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Avignonesi Wine Dinner @ Buona Terra – Advertorial

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Bored of having just a bottle of wine with your whole meal?

You’re in for a change this time!

Come 31st of October 2013, Certain Cellars alongside Chef Denis Lucchi from Buona Terra are organising a FIVE course pairing menu with the great wines from the family of Avignonesi.

For only $118++ per guest, you’ll be in for a treat!

Call or Email them for reservations now!

Tel: (65) 6733 0209    |    Email: reservation@buonaterra.com.sg

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Life after Philippines:)

I’m so excited to write about The Philippines!

Trust me, i’ve got so much to share with all of you!

But… it’s back to the Appetite’s office today to get ready the whole list of wines sent in by our local suppliers for the Appetite’s Grand Wine Tasting – Pinot Noir in the November issue!

Don’t worry, i’m in the midst of working on the draft for my Philippines trip and after a little more work editing the pictures and text, i should be posting it anytime this week! So stay tune to this space!

By the way, to make you understand what stood in-front of me the moment i stepped into the office, here’s a little picture i took today:)

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Crazy! With over 60 wines to taste from all over the World, it’s gonna be an experience!

OHHH!! Yeah, before i forget, the Appetite team recently did a Cider tasting in our office and it’s out on this September’s issue! Not forgetting also, Appetite just revamped the whole magazine! Check out the new look this Sept!

Grab your copies now!! – Click on the photo to enter into Appetite’s Website:)

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One more thing!!!

I’m extremely excited and honoured to announce that The Drinking Market have finally gotten our own *limited Edition T-Shirts!! HURRAY!!

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We’re planning to give out one of the t-shirts to our readers, unfortunately, it’s a free size, thus, it can be a little baggy if you don’t mind:)

The only available colour for the T-Shirt that we will be giving out is in White with the exact same letters (design) in Black! – Basically just the opposite of what you see in the above picture:)

How to get it?

Simply copy the below questionnaires and send it in an email to us at: thedrinkingmarket@gmail.com

Qn1. How do you get to know of The Drinking Market?

Qn2. What do you love about the current content of The Drinking Market?

Qn3. What do you like to hear or see in the future post in The Drinking Market?

We’ll love to hear from you soon!

Tasting @ Platters Bistro & Wine Bar by Guest Chef Karl & Eugenia

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OKOK!! I know you’re already drooling! But these are just some of the dishes we had at Platters this afternoon! I’m now in the midst of writing them, give me some time!! hahaha!

Have a great Wednesday and i’ll see you here soon:)

Katnook Estate Wine Dinner @ Skyve Wine Bistro

No!! I haven’t been procrastinating!!

In fact, i have been really busy with meetings, consultancy, interviews, fell sick, etc.. etc… ok! No excuses! Back to what i was suppose to be doing. WRITE!!

Hahaha!

I was really fortunate. Fortunate to be invited to this wine dinner early last week, together with Crystal Wines and Skyve wine bistro, we were all treated to a wonderful dinner with great wines and food, compliments from Katnook Estate and the artistic creation of flavours by Chef Jachin, brother of Celine, owner of Skyve Wine Bistro.

The brother & sister duo did made an impression on me, so much so that i went back the very same weekend to savour their brunch menu!

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Situated right in front of the Anglo Chinese School (Junior), Skyve is just like a quaint little “garden restaurant” that is hidden away from the hustling bustling city full of honks, exhaust fumes and stressful people walking all about.

Blessed with natural greenery surrounding the Bistro, Skyve’s ambience was perfect for a family brunch/lunch out in the day and a romantic setting with natural light passing through the large glass panels accompanied with the warm interior decorations within the restaurant for couples who plan to have a romantic night out. Most importantly, the whole set-up of the restaurant -as mentioned by Celine- was to give diners their privacy, not pushing to the limits of having too many tables and chairs that you could perhaps hear what’s the other couple’s “plans for the night” -~Cheeky!

sounds like a fairytale… but yeah, it’s true! TRUST ME, i was there during both the daytime, and also at night, i had nothing, but praises for the 20 month old bistro. No wonder they have so many regulars who comes almost every other day!

Back to the wine dinner. Glad that Celine enjoys wines, the pairing for the night was indeed the highlight! I’ve been to wine dinners, in fact many that really disappointed me. Not because either the wines or food was bad, it was just that the whole experience of pairing was off, and it kinda misrepresented both the wine and the food as a whole.

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WAIT!! I have to say something very important! – Their bread was really really REALLY good! – Sorry, just needed to say that because some other restaurants, sadly serves cold bread that’s really uninteresting… Always remember, in a french setting, bread is often the first “dish” that is served to a customer, and it sets the expectations. A bad bread = to a bad first impression. So never forget the simplest things, it all makes a difference!

