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Words on wine: News, reviews and trivia

Your April round up of wine news, deals and trivia in Singapore.

Wine Under Review

Parker has set his sight in Singapore. Having sold a major stake of his The Wine Advocate newsletter to investors here,he intends to phase out the print versionin favour of online, and give oversight tohis Singapore-based correspondent LisaPerotti-Brown. 

The new investors plan an abbreviated Southeast Asian edition aimed at corporate clients such as airlines and luxury hotels, with the main newsletter putting emphasis on Asia’s budding wine industry.

With Asia expected to account for more than half of then worldwide growth in consumption over the next three years, Parker’s make or break 50- to 100 point quality grading system could help sort the wheat from the chaff.

Green Giants

Just five hours’ flying time from Singapore, Margaret River is a popular wine lovers’ destination. Its cabernet sauvignon has developed a well-deserved reputation for quality, and the region arguably produces wines most reminiscent of the fine wines of Bordeaux.

Singapore resident Graeme Seed acquired Green Valley vineyard in 2005 and since then has methodically restored this 1979 Margaret River winery. Ian Bell is its resident wine maker, who, for many years, produced the iconic (and at $130 – very expensive) Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon. Meanwhile, the 2008 Green Valley Cabernet, which received a 90+ point rating from the aforementioned Robert Parker, is available from Benchmark Wines for $39. Although Margaret River is not so well recognised for its shiraz wines, Green Valley produced an excellent 2007 Shiraz ($35) that also rated a Parker 90+ point score.

Spotlight on Beringer

Established in 1876 by brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer, Beringer Vineyards is Napa Valley’s benchmark producer and the region’s most awarded winery. It’s also the world’s only label to be named “Wine of the Year” twice by Wine Spectator.

Beringer produces a range of wines, from the iconic Private Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to the Founders’ Estate range showcasing Napa’s most famous varietals. And, as the official wine of the PGA Tour in the US and North America, why not open a bottle while watching your favourite golfers in action? (The Masters is on this month, from 14 April, by the way!)

Beringer is available in all supermarkets across Singapore.

Wine Trivia

The wreck of the Titanic, which sank in 1912, holds one of the oldest wine cellars in the world and, despite its depth and wreckage, most bottles are still intact. Time to get your diving gear on?