Singapore’s Holiday Wine Buying Guide (1855 The Bottle Shop Selection)

It’s been almost a year since I attended my first UK wine fair – The Great New Zealand Wine Tasting held at Lindley Hall, London. For some mysterious reason, the universe eventually stirred me to Singapore’s Wakanui, a restaurant with a main focus on New Zealand’s beautiful food and wine. I finally settled in a place that benefits me in all kinds of ways and to which I hope to contribute greatly. One of those awesome benefits was the 1855’s Wine & Whisky Week Christmas Edition, Singapore’s largest wine & whisky event with over 500 labels from over 20 countries. I loved the concept – you come on Monday, try 30 wines, then you come on Thursday and try a totally different flight of 30 wines. This is how the organizers promote different brands and let wine lovers discover a huge chunk of the 1855 portfolio. Besides that, the fair offered 12 Masterclasses (I attended Macallan’s) and amazing discounts that should not have been missed. After tasting cca 100 samples, I cherry-picked a top 10 list as a buying guide in spirit of the upcoming holidays, enjoy! Continue reading “Singapore’s Holiday Wine Buying Guide (1855 The Bottle Shop Selection)”

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Top 10 Wines @ Liberty Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017

Getting a chance to attend the Annual Portfolio Tasting of Liberty Wines in London was a professional beauty in my agenda. The company was founded in 1997 by David Gleave MW as a start-up with just four people working as staff. Today, it employs 130 individuals and has an annual turnover of £45 million. With awards annually pouring in from IWC, Decanter and SWA (On-Trade Supplier of the Year, Merchant of the Year, Wine Educator of the Year…), I honestly don’t see the need to bore you further with data and statistics of what Liberty Wines is in the international market today.

The APT 2017 was held on the 17th of January in the fascinating Kia Oval cricket ground in South London. This is the chief event of the company and gives wine lovers a chance to taste over 600 wines, spirits, beers, ciders and olive oils from over 150 representatives. To be frank, I only tasted around 250 samples. I started off slow and focused on my writing, but after a few hours I figured out how time is soaring by without me trying anything French or Italian. Luckily, eight hours presented a perfect time period to keep me sane and awake (though a lil’ dehydrated), so I cherry-picked the most sophisticated examples in the last 60 minutes. Being a WSET Diploma student, I really can’t complain about the producers selected for this event, because everything I wanted to cover and rehearse for the upcoming Unit 3 exam was there – Barolo, Tuscany, Australia, Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, South Africa, Rioja… Continue reading “Top 10 Wines @ Liberty Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017”

Wine Blown: Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007

Every now and then I start my article with the thought that it would be so cool to be in the epicenter of action, i.e. in the wine region I’m about to describe. Doesn’t every writer strive towards being fully inspired by his/her surroundings and bringing the reader a close to tangible experience? Of course. But hey, an apartment with a sunny view and some imagination is good enough for now. The Rhone Valley will eventually be crossed off the bucket list.

Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 has one hell of a name and if you don’t know even a tad of French, you’re in for some laughs and confused squints. Drinking it is a whole other story. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007”

Wine Blown: Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Theurons 2009

Human psychology is very simple when it comes to wine. If you’ve been told 700 times that Burgundy is Pinot Noir kingdom and found yourself orgasming right into it during a tasting with fellow worshippers, the chances that you’re going to want to bash somebody over the head with a magnum for not complying to your wine gods is rather high. I understand that branding and reputation make up a major part of this business, but personally, when the wine is in front of me, in my living room, paired with loads of peanut butter and popcorn while watching House of Cards, I don’t give a shit. The only thing I care about is the taste and the feeling the liquid delivers (or doesn’t). The latter applies for this wine. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Theurons 2009”