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Great Champagne Tour 2021

WELCOME TO EDITION 822 of GRAPEVINE Lunch – Friday 29 October 2021 – will be at Chateau de Louvois, the spiritual home of Champagne Laurent Perrier Last week, we announced our Great Bordeaux Tour 2021 will take place 1 to 4 November. I am equally delighted to now inform, a few days before that, there will …

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Bordeaux Here We Come! 

WELCOME TO EDITION 821 of GRAPEVINE Chateau d’Yquem Chateau Petrus This coming 1, 2, 3 & 4 November 2021, we will be conducting our second public tour to Bordeaux. The trip has been a year in the planning. There are only 8 places. Participants must be vaccinated. You will be visiting: Yquem Petrus Haut-Brion Lafite …

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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Approach

WELCOME TO EDITION 820 of GRAPEVINE This is the part I don’t get. After their incredulous decision in allowing visitors from the sub-continent into the country – bringing the Indian variant to Singapore – the Multi-Ministry Task Force is now all cautious and postponing dining-in for another week – and, only possibly – to 21 …

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Oak – The Wine Opium

WELCOME TO EDITION 819 of GRAPEVINE He finds the taste of oak unbearable too  “To add oak to the Japanese variety Koshu – whether to ferment in or/and elevage into – is tantamount to cooking a fatty, juicy slice of toro tuna instead of serving it raw. The chef, not the fish, …

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Thank You Very Much

WELCOME TO EDITION 818 of GRAPEVINE About 1 in 3 new cases  of Covid infection in the world now takes place in India For your amazing response to last week’s “Stop Blaming Us • Start Owning Up” GrapeVine. An overwhelming 96% who wrote to us agreed with the views expressed. There was a singular detractor. …

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Stop Blaming Us • Start Owning Up

WELCOME TO EDITION 817 of GRAPEVINE Not owning up to our mistake is irresponsible. To apologise is to display honesty and show accountability. To apologise and resign is to reveal unusual but exemplary honour. To divert blame or find a scapegoat is to sink into a subterranean abyss. The world’s most expensive, highest-paid …

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New Education Minister

WELCOME TO EDITION 816 of GRAPEVINE We produce cotton The reason your ears get itchy is because we come from sheep Tomorrow – 15 May 2021 – Singapore gets a new Minister of Education. “Cotton comes from sheep,” CHAN Chun Sing once informed. Since the man was a former President’s Scholar and Major-General who …

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Bordeaux 2020

WELCOME TO EDITION 814 of GRAPEVINE Left, Managing Director and Proprietor of Chateau Leoville Poyferre Sara Lecompte Cuvelier and Brand Ambassador Claire Ridley The tasting of Bordeaux 2020 started last Friday 23 April 2021 for me. It was a Zoom encounter with Managing Director and Proprietor of Saint-Julien Second Growth Chateau Leoville Poyferre Sara Lecompte Cuvelier. …

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Capital of Fake Wine

WELCOME TO EDITION 813 of GRAPEVINE China produces, sells, and buys more fake wine than any other country in the world. Not just wine but also fake Moutai, Cognac, Whisky, Bourbon, Vodka, Pu-erh tea, branded handbags, shoes, watches, dresses, jackets, perfumes, baby milk powder, medicine, eggs (no chicken required), French branded oysters such …

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Disciples of Auguste Escoffier (1846 – 1935)

WELCOME TO EDITION 812 of GRAPEVINE I am honoured to inform I have been appointed Wine Advisor to Disciples of Escoffier Singapore by Edmund Toh, their president. Based in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, Disciples of Escoffier was created in 1954. I accepted the role because the organization is primarily dedicated to transmission, including of expertise, knowledge, and skills, particularly to the …

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