Katnook Founder’s Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Aromas of green apples, lemon, citrus fruits. Secondary notes of freshly cut grass and a hints of thyme. Beautiful acidity with apple notes and a slight hint of lime on the finish. Paired with our first course of Parma & Watermelon. Acidity of the wine cut through the richness of the Parma Ham while keeping the freshness that matched well with the watermelon, opening our appetite for the dinner ahead!

Katnook Estate Chardonnay 2011

A very old-world styled wine with notes of vanilla, oak, hazelnut and white mushrooms. On the palate, creamy and rich with a good touch of acidity and nuttiness. Paired with Escargot Bourgogne that was topped up with a rich garlic butter & herb sauce. Perfect pairing! Richness of the sauce was well balanced by the creaminess of the Chard while the fresh acidity in the wine flushes the flavours of the garlic and herbs, refreshing the palate for next course!

*Katnook Estate Merlot 2006

Why an astrix beside the wine? Well, it’s because i personally felt that the 06′ Merlot was really showing well for the night! Aromas of prunes, dark fruits and violets, the flavours were subtle, yet complex. On the palate, smooth and light to medium-body, silky tannins with a long finish, Indeed a perfect wine to just sip along for the night. Surprisingly, the choice of pairing for the wine was to go along with a herb crusted sea bass & pineapple pomegranate salsa. One who is bias and follows the book would probably think how on earth would this pairing even complement each other. We were always taught white wine with fish or white meat, the most you would go is perhaps a light red such as a Pinot Noir. But you’ll be surprise how well the Merlot complemented the fish in this case. Professional and daring, Chef Jachin went ahead with the choice of fish to go along with the Merlot, he made it right on the spot! To my surprise, because the wine was so light and smooth, tannins were almost soft enough to go along with the fish, adding on to the dish, the salsa which had a little spice in it, lifted the whole experience of just having a plain fillet of fish with butter sauce. I reckon that that was the whole reason why it went so well together. Claps!!

Katnook Founder’s Block Shiraz 2011

Black pepper, capsicum, cumin, star arneis and hints of earthiness, the wine was big, full-bodied and rich. A good balance of acidity and tannins, this wine could perhaps be aged for another 10-15 years, if not, decant it for 2 hours to enjoy if you have to open now. Paired with the oxtail & maple glazed sweet potato. The tannins of the wine broke down the proteins and richness of the oxtail while adding some spice to the rich red-wine sauce that was accompanied with the meat. Ending off with a bite of Maple Glazed Sweet Potato, my whole palate was exploded with flavours! I loved this! The pairing of having a full-bodied wine with a rich red meat was just right for me!

Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Pepper, cigar, capsicum, mint, cocoa and dark fruits, the 08′ Cab Sauv was rich and full-bodied with a med-long finish. Paired with crispy Kurobuta pork cheeks & pommes puree. My honest opinion, probably not the best pairing compared to the previous few mentioned above. The flavours of the pork was really good, in fact the 12 hours sous-vide method that Chef Jachin used really enhanced the flavours of the pork cheeks, but sadly, the Cabernet Sauvignon was a little more full-bodied and rich, the flavours of the meat was slightly masked by the wine. Nevertheless, if you were to have them individually, they are really good dishes and wines on its own.

Katnook Estate wines are available at Crystal Wines, click HERE to view the prices.

Skyve Wine Bistro
No.10 Winstedt Road
Block E, #01-17
Open Daily: Monday to Sunday
(including Public Holidays)
10:00 am till late
(last order for food 10.30 pm)

Reserve:+65 6225 6690    Office:+65 6737 1975    Fax:+65 6737 1976

E-mail:enquiry@skyve.sg

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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South East Asia Best Sommelier Competition 2013

South East Asia Best Sommelier Competition 2013

See you at Traders Hotel Singapore!

TDM-ASIA makes your trip PAID for!

Seen that? Yes, it’s all true! TDM-ASIA alongside WorldVentures and Rovia, an award winning travel agent is bringing you to travel to be paid!

Let’s see what has ROVIA achieved, just in 2012!

  • Honoured with the Golden Apple. Premier Apple and Platinum Apple award for exceptional quality & service
  • Recognised by TRAVEL WEEKLY in 2012 with a GOLD Megellan Award for best community involvement programme
  • Recognised by TRAVEL WEEKLY in 2012 with a SILVER Megellan Award for best travel guides, ratings & reviews

Unheard of? You’ve seen the video, by now you would have realised how many people in the WORLD, yes WORLD have joined us in this PAID to TRAVEL lifestyle programme!

Interested to join us in this journey of travelling to be paid?

Don’t hurry to do it! Like all businesses, there’s always a term and condition. Let’s meet-up over SKYPE, VIBER, FACE-to-FACE, whatever! I just want you to know the whole idea of TDM-ASIA & WV!

Before you leave, let’s see another video of what some others are doing NOW!

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