The Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010 returns and this year, it will take place from 15 October to 15 November 2010. This month-long celebration will showcase the versatility of Austrian reds, whites as well as dessert wines. Over 60 Austrian wines from more than 20 premium wineries – some of which are making its first appearance in Singapore – will be featured at the bigger list of participating restaurants this year.
Testament to the versatility of Austrian wines and their pairing with food, the Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010 will see the participation of some of Singapore’s renowned and new restaurants, such as Les Amis, Brasserie Wolf, Esmirada, Bistro Soori, Fifty Three, Song of India, Bodega YTapas, Angelo’s, The Steakhouse and Warehouse Bistro. Conrad Centennial Hotel, with its four F&B outlets (Golden Peony, Lobby Lounge, Oscar’s and The Terrace), has also come on board as the festival’s partner hotel. These partner restaurants and hotel will be hosting an array of Austrian wine-related activities from carrying a selection of house pours and tasting sets, to wine dinners and wine fairs.
This year, more Austrian gems will be highlighted, with over 60 wines from more than 20 premium wineries like Tement, Markowitsch, T.FX.T, Huber, Johanneshof Reinisch, Tschida, Weninger, FX Pichler, Emmerich Knoll, Weingut Alzinger , Bründlmayer, Gernot Heinrich, Fritz Wieninger, Moric, Hirtzberger, Alinger, Weingut Prager, Paul Auchs, Kollwentz, Rudi Pichler, Erwin Sabathi and Jurtschitsch.
The Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010 will feature specially selected red, white, sweet and sparkling wines available by the bottle ranging from S$45 to S$250; and by the glass as well. For every bottle of Austrian wine sold at the festival, S$1 will be donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
The opening Austrian Wine Festival Opening Dinner on 15 October 2010 at Brasserie Wolf will be a festival highlight as it features an unforgettable evening of Austrian wines and Austrian cuisine prepared by a stellar cast of Singapore-based Austrian chefs. (See more information below).
Austrian Wine Festival Opening Dinner
Venue: Brasserie Wolf (80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, The Pier at Robertson #01-13)
Date and time: 15 October 2010, Friday, 7.30pm
Price: S$125++ per person
Reservations / enquiries: (65) 6735 9098 during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring a fine selection of Austrian wines and authentic Austrian cuisine prepared by a stellar cast of Singapore-based top Austrian chefs – Wolfgang Lapper (Esmirada Group of restaurants), Armin Leitgeb (Les Amis), Karl Dobler (Private Chef, Au Petit Salut Private Dining), Wolfgang Ranner (Executive Chef, Conrad Centennial Singapore) and Gottfried Schuetzenberger (Area Pastry chef, Grand Hyatt Singapore), this multi-course wine dinner will also include a charity auction of top Austrian wines led by Michael Thurner, Wine MBA and CEO of Austria’s Fine Brands. Proceeds for the auction will go to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Well-known Austrian caricaturist, Reini Buhaha, will also specially fly in and entertain guests with his art.
The Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010 events
As Austrian wines are elegant, aromatic, crisp and pure, they are particularly excellent when enjoyed with food. During this promotion from 15 October to 15 November 2010, guests will also have the opportunity to experience how versatile the wines are as they complement a variety of cuisines. Guests may visit the many participating restaurants such as Brasserie Wolf (Classic French), Esmirada Orchard (Mediterranean), Esmirada Chijmes (Mediterranean, Les Amis (Modern French), Fifty Three (Modern French), Angelo’s (Italian), Bistro Soori (Fusion), Song of India (Indian), Bodega Y Tapas (Spanish), The Steakhouse (Western) and Warehouse Bistro (French) – during this period to enjoy an authentic Austrian wine experience paired with stellar cuisine.
Wine lovers can also look forward to a series of highlight events by partner restaurants, such as “An Austrian Experience” wine dinner by Austrian chef Karl Dobler at Au Petit Salut Private Dining. Featuring Austrian dishes such as Venison croquette with chanterelle ragout in a light cream sauce; Homemade pork sausage and beer roasted suckling pig on sauerkraut and beer sauce, the exclusive 24-pax only dinner will be paired with specially selected wines from Austria.
To showcase that Austrian wines can go well with Asian flavours, Singaporean chef Jimmy Chok will be serving up a fusion-style tapas menu every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the festival (for dinner only). In order to offer his customers a variety, the chef will also be changing the wine list as well as the wine dinner menu weekly.
