If you’re any kind of wine aficionado, you’d definitely have heard of leading US wine critic Robert Parker and his particular system of scoring and rating wines. 22 November saw Singapore a little bit of Robert Parker – nope, the man didn’t quite swing by Singapore – when Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate launched its inaugural Matter of Taste event at the Singapore Art Museum featuring some of the world’s finest wines in a casual walkabout tasting.
Local oenophiles had the opportunity to experience and taste over 100 wines – with the theme of “Bordeaux blends, Borolo and Barossa” – each of which had been carefully selected by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate team of experts and rated 90 points and above. Visitors to the event got to sample wines from the some of the world’s most iconic vineyards from Bordeaux to Barossa Valley. Experts such as wine critic and RobertParker.com editor-in-chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Louisa Rocca of Bruno Rocca from Italy’s Barbaresco region, Christian Moueix of Bordeaux’s Château Pétrus, and Guy Nussey from Conch Y Toro of Chile were on hand to share their knowledge on those of those wines. Various ticketed masterclasses and pairing dinners were also open to visitors.
“We’ve created Matter of Taste as a heartfelt thank you to our subscribers, the most knowledgeable wine lovers on the planet,” said Singapore-based Lisa Perrotti-Brown, who also happens to holds one of the most respected titles in the wine industry, Master of Wine (of which there are less than 300 in the world). “It’s a way for them to experience world-class wines in an entirely new way while meeting the winemakers and estate owners who craft them.”
“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to welcome new members into the world of Robert Parker. We are particularly excited to kick-off this worldwide series of events in Singapore – a city with a first-rate culinary scene, sophisticated collectors and a rapidly growing base of new wine fans,” she added.
Singapore was the first of various stops for Matter of Taste – the tour was followed by a stop in Kuala Lumpur on 30 November, with London, Hong Kong, and select cities in the United States on the schedule for 2015.