Wine authority Robert Parker Wine Advocate will be kicking off the third instalment of its signature wine event Matter of Taste in Singapore on Saturday 22 October 2016 from 11am to 6pm at The Gallery in Grand Hyatt Singapore.
This wine tasting event features an epic seven-hour walkabout tasting showcasing over 150 iconic wines rated 90 Robert Parker points and above, complete with expert masterclasses and a series of wine pairing dinners hosted by world-renowned winemakers and Wine Advocate reviewers.
Wine experts, growers and world-renowned wine personalities such as Monica Larner, Wine Advocate Reviewer and expert in Italian wines and Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate Reviewer and German/Austrian wine and Champagne expert, will be on-site to share insights onto the wines presented as well as industry product knowledge from the walkabout event. Some of the wineries such as Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia, Il Marroneto, Marchesi di Barolo, Schäfer-Fröhlich, Rudi Pichler and Markus Molitor will specially fly in their wines to be showcased for the first time in this Singapore event, giving the opportunity for wine tastings in a rare showcase of such diversity here.
Two of the most highly-rated wines available during the walkabout are the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (RP99) and the 2013 Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Auslese sweet (RP97).
Matter of Taste was actually pioneered in Singapore, and has since covered over 1,800 fine wines in nine cities in the past two years, including New York City, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong and soon in Zurich, Switzerland.
“Matter of Taste has come into its own and in its third edition, we have already hosted similar wine events in cities from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Chicago, Miami, Manila, San Francisco, London and New York. This year, we are proud to present some of the world’s most exceptional wines, rated RP90 and above, some together with their winemakers and share this experience with wine-lovers in Singapore through the walkabout as well as in the series of Masterclasses and dinners planned,” says Lisa Perrotti-Brown, editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate.
“We hope it brings a different dimension to the appreciation of wine and the distinguishing points which make up each RP-rated wine,” she adds.
The Robert Parker Wine Advocate Matter of Taste walkabout tasting costs $143 per person, and comes with a one-year subscription to Robert Parker Wine Advocate. You can purchase your tickets here.
There will be a series of masterclasses as part of Matter of Taste that will feature different groups of prestigious wines including three that are rated RP100. These masterclasses will be conducted by international wine reviewers from Germany and the United States, Stephan Reinhardt and Monica Larner. Reinhardt is an expert in Austrian and German wines as well as champagnes, while Larner holds her own with expertise in the fine art of Italian wine.
Tenors of Brunellos – This masterclass features a blockbuster line-up of 11 Brunellos, which include no less than two RP100 pointers and seven wines, which passed the RP96 mark.
Gems of Barolos – A masterclass where classics amongst classics are showcased. Iconic names get featured while one experiences the depth and complexity with which these wines and grow into with time.
Austrian Mosaic – This masterclass illustrates the Austrian vineyard and its scope of terroirs and varietals which give Austrian wines its name for being one of the most exciting and gives the most variety amongst “cool climate” wines.
Tuscan Classics – This session highlights the quintessence of Tuscan gastronomy – Chianti Classico.
Drops of Gold – Referring to the Trockenbeerenauslese and the late harvest wines from wine regions in Germany and Austria, these “drops of gold” take great effort to produce due to their high concentration, sweetness and complex taste. Their complexity makes them rare as production quantities are limited and because they age well, these Drops of Gold are highly valued by collectors.
Mt Etna and Sicilian Wines – Sicily’s active volcano, Mt Etna, has been enjoying some fame of late and sets the stage for one of Italy’s up-and-coming regions. This masterclass will feature tastings from wineries around a volcano on the verge.
Growers’ Champagnes – With renowned names like Tarlant and Selosse, the class will touch on how Champagne growers have been dedicated to their vineyards and with the rising demand for crafted Champagnes, seeing a trend for Growers’ Champagnes. These Champagnes display a distinctive style that is stirring up the traditional wine industry.
These are paid masterclasses, with fees priced from $48 to $88. You can book your spots here.
The event will also be celebrated via a series of wine dinners on Friday 20 October 2016 to Sunday 22 October 2016 featuring different themes that showcase the wines and their inimitable qualities paired with highlights from the local culinary scene in Singapore, some created by Michelin-starred chefs.
You can find the list of affiliated wine dinners and book a spot here.