest, most intense, elegant, freshest, and age-worthy wines in the whole of Bordeaux. When I first tasted the 2016 vintage during the futures or en primeurs in the spring of the following year, I was swept …

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Wine Corruption

Corruption is not just misusing a position of trust for dishonest gain or money. As defined by Oxford Dictionary, corruption includes “changing something from its original use or meaning to one that is regarded as erroneous or debased”. I thought about the second type of corruption when I saw a bottle of …

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How Do They Tell?

I used to give training to waiters/waitresses and the managers of the Golden Peony Restaurant and Oscars (an all-day dining outlet) of the Conrad Centennial Singapore. The first thing I encouraged the participants was to regard their workplace as if it were their home. That way, like welcoming someone to your …

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Sacha Lichine is Master of Rosé

Master of Rosé Drinks Business, the trade publication, has just announced the winners of their annual Global Rosé Masters competition. Nearly 200 entries were judged. They were tasted blind at Beach Blanket Babylon Restaurant and Bar in London on 16 April 2019. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals are awarded. We …

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