Inaugural ‘Wine Pinnacle Awards 2019’ to take place in Singapore

The ‘Wine Pinnacle Awards’ will take place in Singapore this October, rewarding a number of wines and wine trade figures for excellence in their particular fields.

“Wine Pinnacle Awards 2019” is the first-ever nomination-based recognition of top wines of the world that have been chosen without the need for sample submissions or entry fees. Judged solely on the quality and consistency of the wines, the independent expert jury casts their votes via a secure online ballot. The awards will recognise 24 wines – with an overall ‘Grand Jury Award’ to be chosen from among the winners – and three talented wine professionals.

The award brings together a panel of over 80 top wine professionals, who work as Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, wine influencers and sommeliers from top fine dining restaurants in the United Kingdom, US, Europe and Asia Pacific. They nominate wines of their choice without restrictions on origin.

The five-member committee, comprised of internationally renowned wine experts namely; Jeannie Cho Lee MW (Hong Kong), Kenichi Ohashi MW (Japan), Doug Frost MW (US), Oz Clarke (UK) and Andreas Larsson (Sweden), oversee the nomination process and will aim to honour a broad spectrum of wines including those which tend to fall under the radar of competitions.

The extensive category list ranges from mature wines that are ready to drink, such as ‘Best Bordeaux Wine from 1996’ and ‘Best 2002 Vintage Champagne’, to ‘Best Organic/Natural Wine of the Year’ and ‘Best Chinese Red’, as well as discovering ‘hidden treasures’ that are currently under-appreciated or under-valued.

The top five nominees in each category were already announced last month and include a number of distinguished names. In the category of ‘Black Swan of the Year’, the list at the moment includes Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah from California and Gravner’s Anfora Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT.

The ‘Best Chinese Red’ category – where nominees include Ao Yun, Grace Vineyard, Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Helan Qing Xue, Jia Bei Lan Dry Red, Silver Heights, Emma’s Reserve and Silver Heights, The Summit – shows an improving standard in the quality of Chinese wines.

The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on 10 October 2019 in Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. An assortment of top-notch wines voted for by the judging panel will be presented at the black-tie event, where luminaries of the wine world from across the globe will be in attendance.

Normandy native Nicolas Masse of two Michelin-starred La Grand’Vigne will helm the six-course menu, which is going to be paired with wines from Château Smith Haut-Lafitte as well as nominees of the awards.

The Wine Pinnacle Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will also kick off The Great Wine & Dine Festival, a three-day celebration of food and wine. The awards platform aims to generate excitement all round Southeast Asia and connect oenophiles in the wine community.

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