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My Favourite Collin’s Pairing

This column resumes now that Singapore allows dining in a restaurant again, albeit a maximum 2 to a table. Duck Confit is the favourite duck dish of France. Of the 8 reds I selected for COLLIN’S, two favourite pairings are Mount Difficulty Roaring Meg Central Otao Pinot Noir 2019 and a Spanish red. …

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21 TO 14 DAYS

TRAVEL UPDATE 21 TO 14 DAYS Effective today 24 June 2021, all new travellers arriving to Singapore from Covid high-risk places and countries will have their quarantine reduced from 21 to 14 days. Singapore regards all places and countries as high-risk except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macau, China and New Zealand. Starting …

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Family Producer

Francis Abecassis and daughter Elodie head their family enterprise Domaines Francis Abecassis specializes in single estate bottlings. They own 370 hectares of vines and are one of the largest independent producers in Cognac. The house is headed by Francis Abecassis  and his daughter Elodie. The younger generation it was who came up with …

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Apology & Correction

We apologise for the wrong information concerning the availability of Dom Perignon 2012 for Singapore and Asia. It is NOT in July but sometime end of the year. Dom Perignon P2 2003 will be available in Singapore next month – July – at 1855 The Bottle Shop and Crystal Wines. …

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Fenjiu Baijiu

Fenjiu is situated in the postcard-scenic Xinghua village, Fenyang, Shanxi Province In 1948, three baijiu distilleries were merged into what today is Shanxi Xinghuacun Fenjiu Group. They were Jin Yu Fenjiu (晋裕汾酒), Yi Quan Yong (义泉泳) and De Hou Cheng (德厚成). The company is popularly referred to as Fenjiu, one of China’s top 10 baijiu. Fenjiu only produces baijiu of “Qing …

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Celebrate at Collin’s

Singapore’s home-grown chain COLLIN’S is celebrating the return of dining-in by halving the price of their Australian Margaret River Wagyu Ribeye Steak (MS 6 – 7, 250g) from $99.80 to $49.90++! The same is served with Truffle Mushroom Soup, Cheesy Garlic Bread and a glass of Sparkling Yuzu. The promotion is valid till 20 July …

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Alsace Star

Highly regarded Domaine Albert Mann is the union of two families. Combined, they count for more than 700 years of winegrowing experience. The Manns have been cultivating vines since the beginning of the 17th Century. Present owners of the domaine are relatively younger as the Barthelme Family have been winegrowers only since …

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Lafite 2004 and Margaux 2006

Late February 2020 – when it was still possible to return from France and Italy without serving quarantine in Singapore – I visited Chateau Margaux and Lafite one and the next day. I was leading my first public tour to Bordeaux. Capped at 8 participants – together with our Business …

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Dom Perignon • New Releases

Cellarmaster Vincent Chaperon at the virtual launch yesterday, Monday 14 June 2021 Cellarmaster Vincent Chaperon held a virtual launch of Dom Perignon 2012 and Dom Perignon P2 2003 yesterday from Hautvillers, Champagne. The two wines could not be more different. The younger is bristling with vitality or, in Chaperon’s own word to sum up the vintage, …

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Most Exclusive Hotel in the World

TRAVEL UPDATE MOST EXCLUSIVE HOTEL IN THE WORLD Le Grand Controle is the most exclusive hotel in the whole of France and, possibly, the world. There are only 14 rooms and suites. Set in the Palace of Versailles. This cultural symbol of France began as a hunting lodge in 1623. Built by Louis XIII, …

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