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The Drinking Market have a physical location now!

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Hey peeps!

It’s been a long Long LONG LONG time since i’ve updated the space. Yes i know!

I do apologise for it:(

Now, that’s because we’ve been really busy setting-up the first every Brick & Motar shop by The Drinking Market!

A Thai Kitchen + Bar concept, we have finally launched our very first neighbourhood Thai Kitchen + Bar at the charming area of Katong.

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Placing the emphasis as a neighbourhood Thai Kitchen + Bar, we made sure prices are set affordable and wallet-friendly!

Yes, all our items in the food menu are $10 or below and our prices are ALL nett!

With no Service Charge or GST, we aim to be one of the most wallet and people friendly location for all to be in!

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Introducing you to our whole list of Authentic Thai Food prepared by our Thai Chefs who have been working in Singapore for the past 20 years and counting!

You can’t get more Thai then this mates!

Wanna know more about us?

Check us out on our Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/thedrinkingmarket

See you here real soon!

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Add: 226 East Coast Road. Singapore 428923

Call us: 64408939

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday

12.30pm – 11.30pm

(Last order for food at 10.20pm)

 

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Serving up the Finest Wines up above 40,000 feet

Traveling on Emirates should be about a Total Experience. Like a “jigsaw puzzle”, from the moment the chauffeur pick you up from your hotel, to the checking-in process, right up to boarding the plane and enjoying the in-flight entertainment, everything revolves around our Clients’ Experience and every part of the “jigsaw puzzle” should be complete – Mr Robin Padgett, Senior Vice President, Aircraft Catering, Emirates.

Last week, our writer at The Drinking Market had a long-distance phone interview with Mr. Robin Padgett, Senior Vice President, Aircraft Catering at Emirates. Let’s hear what he has to say:

Qn: How does having a whole range of reputable wines benefit a consumer? Is there a wine pairing option on-board the plane?

Ans: In Emirates, we always believe in giving our clients an experience just like a night out in a fine-dining restaurant. Balancing our wine list, we carry wines from both New and the Old World, focusing on both quality and balance. In fact, we normally buy our wines 8-9 years prior to serving them, this does not only ensures that we have the sufficient quantity, but it also ensures that there is a proper storage facility and minimal movements to the wines when we keep it at our private cellar.

Back to the question, Emirates does something a little more interesting, for instance, a trip to Europe, we will feature a more popular wine from the particular country or region, such as a 1996 Chateau Montrose for a flight to Europe! Our clients would not only be able to experience a whole list of well thought through wines, but also some interesting vintages from the wineries in the country they are visiting. Having said that, we do not have a fixed wine-pairing menu on-board the plane, however, our team of air crews have been through strict trainings on wines and spirits, and should be able to do a simple pairing with the meals provided. On top of that, we also recommend our clients to have fun with the pairings, a seafood dish does not necessary have to go with a white wine, try a pinot noir (red) from Burgundy, it’ll definitely go well as well!

Qn: Can the consumers be expecting reputable wines from back vintages?

Ans: Definitely! As mentioned earlier, we often purchase our wines at least 8 to 10 years prior serving them, and we usually store it at our private cellar in Bordeaux or Dubai, a good example is the 2000 Cos d’Estournel that we are currently serving, it was bought 6 to 9 years ago.

Well, since you’re based in Singapore, let me share with you an example of what we serve on-board Emirates on your flight home.

  1. 2000 Dom Perignon
  2. 2006 Domaine Bouchard Pere, Meursault
  3. 2000 Ch La Lagune, Haut Medoc
  4. 2005 Yabby Lake Vineyard Pinot Noir
  5. 1985 Dow’s Vintage Port

Wine Cellar at the First Class Lounge at Terminal 3, Dubai Airport(2)

Qn: Storage of wines on board the plane

Ans: This is definitely one of the best questions, and i am glad you asked that. In Emirates, we take very close attentions to the quality our wines, in fact, we have a strong supply chain system from Dubai which transports the wines on-board the plane through a temperature controlled cargo, which our crews ensures minimal movements to the wines, so as to provide our clients with the best and the most optimal wine experience.

Qn: What triggered the move to go into fine wines on board a plane?

Ans: We have always been serving great wines on-board our planes, however, on a recent note, we are consistently finding the best solutions and strategies to improve our wine programme. The in-house team is one great example, we believe in the “jigsaw puzzle” concept, and wines are part of the “jigsaw puzzle” for a Total Experience

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Qn: How does a palate differs at 40,000 feet in the sky compared to tasting a wine on the ground? Do the in-house wine team fly to taste?