In addition, retail wine partner Bacchus is offering a voucher for every customer who spends above S$300 on selected Austrian wines at the shop. This voucher will entitle the guest a choice of one-time corkage waiver or a complimentary tasting set of four wines at selected partner restaurants (terms and conditions apply).
Updates and information can also be found on Facebook under ‘Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010’. This page will be live on 22 September 2010 and will be a lively resource of Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010 activities, information, contests as well as behind-the-scenes photos.
For the Austrian opening reception, the public can call Alison Teo at (65) 6735 9098 during office hours, or email email@example.com. For events at the respective restaurants, the public can make reservations directly.
Backgrounder on Austrian wines
Austrian wines have received international acclaim over the last few years, especially after the phenomenal blind tasting where a judging panel made up of top sommeliers, international wine journalists and restaurateurs ranked Austrian Grüner Veltliners (a local grape in Austria) above the top French wines (especially white Burgundies). This tasting instantly put Austrian wines in the limelight, and they have since been represented in wine lists in prestigious restaurants owned by top chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Charlie Trotter, Alain Ducasse and Wolfgang Puck.
The majority of Austrian wines are hand-crafted and produced by family-owned wineries. Customers are therefore ensured of styles that are unique to the terroir and philosophy of the wine makers. Many of the wines are also based on indigenous grape varieties. Particularly noteworthy are the country’s fresh and crispy white wines and excellent sweet wines, while gaining prominence are the country’s elegant, medium to full-bodied red wines. Austrian wines also promise value-for-money.
Not only have Austrian wines excited wine lovers overseas, it also made a deep impression with local wine journalists at blind tastings held in Singapore.
Austrian Pinot Noirs showed their impressive top class status at an international blind tasting held in Singapore on August 4th. The tasting, which was organised by Michael Thurner, the former general manager of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, comprised a total of 34 international wines from the vintages 2001-2008. Of these wines, 12 Austrian Pinot Noirs placed amongst the top 20! And the competition was tough: the Austrians successfully triumphed not only over many familiar names from Burgundy, but also over wines from the New World (overseas). The results of this tasting show how much of an impression we’re making on the international stage with our high class red wines,” said an enthusiastic Willi Klinger, the general manager of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board. “For a long time, we were known around the world for our white wines only, but now we are more and more being associated with our world-class red wines as well.”
|Restaurant||Promotion||Wines featured include||Availability||Price|
|Angelo’s||Four-course Austrian wine dinner featuring dishes such as Asparagus salad, Foie gras with quail breast, Wagyu with morel; and Chocolate fondant
Two house pours: Austrian wines
(one each of red and white) available by the glass and bottle; Four Austrian whites and four reds available by the bottle
||15 October to 15 November 2010||S$98++ per person
From S$16++ per glass; S$77++ per bottle
|Au Petit Salut Private Dining||“An Austrian Experience”
Six-course dinner featuring Austrian dishes such as Venison croquette with chanterelle ragout in a light cream sauce; Homemade pork sausage and beer roasted suckling pig on sauerkraut and beer sauce and Pan seared Austrian deer steak with cep mushrooms on light truffle mash potato and red wine sauce
For 2 nights only. Minimum 12 pax and maximum 24 pax reservation.
|22 October and 12 November 2010 only||S$140++ per person|
|Bodega Y Tapas||Tapas menu including items like Seared tuna with marinated tomatoes; Gazpacho; and Homemade foie gras terrine marinated in Pedro Ximenez||
||15 October to 15 November 2010||Choose any four tapas and three wines at S$55++ per person|
|Bistro Soori||Five-course dinner featuring dishes such as Torch tuna loin, soy yuzu glaze, avruga roe, spring onion; Slow cooked salmon, konbu crust, fennel salad; Laksa leaf infused fish nage, chicken shrimp dumplings; Braised dark soy pork belly, truffle mashed, poached egg, grilled Chinese leeks; Coconut jelly, gula melaka, sago
* Wine dinner menu will change weekly
Tapas menu paired with Austrian wines. Items include Iberico ham, Szechuan pepper dust; Confit of potato, Sambal Terasi; Braised Lamb Shank with Man Tow
*Tapas menu available only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For lunch only.
