In November, the best wines of the world will be honoured

From October 28th to November 1st

From 28 October to 1 November, Singapore will be the epicenter of the second edition of the Wine Pinnacle Awards, which brings together the key protagonists of the world’s wine industry, to distinguish the best wines. The program also includes Masterclasses and Symposium by prominent professionals and exclusive wine and dine experiences with renowned chefs. Follow the updates of the most important wine award of the world through Revista AIRE. Read spanish version

The second edition of the Wine Pinnacle Awards was long-expected, given the global pause that all big events in the world suffered because of the pandemic. However, with the ceremony being confirmed, there are huge expectations, and the occasion promises to be the most anticipated wine event of the year in Southeast Asia. Once more, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is the place where all the planned activities of the Wine Pinnacle Awards’ schedule will take place, proving that it is one of the main gastronomic destinations for bon vivants and wine lovers in Singapore.

This wine award is unique in the world: it is based on a nomination system, in charge is a jury of sixty one experts from eighteen countries, especially selected for their wide experience and profound level of expertise. It includes renowned Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and premier critics. In addition to that, the award takes into consideration wines from all regions, without restrictions on origin, and without the need for samples or an entry fee to participate. The “engineering” of this pioneer award is grounded in its Technical Committee, comprised of five world acclaimed wine experts, who are responsible for setting the prize categories, summoning the members of the jury and supervising the nomination process, to guarantee that it is centered on diversity, quality and merit. The five members of the Technical Committee are Jeannie Cho Lee (Hong Kong)—the first Asian Master of Wine—; Andreas Larsson (Sweden); Doug Frost (United States); Kenichi Ohashi (Japan) and Oz Clarke (United Kingdom).

The members of the WPA Technical Committee: Oz Clarke, Kenichi Ohashi, Andreas Larsson, Jeannie Cho Lee and Doug Frost.

 

“Every jury nominates the wines they tasted and liked the best during their travels around the world. For a wine to be nominated, it has to be widely recognized and prestigious”, explains sommelier María Laura Ortiz, Director of Winifera and the only Argentinian member of the jury which will select the winners.

Jeannie Cho Lee, Wine Pinnacle Awards Technical Committee Chairwoman, commented: “Participating in the creation of the inaugural awards and its ground-breaking platform is truly an extraordinary experience.” “I am honored to continue the search for the most deserving wine producers and wines in the second edition of the awards, with its refreshed program and brand-new categories,” she added.

The second edition of the Wine Pinnacle Awards includes eighteen categories, with the three top nominees acknowledged. Every category has been meticulously defined to recognize the best wines without the conventional restrictions which characterize other contests. Ready to drink ‘Mature Wines’, ‘Best Recent Releases’, ‘Comfort Wines’, ‘Pandemic Hero’ and ‘Best Friend of the Earth’ are the main categories of the award. “We’ve spread the net wider this year and are on the lookout for budget-priced wines, as well as rewarding the wineries that are making the greatest effort with sustainability. We have also highlighted individuals who we believe have made a particular effort to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained Technical Committee member and wine expert Oz Clarke, about the nominees for the second edition of the Wine Pinnacle Awards.

The place where the Wine Pinnacle Awards will be held in Singapore: Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

 

The program for the Wine Pinnacle Awards is more than promising. Wine lovers will be able to enjoy the Masterclasses, where the five members of the Technical Committee—will lead interesting conversations for potential investors, featuring “hidden gems” of the wine world, like Henschke, Maison M. Chapoutier, Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Tempos Vega Sicilia and wines from Saint-Emilion – Pomerol – Fronsac. It will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to delve into the stories behind every label and learn about wine investments in Asia along with market leaders. 

When it comes to memorable dining experiences, few are as luxurious and extraordinary as the ones to be enjoyed by participants of the Wine Pinnacle Awards. The resort will be the host to magnificent lunches and dinners, where wine pairing will be the main attraction. There will be special lunches with vintages from Maison Champagne Salon, Maison Champagne Delamotte and Penfolds; and also bespoke dinners featuring vintages from prestigious wineries such as Château Angélus, Château Margaux, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Maison M. Chapoutier. The chefs in charge will be Guillaume Galliot (3 Michelin stars, Caprice Hong Kong); Olivier Bellin (2 Michelin stars, L’Auberge des Glazicks); Thomas Groot (1 Michelin star, table65); Scott Webster (Osia Steak and Seafood Grill); Arnaud Dunand Sauthier (Bangkok); and Cedric Vongerichten (New York).

Olivier Bellin (2 Michelin stars, L’Auberge des Glazicks), one of the chefs at the Wine Pinnacle Awards.