Ans: There are many school of thoughts about one’s palate that will be affected on-board the plane, however, we do not see that as the main issue, in fact, all our wines are chosen on-premise. Nevertheless, our panel, that includes the President of Emirates travels alot, thus, if any one of us were to spot a wine that does not taste necessary well or doesn’t justify the wines’ potential at 40,000 feet, we will definitely have it replaced.

Having said that, it is uncommon and extraordinary to have a wine that “does not fly”, therefore, we’re glad that the wines we choose have been well-received so far!

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Qn: What can consumers expect to get in the future?

Ans: I hope that our clients would happy with the service and in-flight entertainment we have on-board Emirates. In the near future, our passengers would definitely be able to enjoy and experience more interesting wines and back vintages from both renown and artisanal wineries. The World is our playground, we will consistently find the best wines to list on board the plane.

Qn: Anything else that you wish to tell our readers?

Ans: Yes! I would like to encourage our passengers to go through our wine list, and flip through it, there are definitely more interesting wines and spirirts that is worth a try. Do not just stick to the common ones that you have heard or seen, try something different, whatever you taste on-board, would definitely taste just as well on land.

4th South East Asia Best Sommelier Competition-Results!!

Lining in formation like a platoon of trained soldiers, the finalist stood together for a final group photo before the competition began.

Soon… the time was up, it was the moment of truth. Three stations made up of panels from the food and beverage industry, the top 3 finalist were put into a series of test hosted individually by a whole panel of judges who presented the questions to them from their table.

Table 1: Hosted by Mr. Yohann Jousselin, M.S. – Master Sommelier

Table 2: Hosted by Mr. Abdul Hafid, Director of F&B, Traders Hotel

Table 3: Hosted by Mr. Frank Kammer, M.S. – Master Sommelier

The finalist were put to a series of test of which Table 1 focused on asking questions about Aperitif and Sparkling wines. Table 2, hosted by Mr. Hafid was focusing more on Food and Wine Pairing and Wine List correction. The participants basically had to look through a wine list with errors and figure it out before telling the panel their answers. Apart from that, they were given a set of menu to pair two wines of which one had to be a New World Wine and the other, a Old World.

On the third table which was hosted by M.S. Frank, the finalist had to do a series of table service such as; opening a bottle of “89′ Mouton Rothschild” – obviously it is not! and doing a series of blind tasting. Tricks and situations such as shaking the “89′ Mouton” which was said to have been standing in the cellar for a night makes it tougher for the participants to apprehend the situation recovery on the spot.

Definitely not an easy competition to stand out from, especially when you are in a “hall of anxious eyes” looking at you perform your thing on the stage. If you can’t pass your personal round of stage fright, you probably would have lost the first half of the game.

All in all, what M.S. Frank said was really true and i second that. “whoever is here today, standing on the stage is already a winner”.

After a whole series of test which started as early as 8am in the morning, the winner was announced!

Mr. Han Yew Kong (Malaysia), a current Sommelier at the Osteria Mozza by Mario Batali in Marina Bay Sand won the title of the 4th South East Asia Best Sommelier Competition 2013.

On behalf of TDM and the trade, we wish him all the best and to the rest of the participants, because you took a step to realize your dream, you too are winners in our field of wine people! Your professionalism, enthusiasm and strive for success is clearly visible in all of our eyes! Cheers to that and All the best to all of you!!

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Collaborating with a Luxury Yacht Firm in Singapore

I’m so excited!

TDM-Asia is currently in talks with a luxury travel yacht firm in Singapore!

TDMers! Get ready for the HIGH LIFE!

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Alternative Investment & Passive Income

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Have you considered having money cashing into your account while you’re deep in sleep?

Or have you considered having an alternative investment?

Earning your Interest in Banks? Perhaps not…

Let’s take a look at the interest rates of our banks in Singapore (Fixed Deposits).

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Commonly, many middle-income Singaporean, would be looking at depositing a fixed deposit of about 10K-50K at any given time. So, the highest interest rate we can see from the graph above is probably from the Bank of China or Standard Chartered at about 1.18% per annum (min. 12 months).

1.18%?

Let’s do the maths… if we were to invest $30K into a fixed deposit, that means, after 1 year of “safekeeping” it in a bank, we will be looking at earning a pathetic sum of $354 dollars.

For some of you, WOW! That’s good money huh?!

