Wine authority Robert Parker Wine Advocate will be kicking off the fourth instalment of its signature wine event Matter of Taste in Singapore on Saturday 21 October 2017 from 11am to 4.20pm at Grand Hyatt Singapore.
This wine tasting event features a walkabout tasting showcasing over 150 iconic wines rated 90 Robert Parker (RP) points and above – including a number rated RP100 – complete with expert masterclasses and a series of wine pairing dinners hosted by world-renowned winemakers and Wine Advocate reviewers. In past years, the event has featured over 1,800 fine wines in nine cities, including New York City, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Zurich. The Matter of Taste editions have showcased over 600 wineries since inception.
This year’s edition will focus on Bordeaux and Bordeaux varietals, providing wine connoisseurs and sommeliers the opportunity to compare the styles of great cabernets-merlots from renowned Bordeaux classified growths; Napa Valley’s cult Cabernets and South American challengers; top Sauvignons from the Loire Valley to Stellenbosch, Marlborough to Austria; and many more. Wine experts, winemakers and renowned wine personalities such as Wine Advocate critic Joe Czervinski will be on hand to share insights on the wines.
This event costs $138 nett, and includes a one-year subscription to Robert Parker Wine Advocate (worth US$99). You can purchase your tickets here.
The event will also play host to will be a series of exclusive wine tasting masterclasses on 21 October, offering guests the opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge of more varieties, styles and wine regions. These masterclasses will be conducted by winemakers from established wineries as well as international wine reviewer Joe Czervinski, who will touch on the regions of the Rhône Valley (north and south), Languedoc-Roussillon, Australia and New Zealand.
The paid masterclasses include:
Cabernet Rock Stars and Dandies (Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 10.00am to 11.am, $88)
A great opportunity to experience the greatness of Cabernet Sauvignon interpreted by the rock stars and the dandies! Far from having only two schools of styles, there are more to explore and understand here, including the notion of “classics” among the rock stars.
Tua Rita & the Summit of Italian Merlot (Stefano Frascolla, Tua Rita, 11.45aam to 12.45am, $128)
Lovers of “Super Tuscans” will be delighted with a vertical of Tua Rita that defies gravity, featuring RP94 to RP98 selections from this Italian vineyard that produces one of the best merlots in the world.
The Bad Boy is Back (Jean-Luc Thunevin, Chateau Valandraud, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, $138)
Renowned Bordeaux winemaker Jean-Luc Thunevin will walk the guests through eight vintages and unveil the story of what started as a “garage wine”, from its iconoclastic debut to its grand cru classification and establishment in the top league of Bordeaux’s right bank.
Around the World in 10 Sauvignons (Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 3.15pm to 4.15pm, $68)
Embark on a journey from the Loire Valley to Stellenbosch, Friuli, Marlborough, Napa, Sonoma,Chile’s Maule Valley & Limari Valley and Austria’s Sudsteiermark. This masterclass will unveil styles as diverse as the vineyards and landscapes these wines come from, and reveal the hallmark of each of these renowned producers.
These masterclasses are only available for Matter Of Taste ticket holders. You can book your spots here.
Join the winemaker’s table at this Grande Finale Dinner that evening at 7pm at the Grand Residence Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Singapore, which offers guests the opportunity to rub shoulders and enjoy outstanding bottles with some of the world’s best winemakers, wine critics and importers. This dinner is a celebration of the finest wines and will be free seating, allowing all guests to share bottles and stories over a good dinner. This dinner is priced separately at $258, and tickets can be purchased here.