Seen as Southeast Asia’s most prestigious wine event, the Wine Pinnacle Awards and The Great Wine and Dine Festival 2019, presented by Genting Singapore and hosted at Resorts World Sentosa from October 10 to 12, is poised to be a lavish affair for wine lovers and connoisseurs alike.
This is said to be the world’s first nomination-based wine awards and festival featuring a range of wines curated and voted by top wine professionals from around the globe, spread across 23 categories. There are also three categories honouring wine professionals.
An independent jury of over 50 members, made up of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, wine influencers and sommeliers from top fine dining restaurants from the United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, have since casted their votes through a secured online nomination ballot. Curated by the Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee, the award’s team of five illustrious wine experts, the categories cover a wide range of varietals, styles and themes, including nods for the Best Bordeaux Wine from 1996, Best Chinese Red and even Top Wine Influencer (under 40).
Suffice it to say, wine lovers across the region who have been eagerly anticipating more details since news of the event was announced in June will be excited to learn that the top five nominees for each of the 23 wine categories have been released. And it's interesting to say the least.
An unusual weather pattern in Bordeaux, France, didn’t stop some the best wineries from creating what experts have deemed some of the feted region’s best 1996 vintages. So, it’s no surprise to find wines from Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Léoville-Las Cases, and Grand Vin de Léoville in the running for the Best 1996 Bordeaux Wine honour.
The same could be said about nominees in the Best 2005 Vintage Burgundy (Red), which includes the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tache Grand Cru Monopole and its Romanée-Conti Grand Cru. Also in contention are the 2005 Domaine Leroy, Musigny Grand Cru, and the 2005 Domaine Armand Rousseau, Pere et Fils Chambertin Grand Cru.
Other notable categories: Best 1999 Vintage Barolo, Best 2002 Vintage Champagne, Best 2005 Vintage Rioja/Ribera Del Duero, and Best 2007 Vintage Tuscan (Red).
Some the finest from the New World are divided into categories such as Best 2008 Vintage Australian Shiraz and the Best 2009 Vintage Cabernet Based Californian Wine, as well as the Best Recent Release categories for New World Pinot Noir and Non-Burgundy Chardonnay. Interestingly, all the nominated wines in these two categories are from either New Zealand or Australia.