But let’s take a look at Singapore’s Inflation rate per year at the graph below:

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An average of 5% per year, so what make you think that with a 1.18% interest rate over a year of fixed-deposits would do you any good? So do you think you’re even earning anything?

Perhaps not right?

Well, what if today i tell you that you could perhaps double or triple your interest rates with the same amount of money?

Would you consider it?

I DID!

The people at Genesis-Global Gems & Jewellery have managed to come out with an Investment plan for you for a period of five years.

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BACKGROUND OF GENESIS GLOBAL:

“At Genesis-Global, we only deal with diamonds of the highest quality, carefully handpicked by our team of experts, ranging from very rare fancy coloured blues, pinks and yellows, to fancy shaped diamonds and the usual white round brilliant diamonds. 

Every white diamond that we supply bears the ultimate hallmark of excellence in polish, cut and symmetry*, as certified by none other than the World’s leading diamond grading authority, the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which adheres to the Kimberley Process.

Such hallmark of excellence, combined with the other aspects, such as top colour and clarity, is the only assurance, by our standards, of the true investment value of a diamond that is worthy of your attention and appreciation.”

Perhaps… Perhaps… Perhaps!

If diamond investment is not your cup of tea, or perhaps you’re thinking if investing in Diamonds is a scam. Do not worry, to ease your worries, Genesis Global Gems & Jewellery is also listed in the Millionaire Magazine and all the diamonds available in-house are GIA certified.

Doesn’t convince you enough? let’s take a while and listen to what CNN MONEY has to say about investing in Diamonds. To watch the Video, click HERE

I’m Keen to know more!

If you’re keen to find out more about an alternative investment or perhaps you’re keen to purchase a piece of diamond studded jewellery for a much lower price, maybe you’re considering to get married and you’re looking for a alternative option or a one-of-a-kind diamond ring for your other half.

What’s better then Genesis Global that provides a one-to-one; by appointment only consultation that is absolutely FREE!

Do not hesitate to email me at: thedrinkingmarket@gmail.com

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Visit their Website HERE

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Malat tasting @ Buyan Restaurant- Part 2

Finding your way into top houses in France, California and Germany for a search of quality Pinot Noir should be easier then a walk in the park. In fact, the Burgundians are famous for their Pinot Noirs with top houses like Domaine de la Romanee Conti and Armand Rousseau costing over $28,000 euros per bottle during the auction in Sotheby’s London in 1996. Labelled as the benchmark to Pinots. The Californians and Germans have been fast in catching up with the French in terms of quality and prices.

For those of you who have missed the entry about Rieslings from the Malat Family, click HERE

Blauer Spätburgunder or Blauburgunder, as what the Austrians normally relate to Pinot Noir is grown on almost all the red-wine growing regions in Austria, though they seldom market the varietal despite being a cool climate, which is perfect for the Pinot Noir varietal. In fact, a quick check with many wine consumers in Singapore, many were quick to say that they’ve never heard of an Austrian Pinot Noir.

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Today’s topic would be specifically dedicated to the Pinot Noir of Malat Winery, a family-run winery with over 9 generations of winemaking and the most recent addition Michael Malat an avid sportsman and son of Gerald Malat who joined the family business in 2008 . Prior to this, Michael worked at many important wineries in France, New Zealand, California and Argentina.

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A flights of 8 vintages were presented to us starting from the younger 2010 to the older, 2003 vintage of the Pinot Noir Reserve.

Tasting Notes:

2010 Pinot Noir Reserve

Hints of fresh herbs, toasted pine nuts and smoked animal. The palate reminds me of a young Pinot from Cote de Beaune, young and fresh acidity with slight tannic finish. I reckon it’s good to keep for another 8-12 years for optimal experience

2009 Pinot Noir Reserve

A little tight on the nose compared to the 2010 vintage, a swirl in the glass and a little more aeration would present a more earthy notes with light cherries and a slight hint of BBQ sauce. Well-rounded with silky tannins and a mid-long finish. One of the favourites for the day.

2008 Pinot Noir Reserve

Fresh on the nose with earthy, mushrooms notes. Hints of smokiness and vanilla was also present. On the palate was a lively and fresh acidity accompanied with a well structured tannin that holds the wine well. Recommends keeping for another 10 years.

2007 Pinot Noir Reserve

Getting a little more greenish notes, probably due to a hot year, resulting in early harvesting. The fruit structure was a little less approachable, but hints of floral, herbs and earthiness were still apparent. On the palate, a little juicy, but still with a balanced acidity and tannins structure.