On 29 October and 1 November, the Symposium will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about the future of the wine industry, discussing key topics, like the new areas of economic growth and the impact of climate change on wine. Also, there will be panel discussions led by world specialists who will share their expertise, assisting leaders in positioning their businesses within contemporary market trends. Some of the speakers will be Karen MacNeil (author, journalist, wine educator and consultant); Prue Henschke (head of Henschke); Jamie Ritchie (Global Chairman of Sotheby’s Wine); Augustin Missoffe (Managing Director in Asia Pacific for SOPEXA); Kenichi Ohashi (Master of Wine & President of Yamajin Co.); and Oz Clarke (leading wine writer).  

The ballroom of the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) where the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held.

 

To end these five days dedicated to the world of wine, the Wine Pinnacle Awards Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony will be held on 1 November, in the Resorts World Ballroom. The evening will gather wine industry experts and prominent figures from around the world. 

For the latest news about the event, please visit: www.winepinnacle.com

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NOMINATED WINES – WINE PINNACLE AWARDS 2022:

 

MATURE WINES CATEGORY:

 

Best 2002, 2004, 2008 Vintage Champagne 
– 2002 Krug, Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 
– 2002 Salon, Cuvée ‘S’ Le Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 
– 2008 Louis Roederer, Cristal Millésimé Brut 

 

Best 1999, 2002 Vintage Burgundy Red 
– 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole 
– 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 
– 2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole 

 

Best 1996, 1998, 2000 Vintage Bordeaux Red 
– 1996 Château Latour 
– 1998 Château Cheval Blanc 
– 2000 Château Haut-Brion 

 

Best 2001, 2004 Vintage Piedmont Red 
– 2001 Bruno Giacosa, Falletto Riserva, Falleto Vigna Le Rocche Barolo DOCG  
– 2001 Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino Barolo Riserva DOCG  
– 2004 Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino Barolo Riserva DOCG  

 

Best 2004, 2006 Vintage Tuscan Red 
– 2004 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri 
– 2006 Masseto 
– 2006 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri 

 

BEST RECENT RELEASES CATEGORY:

 

Best Recent Release: Sauvignon-Blanc 
– 2018 Château Margaux, Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France 
– 2018 Didier Dagueneau, Pouilly-Fumé Silex, Loire, France 
– 2019 Château Margaux, Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France

 

Best Recent Release: Riesling  
– 2018 F.E. Trimbach, Clos Sainte Hune Riesling, Alsace, France 
– 2018 Egon Müller, Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany 
– 2019, Joh. Jos. Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany 

 

Best Recent Release: Burgundy White 
– 2016 Domaine Coche-Dury, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru  
– 2018 Domaine Leflaive, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 
– 2019 Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 

 

Best Recent Release: Chardonnay (ex-Burgundy) 
– 2018 Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia 
– 2018 Cullen, Kevin John Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia 
– 2019 Kumeu River, Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Auckland, New Zealand 

 

Best Recent Release: Cabernet Sauvignon  
– 2016 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, Bolgheri, Italy 
– 2018 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA 
– 2019 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA 

 

Best Recent Release: Pinot Noir (ex-Burgundy) 
– 2018 Ata Rangi, Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand 
– 2018 Tolpuddle Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia 
– 2019 By Farr, Farrside Pinot Noir, Geelong, Australia 

 

Best Recent Release: Rhone Red 
– 2016 Château Rayas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France 
– 2016 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, France 
– 2017 E. Guigal, Côte-Rôtie, La Landonne, France 

 

Best Recent Release: Spanish Red 
– 2010 Vega Sicilia, Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain 
– 2018 Pingus, Dominio de Pingus, Ribera del Duero, Spain
– Vega Sicilia, Unico Reserva Especial Release 2021 (2009, 2010, 2010 vintages), Ribera del Duero, Spain 

 

COMFORT WINES CATEGORY:

 

Comfort White < 40 Euros  
– 2018, Joh. Jos. Prüm, Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett, Mosel, Germany 
– 2018 Joh. Jos. Prüm, Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany 
– 2019 Joh. Jos. Prüm, Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany 

 

Comfort Red < 40 Euros 
– 2019 Domaine Jean Foillard, Morgon, Beaujolais, France 
– 2019 Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Morgon, Beaujolais, France 
– 2020 Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Morgon, Beaujolais, France

 

Comfort Rosé < 40 Euros 
– 2020 Domaine Tempier, Bandol Rosé, Bandol, France 
– 2020 Château Miraval, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Provence, France 
– 2020 Château d’Esclans, Whispering Angel Rosé, Provence, France 

 

BEST FRIEND OF THE EARTH CATEGORY:
Best Friend Of The Earth (Winery)
– Bodegas Torres, Penedès, Spain 
– Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France 
– Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace, France 

 

PANDEMIC HERO CATEGORY (PERSONALITY): 
– Special award to be revealed on the day of the Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony, selected by the Technical Committee.
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