|15 October to 15 November 2010
|S$100++ per person for wine dinner;|
|Brasserie WOLF||Three-course dinner featuring dishes such Half dozen Burgundy snails in garlic butter; Beef Bourguignon, bacon, baby onions, mushrooms and Platter of nougat glace, apple strudel, chocolate mousse||
||15 October to 15 November 2010||S$99++ per person|
|Esmirada at Chijmes
Esmirada at Orchard
|Three-course dinner featuring dishes such as Mozzarella with smoked salmon; Grilled lamb cutlets; and Honeyed mixed fruit salad||
||15 October to 15 November 2010||S$75++ per person|
|Les Amis||Five-course dinner featuring dishes such as Crispy fried veal head, lamb’s lettuce and tomato-basil vinaigrette;
Pan seared pike perch
root vegetables and horseradish infused broth;
Potatoes sautéed with onions, ”Speck”, herbs,
“boudin noir” and sunny side up quail egg; and
Braised Beef Shoulder; steamed bread dumplings, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts
||20 Oct only||S$220++ per person|
|Song of India||Four-course dinner featuring dishes such as Mustard-chilli infused spatchcock chargrilled in tandoor with avocado garbanzo chat; Tandoor grilled lamb chop with ginger enhanced jus, coriander and garlic tossed mushrooms, saffron rice, warm naan basket; and Lentil shorba laced with truffle oil||
||15 October to 15 November 2010||S$110++ per person|
|The Steakhouse||Three-course dinner featuring dishes such as Tiger prawn cocktail; Charcoal Grilled Angus Sirloin (200g)
with mushroom sauce; and Steamed banana with hot scotch
||15 October to 15 November 2010||S$150++ per person|
|Warehouse Bistro||Three-course dinner featuring dishes such as Beef consommé with pancake julienne and fresh chives; Slow cooked beef with apple horseradish, creamed spinach and roasted potato; and Homemade apple strudel served with hazelnuts and warm vanilla sauce||
||15 October to 15 November 2010||S$110++ per person|
Austrian Wine Festival Highlights
FACT SHEET – Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010
Promotion period: 15 October – 15 November 2010
Participating restaurants/ retail outlets:
111 Killiney Road. Tel: (65) 6732 5113
“An Evening with Angelo Sanelli”, 19th Oct 2010, $98++/pax
Bacchus Paragon (participating retail outlet)
290 Orchard Road, Paragon, #B1-13, Singapore 238859
Telephone: (65) 67344844 Fax: 67344803
2 Teck Lim Road. Tel: (65) 6438 3802 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Fusion Flavours” Wine Dinner, 28th Oct 2010, $100++/pax
Bodega Y Tapas
442 Orchard Road, #01-29 Orchard Hotel. Tel: (65) 6735 3476 | Email: email@example.com
80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, The Pier at Robertson, #01-13. Tel: (65) 6835 7818 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
442 Orchard Road, Orchard Hotel, #01-29. Tel: (65) 6735 3476 | Email: email@example.com
30 Victoria Street, #01-17 Chijmes. Tel: (65) 6336 3684 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Scotts Road, #02-16 Shaw Centre. Tel: (65) 6733 2225 | Email: email@example.com
Wine Dinner (see menu above), 20th Oct 2010, $220++/pax
“The ‘Simply Black’ Wine Lunch”, 23rd Oct 2010, $120++/pax
Au Petit Salut Private Dining
40C Harding Road, level 2 Tel: (65) 6475 1976 | firstname.lastname@example.org
“An Austrian Experience” , 22nd Oct 2010, $140++/pax
“An Austrian Experience” , 12th Nov 2010, $140++/pax
(for two nights only. A minimum booking of 12 pax is required for each dinner. A maximum of 24 reservations will be accepted per night).
Song of India
33 Scotts Road. Tel: (65) 6836 0055 | Email: email@example.com
“A Journey Around India: With Austrian Wines”, 30th Oct 2010, $110++/pax
3B River Valley Road, #01-14 Clarke Quay. Tel: (65) 6332 1010 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3E River Valley Road, #01-02 Clarke Quay. Tel: (65) 6337 5585 | Email: email@example.com
Appointed Producer: FoodCult Pte Ltd
A think-tank for the F&B, FoodCult Pte Ltd is a specialist in conceiving, incubating and strategising concepts relating to the world of dining and wining. For the Austrian Wine Festival (Singapore) 2010, the team spearheaded an Austrian Wine promotion and expanded it into a full-fledged festival with the participation of at least 9 restaurants of various cuisine types, as well as retail outlets. FoodCult was also the F&B curator for the APEC 2009 world leader’s dinner, where they oversaw every detail of the dinner experience for the VIPs, who included President of the USA, Barack Obama. Coincidentally, wine from FX Pichler, an Austrian winery, was served during the dinner.
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