2006 Pinot Noir Reserve

Floral and herbaceous on the nose with earthy and smoked mushrooms aromas.  A little higher in acidity and tannin, but very well balanced. Recommends to age for another 8-10 years.

2005 Pinot Noir Reserve

A little tight on the nose, but after a good swirl in the glass, I’m getting notes of vanilla, dried leaves and hints of tobacco. A slight disappointment on the palate with the acidity that is a tad lower as compared to the tannins, nonetheless, definitely good for rich meats!

2004 Pinot Noir Reserve

Hints of Chinese medicinal herbs with a bitter nose, complexity of the wine in interesting and a little hard to describe. I was really going through my wine journey in my brain, trying hard to get a perfect word for the first impression. As expected, the palate didn’t fail me with a well-rounded balance of acidity and tannins that went well together. Med- long finish

2003 Pinot Noir Reserve

One of the hottest summer in Austria, I’m getting a little more greenish notes and ripe fruits. On the palate, it was still fresh and a good balance of acidity and tannins.

Malat tasting @ Buyan Restaurant- Part 1

Good afternoon and i hope you’re enjoying your Saturday morning!

Today’s topic would be on Malat Winery, a family-owned winery based in Kremstal in the Niederosterreich region of Austria.

-NIEDEROSTERREICH- is Austria’s largest wine growing region with many sub-regions making exceptional wines.

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Michael Malat, the 9th Generation of wine maker from Weingut Malat took over from his dad, Gerald Malat in 2008 after working at many important wineries in France, New Zealand, California and Argentina.

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Do you know?

 “Austria is situated at the same latitude (between 47-48 degree north) as the famous Burgundy region in France? Austria is one of the World’s ideal cool climate wine regions that produce both fresh and complex white wines and spicy, elegant reds!”

A few days back, the Sommeliers and trade professionals in Singapore were in for a treat when we had the opportunity to taste some 20 wines, both red and whites from the Malat family dating back to the late 90s! Like the previous posts, I won’t be squeezing all the tasting notes into one article, but splitting into two parts. Let’s start with the Whites-Rieslings!

Riesling? That’s probably one of the questions you probably might be asking me, but yes, I’m not typing it wrong, we’re not talking about Gruner Vetliner today, but Rieslings!

Starting with the youngest 2011 to the 1998 vintage, Michael mentioned that the purpose of tasting it from the youngest to the oldest vintage is because the complexity of the wines would be more apparent as we move into the older vintages, we followed suit and it did!

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 TASTING NOTES:

2011 Riesling das Beste

Nose:  aromas of honey, caramel, pineapple and pear

Palate: Oily and hints of pear and fresh minerality as the wine aerate through the mouth, ending with a mid – long finish

2010 Riesling das Beste

Nose:  a little tighter on the nose as compared to the 11’ vintage. Hints of floral, lychee, pineapples with minerals were significant.

Palate: Oily and a tat more acidic. Getting more floral and mineral notes compared to the fruits

2008 Riesling das Beste

Nose:  white flower, pineapple and peach

Palate: Oily and richer on the palate, hints of petroleum, ending with a mid finish

 2007 Riesling das Beste

Nose:  more complex on the first nose, minerals, hints of dried leaves, pineapples

Palate: Oily and hints of pineapple. Fresh with a good balance of acidity and structure.

2005 Riesling das Beste

Nose: a tat more savory on the nose, fresh white mushrooms, more floral then fruits. Honey-liked nose.

Palate: Oily and hints of pear and fresh apples after some aeration in the mouth, mid-long finish

 2002 Riesling das Beste

Nose:  candy, osmanthus and honey

Palate: fresh acidity with a well rounded structure. Long finish

1999 Riesling das Beste

Nose:  a little more complex, notes of pineapple, pear and apples with white flowers and hint of petroleum.

Palate: Oily and notes of apple and minerals were apparent. mid to low acidity

 1998 Riesling das Beste

Nose:  perfumy, smoky, scented mushrooms, aromas of honey, caramel, butterscotch, pineapple and pear

Palate: Fresh and lively, full of minerality with hints of pear and apple as the wine aerate through the mouth, ending with a long finish – good to keep for another 10 years

“… Austrian Riesling became for me a happy middle-ground between the dry Alsace Rieslings and the semi-sweet German Kabinetts.” – Dr NK Yong, Singapore Business Times | Wine Columnist

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