White Asparagus with Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc
White asparagus with Sauvignon Blanc

Two offerings from the legendary Loire Valley vigneron Henri Bourgeois: 2007 Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre Les Baronnes.

This is about as classic as food and wine pairings gets; blatantly simply nonetheless, as any professional chef will tell you, the most satisfying gastronomic pleasures are an invariably a combination of the very best seasonal fresh produce and minimal cooking technique. Ironically, such purity and wholesomeness is frustratingly illusive.

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Two countries, one grape variety
Lunch at the Australia & New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration

Australia and New Zealand both produce first class pinot noir but Curtis Marsh is swayed by a Wellington street party in its honor.

Having recently listed the merits of pinot noir from Victoria, Australia’s stronghold of the variety, it would be remiss not to address the antipodean challenger of New World pinot greatness, New Zealand.

Despite mutual British ancestry and a Commonwealth bond, the two countries are culturally disassociated and intense rivals. To quote the late New Zealand prime minister David Lange “The best thing between New Zealand and Australia is the Tasman Sea.”

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Singapore Beaujolais Nouveau Festival 2010
Singapore Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2010 by Picotin Restaurant & Georges Duboeuf Wines

Picotin Restaurant & Georges Duboeuf Wines – Thursday 18 November 2010

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (New Beaujolais has arrived!)

Every third Thursday of November, France erupts in massive celebration in honor of the unveiling (or should we say uncorking) of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine. Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a young wine (only 6 weeks old) comes from a region south of Burgundy in France.

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Experience PENFOLDS’ Largest Luxury Wine Event
PENFOLDS’ Luxury Wine Event at Singapore

Established in 1844, PENFOLDS has long been cherished by wine lovers worldwide. Join PENFOLDS Wine Ambassador Jane Gibbs, straight from the home of PENFOLDS in the Barossa Valley, Australia, at our second Luxury Wine Lounge Event and enjoy the PENFOLDS experience.

FREE Wine Appreciation Class, The Ultimate PENFOLDS Experience.
5pm, Friday 5 November

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Life & Style Magazine: Personality of the Week
Life & Style Magazine, Malaysia

Curtis Marsh featured as “Personality of the Week” on Life & Style Magazine.

Curtis Marsh is one of the most assiduous and erudite, truly independent wine writers, commentators and presenters in Asia. With nearly 30 years experience in the hospitality, wine and media industries, he has travelled extensively throughout the vineyard regions of the world and the Asia region, with food, travel and culture featuring equally in his commentary.

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New Zealand Pinot Noir Tasting

Pinot Noir Tasting @ The Cellar Door Deli & Wine Café

Wednesday 17th November is a Public Holiday hung uselessly equidistant from its neighboring weekends.

Come & taste some of the Best New Zealand Pinot Noir. From 3-9 pm at The CellarDoor @ VivoCity, we will hold a Pinot Tasting in Tiers –

Each of these include a $10 voucher redeemable against any NZ wine purchase on the day. (Only 1 voucher/bottle)

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Ata Rangi Wine Dinner
Ata Rangi Wines

Some of you are familiar with Ata Rangi, all of you should be. One of the original wineries in Martinborough, set up in the 1980s, Ata Rangi has consistently been justifiably recognized as one of NZ’s very finest producers.  This reputation has been driven by Ata Rangi’s Pinot Noir.

The Estate Pinot Noir is amazingly complex but sacrifices nothing in terms of elegance and femininity in its power and length.  This incredibly high quality however is reflected across everything else they produce – from the lovely refreshing Summer Rose, their luscious Sauvignon Blanc, one of NZ’s most beautiful Chardonnays, and the delightful juicy Pinot Noir – Crimson.

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John Duval Wine Dinner
John Duval winemaker

Two of Australia’s most talented personalities join hands to create an evening of pure inspiration, on 9 November 2010. One of the world’s most celebrated winemaker, John Duval, better known as ex-chief winemaker of Penfolds and brand custodian of the highly-acclaimed Grange will present his very own label – John Duval Wines at a five course wine dinner specially created by, Salt Grill by Luke Mangan.

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Empress Chicken paired with Pieropan Soave Classico 2007
Feathered Fibers by Carla Barrett

A Happy Chook is a Tasty Chook!

There was a time and not that long ago; Singaporeans ate nothing but firm, meaty and flavoursome Kampung chicken. That is the French breed of chicken acquiring the name Kampung, with its orange feathers and black head, commonplace roaming around Malay villages – a true free-range, happy chook.

The Kampung chicken is still around although highly unlikely to be free-range in the Singapore supply chain and presumably a cellmate with the more common battery-reared white feathered hen.

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One hell of a wine workout
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Taste testing the best 2003 Bordeaux at Vinexpo had its pain and its pleasures… Curtis Marsh confesses all.

I recently spent three grueling days tasting at the world’s largest and most significant wine show, Vinexpo, with leading vintners from all over the globe massed at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Vinexpo has been held bi- annually in Bordeaux since 1981, with overseas exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region organized in alternate years.

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