Drink Up! The 2020 Matter Of Taste Event By The Wine Advocate Will Be In Singapore This February
It’s dubbed a Matter of Taste for a good reason, but if there’s one thing that imbibers will all agree they love most about the event it is the opportunity to sample over 200 top wines, rated from 90 to 100 Robert Parker points, at the event’s Grand Walkabout Tasting, masterclasses and wine dinners this year.
As part of its continuing global series, which will include stints in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Zurich, among other key cities this year, the Singapore leg returns to the Regent Singapore on February 28 and 29 for its sixth edition.
Fans of the event have had to wait a little longer than before as the last edition was in August 2018. Like before, though, the Grand Walkabout Tasting on the second day promises to be a showcase of some of the finest pours from the new and old world, coupled with the opportunity to meet and learn from The Wine Advocate reviewers, such as Monica Larner, who covers Italian wines, and Joe Czerwinski, the reviewer for the wines of Australia, New Zealand, Rhône and the South of France.
They will also be able to glean precious insights into these winning wineries and even a few fun stories from the winemakers who are just as excited to be here. "Taking part in Matter Of Taste is an experience that we always find enriching," affirms Alessandro Mori, winemaker and owner of Il Marroneto. "For this reason, we always try to be present at these events, where we have the possibility to tell passionate and knowledgeable wine lovers, as well as trade experts, all about our company."
Perhaps more familiar are names like Château Ducru-Beaucaillou and Le Dome from Saint Emilion—the former’s 2009 vintage garnered RP98 points while the latter’s 2016 Grand Cru was awarded a close-to-perfect score of RP99 points. Both will be featured at the afternoon tasting, alongside other prized vintages, such as the Continuum Proprietary Red 2016 (RP99), the Vinedo Chadwick 2017 (RP96) and Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2016 (RP98). But do also look out for older vintages the likes of López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva 2007 (RP96) and the Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva “La Storica” 1998 (RP97).
Speaking of prized Brunellos, the first masterclass of the day will cast the spotlight on the top releases from Brunello di Montalcino, starring some of the most impressive performers of blockbuster vintages handpicked by Larner. She will also be talking about the future of Super Tuscans in another class with the help of some fine wines from the feted region. Another notable opportunity is the invitation to learn more about the pioneering French winemaking stars in Australia.
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Capping off a day of tastings is the event’s perennial BYOB Grand Finale Dinner, where participating merchants and visiting winemakers attending the dinner will showcase some of their preferred wines. Of course, guests are also encouraged bring their own wines to share with other guests, as they feasts on the 15-course dinner prepared by the hotel.
In the hopes of perhaps making more of the featured wines more readily available in Singapore, two exclusive sessions for winemakers, importers and distributors to network and present their wines to sommeliers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and F&B directors have been organised. The Networking Aperitif will be held on February 28, followed by the debut of the event’s first-ever MOT Pro networking platform for invited wine professionals that will launch at the Singapore and Zurich editions.
"Matter of Taste Singapore has received over the years an increasing interest to participate from wineries not yet distributed in the Singapore market," says Robert Parker Wine Advocate's Director, Business Development & Communication, Patrick Sauze. He adds how they are also noticing more well-known sommeliers and restaurant owners attending the event. "It's clear that professionals and not just wine lovers were taking an interest in the event, and that's why we have decided to organise special activities dedicated to them," he tells.
More details on the Matter of Taste events and purchasing tickets are available via its official website.
*Editor's note: The Matter of Taste Singapore 2020 event at Regent Hotel Singapore has been deferred to a later date. Refer to the official website for the latest update.