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RPWA Matter of Taste Singapore 2016



  • Featuring iconic wines rated 100 Robert Parker points for the first time in Singapore

  • Save the date: More than 150 wines rated 90 points and above from around the world, including trending Growers’ Champagnes, great Italian classics and rising Austrian stars are available during the seven-hour walkabout tasting on 22 October

SINGAPORE, 14 September 2016 – Global authority and independent consumer’s guide to fine wine, Robert Parker Wine Advocate kicks off its third instalment of Matter of Taste in Singapore this October, featuring over 150 iconic wines rated 90 Robert Parker points and above, including wines rated 100 Robert Parker points for the first time in Master Classes.

Pioneered in Singapore, Matter of Taste brings together iconic wines featured in a walkabout tasting, expert masterclasses and unforgettable wine-pairing dinners hosted by world-renowned winemakers and Wine Advocate Reviewers. This event has 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. The Matter of Taste editions have showcased over 600 wineries since its inception.

A Distinctive Event of its Own

“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. We hope it brings a different dimension to the appreciation of wine and the distinguishing points which make up each RP-rated wine,” says Lisa Perrotti-Brown, editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate.

Celebration of Fine Wine in a Seven-Hour Walkabout Tasting on 22 October

Wine lovers will be able to discover more than 150 iconic wines rated 90 points and above, including Top Growers’ Champagnes recommended by Wine Advocate reviewers, from 11am to 6pm on 22 October for just $143 [or est. USD102] which comes with 1-year personal subscription to Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

Held at The Gallery at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, 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 in Singapore.

For wine lovers who relish the variety they have experienced, special orders can be taken via wine merchants and distributors present at the event.

Masterclass Showcase

Matter of Taste Singapore will play host to a prestigious group of wines through eight Masterclasses, which include three RP100 rated wines. 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.

Key Masterclasses include:

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.

Additional fee is required for Masterclasses, which are priced from $48 to $88 [or USD 28 to USD 65].

Exclusive Series of Wine Dinners

The event will also be celebrated via a series of Wine Dinners featuring different themes that highlight the wines and their inimitable qualities paired with highlights from the local culinary scene in Singapore, some created by Michelin-starred chefs. Leading up to the event, the wine dinner calendar is robust and features an interesting array of wine dinners paired with a refined menu to showcase the elegant wines rated RP90 through to RP100.

The Wine Dinners include: –

Date & Time Details


Showcasing top American produce, prepared by 1 Michelin-star chef Douglas Tay of Osia, paired with iconic wines of Napa Valley

Wine highlights: No less than five wines rated RP96 to RP99 from Kendall-Jackson and Freemark Abbey wineries.

Venue: Fratelli, Hotel Michael, Level 2, Resorts World Sentosa

Price: USD 258, est. SGD361


An upcoming wine region in the world, Portuguese wines are making waves with their hidden treasures in its diversity of terroirs and traditions. This dinner is conducted by David Ferreira of Domaine Mouchao and features an authentic yet vibrant interpretation of Portugal’s best by Boca.

Wine highlights: RP91 and above rated wines from Quinta da Falorca, Quinta do Portal, Kopke, Anselmo Mendes, Dona Maria and Conceito.

Venue: Boca Restaurant, 6 Bukit Pasoh Road

Price: USD 176, est. SGD246


The wines of Tuscany have always been magical, with iconic wines such as the Barolo and Brunello. The wines explored at this dinner range from RP90 to RP100 and is conducted by Wine Advocate Reviewer and an expert in Italian wines, Monica Larner, together with Patrick Lachapelle of Ornellaia and Alessandro Mori of Il Marroneto.

Wine highlights: RP90 to RP100 rated wines from Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Marchesi di Barolo, Pio Cesare and Il Marroneto.

Venue: OSO Ristorante, 46 Bukit Pasoh Road

Price: USD 258, est. SGD361

21 Oct, 7pm


A special feature of wines from Austria and Germany as the wines featured from Pinot Noir, Blaufrenkisch to Gruner Veltliner and Riesling showcase the up-and-coming wine regions. Wine pairing together with the delicate selections at Kacyo, conducted by Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate Reviewer and a leading expert in German and Austrian Wines.

Wine highlights: Markus Molitor, Immich-Batterieberg, Wittman and Moric wines rated RP93 through RP100.


This dinner is a celebration of the finest wines presented by winemakers present and will be free-seating, allowing all guests to share bottles and stories over a good dinner.

Wine highlights: Wines presented at the Walkabout and more

Venue: The Gallery, Grand Hyatt Hotel

Price: USD 184, est. SGD 258

The Matter of Taste series of Wine Dinners will culminate in a grand finale dinner on 22 October after the walkabout at The Gallery at the Grand Hyatt, at USD 184 [est. SGD258] per pax.

Bookings are first-come-first-served. Every dinner ticket is inclusive of the Matter of Taste Singapore walkabout entry and 1-year personal subscription to Robert Parker Wine Advocate worth SGD143 [or est. USD102]

Please note: The wines, menus and speakers indicated are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event that a vintage or wine is not available on the day of the event, all efforts will be made to find an appropriate substitute.

Please note: The exchange rate used to debit your credit card in your local currency is determined by your card service provider and is not determined by Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

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About Robert Parker Wine Advocate

For more than 35 years, The Wine Advocate, and later, has been the global leader and independent consumer’s guide to fine wine. The brand was established by world-famous Robert M. Parker, Jr., the only critic in any field to receive the highest Presidential honour from three countries – France, Italy and Spain. Robert Parker Wine Advocate provides a wealth of information to its subscribers, including a searchable database of more than 300,000 professional wine ratings and reviews plus articles, videos, daily news content, online retail availability and pricing, an active, professionally moderated bulletin board, a mobile app for easy access to the comprehensive online database of reviews, and much more.

In 2016, Robert Parker Wine Advocate partnered with Michelin to launch MICHELIN guides in Singapore and other Asian markets. It provides full support in the form of a digital platform, a series of exclusive dining events and editorial support to increase the footprint of MICHELIN guides in Asia.

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