SOURCE: Hermitage Wines; The Wandering Palate

Hermitage Wines; The Wandering Palate

February 28, 2011 04:43 ET

Burghound in Asia: Unrivalled Passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - Hermitage Wines together with The Wandering Palate are organizing BURGHOUND IN ASIA: Unrivalled Passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, a spectacular event that brings together the worlds of fine wine. This is the most significant and strategic wine event in Asia for 2011. Whilst applauding Allen Meadow's dedication to burgundy, and his newly minted book, "The Pearl of the Côte," it is essentially a celebration of chardonnay and pinot noir from all over the globe and an opportunity to showcase wines in the most exciting and fast-developing wine market in the world. The event will be held at the St. Regis Singapore Hotel from the 8-10 April 2011.

Asia's fine-wine trade has boomed vibrantly in the last few years. Noted by prolific wine critics globally, more and more wine lovers in Asia are realising that tough, tannic red Bordeaux may not be the ideal wine for its sultry climate. However, red burgundies and Pinot Noir in general, are increasingly appreciated. Singapore's strategic location, being in close proximity to the ASEAN countries, servicing South Asia as well as Australasian region, and cohesively interlinked with Hong Kong and Mainland China, makes it the most centrally located wine hub in Southeast.

In conjunction with this event, Allen Meadow's newly released book, "The Pearl of the Côte" will be celebrated. Released in July 2010, Allen Meadow's first published book is a 350-page expedition through Vosne-Romanée. Meadow will guide the reader through each of the grands and premier crus, with a rich and fascinating historical coverage and detail, even Burgundy novices will reap pivotal knowledge. This beautifully crafted masterpiece includes original and detailed maps of the vineyards as well as vividly artistic photographs that make one feel as if he or she is walking through the vineyards alongside the author.

A series of wine and master classes will be held over a 3-day:

Friday 8th April, 2011 --

  • Lunch -- Master Class
    Allen Meadows will present the wines from two outstanding burgundy producers -- Domaine Leflaive (white) and Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair (red) paired to Asian cuisine. This luncheon is ideal for the burgundy enthusiast with a thirst for more intimate knowledge of these outstanding, benchmark producers.
    12 - 2 pm, Iggy's, The Hilton Hotel (Singapore)

  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti vs. the World Blind Pinot Noir Tasting
    This is a unique opportunity for wine enthusiasts to participate/taste alongside international journalists and wine professionals, benefiting from their experience and general discussion which will make for a very interactive exercise for all concerned. Sitting at tables of nine people, three brackets of five world-benchmark pinot noirs will be served blind, with professionals scoring the wines on a 100 point scale and the consumer rating by preference. It will be the most fascinating if not educating wine event held in Asia and no doubt topical for some time.
    5 - 6:30 pm, Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore

  • A World of Pinot Noir Dinner
    Following a palate-freshening intermission, we continue the pinot noir theme with a fun and enlightening evening exploring the diversity of pinot noir, again with all wines served blind -- to make the exercise all the more exciting -- paired to pinot-friendly dishes. We will also serve one of the brackets from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti tasting along with three additional brackets of five pinot noir from all over the world -- indeed 20 great pinot noirs to discover! This will be a more casual affair with preferences noted and wines revealed after each bracket for discussion making for a most interactive and enlightening evening.
    8 - 11 pm, Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore

Saturday 9th April, 2011 --

  • Unrivalled Passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay -- Grand Tasting
    A full day walk-around tasting interacting with over 200 top artisan pinot noir, chardonnay, champagne and sparkling wines from all over the world; an unparalleled event that is aimed to attract over 1000 wine enthusiasts from all over Asia.
    10am - 5pm, John Jacob Ballroom, The St. Regis Singapore

  • Unrivalled Passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay -- A Series of Master Classes
    A comprehensive master class program conducted by individual artisan vignerons and internationally renowned wine journalists with exclusive verticals and regional tastings.

    • Two exclusive master classes on "The Pearl of the Côte"
      Conducted by Allen Meadows, these exclusive Master Classes are dedicated to the great burgundy wines and his book; one on "Domaine Ponsot and Domaine Leflaive" (white wines) and the second one on "Domaine Pierre Morey and Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair" (red wines)

  • Book Signing by Allen Meadows
    Allen Meadows discusses his new book and conducts a Master Class on his favourite Burgundy Producers.

  • 'The Pearl' Dinner
    Hosted by Allen Meadows, this dinner is the highlight of our event.
    This exclusive premier event will be an intimate and most informative dinner serving high-calibre wines including older vintages from Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Pierre Morey, Domaine Armand Rousseau and Domaine Ponsot. The focus will be Allen Meadows new book, "The Pearl of the Côte - the Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée;" to which guests will be able to purchase personally signed copies.
    7 pm Cocktail, followed by 7:30 - 10:30 pm Dinner, Saint-Pierre Restaurant (Singapore)

Sunday 10th April, 2011 --

  • Champagne and Dim Sum brunch
    A relaxed yet enlightening lunch hosted by Allen Meadows, pairing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cuvees from Champagne and take in sparkling wines from around the world.
    10am - 12pm, Functional Room, The St. Regis Singapore

Some of the wineries that will be present at the event include:

Featured
Domaine Ponsot
Domaine Leflaive
Meo Camuzet
Domaine Dujac
Domaine Francois Raveneau
Domaine Comte Armand
Domaine Armand Rousseau
Domaine Claude Dugat
Domaine Comte Liger Belair
Domaine Alex Gambal
Domaine Thibault Liger Belair
Emmnual Roget
Robert Arnoux
Pascal Lachaux
Ramonet

Participating
Chateau de La Tour
Bass Philip
Domaine Serene
Maison Joseph Drouhin
Tenuta Mazzolino
Calera
Felton Road
Domaine Leroy
Seresin Estate
Markowitsch
Johanneshof Reinisch
Wieninger
Velich
Tement
Te Mata
Schubert
Stonier
Joseph Phelps
Torres
Flowers Vineyard & Winery
Keller Estate
Carlei Estate Wines
Tarrawarra Estate
Moondarra
Palliser Estate Wines
Quartz Reef
Lion Nathan Wine
Felton Road
Pegasus Bay Winery
Two Paddocks
Gembrook Hill Vineyard

For more information, please visit www.burghoundinasia.com.

About Hermitage Wines

Hermitage Wines has been successfully positioned on the Singapore market since 2002, through its expertise in wine broking, retail sales, and the hosting of fine wine tasting events. The company has established a reputation across the corporate sector in Singapore, as a retailer of high-quality wines, events, and related services.

Hermitage Wines host yearly large scale events attracting a guest list of fine wine drinkers and apparitional connoisseurs in Singapore and the broader Asia region. This vision and determination underpinned the unparalleled success of Hermitages 'Ultimate Parker in Asia' event in May 2010, with over 100 participating wineries and some 1600 wine enthusiasts attending this 2 days event.

Hermitage wines bring the best wine selections from around the world to satisfy our customers' tastes and preferences, while broadening their palettes and expectations: www.hermitagewine.com

About Curtis Marsh -- The Wandering Palate

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