Results for the world’s first-ever nomination-based wine award features a diverse and inclusive list cutting across geography and vintage, while highlighting sustainable practices
Winners of the inaugural Wine Pinnacle Awards, presented by Genting Singapore, were announced at its flagship lifestyle destination, Resorts World Sentosa on 10 October 2019. Out of the 27 categories, the Grand Jury award has crowned Domaine Coche-Dury as the recipient of this esteemed accolade. Celebrating the absolute best of this year’s showing, the Grand Jury award is specially judged and selected by the Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee from among the winners across all categories.
The black-tie award ceremony held at the Resorts World Ballroom was attended by distinguished winemakers, top wine professionals and wine critics from around the world. The exceptional gathering of the international wine community in Singapore for the first time at the Wine Pinnacle Awards also marks the beginning of a new and exciting landmark wine event in Asia which is seeing a growing appreciation for fine wines.
A Celebration of Excellence and Diversity
A nomination-based recognition of wines without restrictions on origin or need for submissions or entry fees, the Wine Pinnacle Awards is the first of its kind in the world, providing an independent platform that allows for greater inclusivity. The awards also honour wineries with sustainable practices, young winemakers, and wines that present diversity across a broad spectrum be they old or new world, young or mature, as well as wines from established regions which are currently under the radar.
“As part of the Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee, it is an honour to be among such an impressive group of wine experts and professionals, bringing together a diverse group of winemakers and wines through our collective expertise and experience. It’s very heartening to uncover wines that are under-appreciated as well as highlighting the very best wines in the world to give them the recognition they deserve for their quality and merit,” shares Ms. Jeannie Cho Lee, Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee member and the first Asian Master of Wine.
“We are excited to be able to recognise and reward those who contribute to this dynamic wine industry. We are learning and already thinking of ways to improve the Wine Pinnacle Awards in the coming years, with a clear goal to provide an authoritative platform to showcase the most deserving wines and wine personalities from around the world,” she continues.
Wine Pinnacle Awards Nomination Process
The Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee is comprised of five internationally reputable wine experts namely Ms Jeannie Cho Lee of Hong Kong, Mr Kenichi Ohashi of Japan, Mr Doug Frost of the United States, Mr Oz Clarke of the United Kingdom and Mr Andreas Larsson of Sweden. They were responsible for establishing the nomination structure and formation of a credible jury from different parts of the world, including Asia, the US and Europe, with 33 Masters of Wine and 9 Master Sommeliers among its 54 members. The committee also oversaw the nomination process and ensured its focus on quality and merit. The results are a culmination of the expert opinions of the world’s leading wine professionals, from a total of 1,069 nominations received from the jury.
Votes by the jury were gathered by way of a secure and anonymous online nomination ballot. Each category accommodated up to nine nominations, which were later narrowed down to five in the nomination list revealed in August. The jury were invited to submit nominations in sequence of their preference with each nomination carrying different points. Nominees with the highest points are the winners of their category.
This celebration of diversity and excellence is apparent from the 27 award categories that include recognition towards mature wines that are ready to drink such as Best Bordeaux Wine from 1996 and Best Burgundy White from 2008, ‘Best Organic/Natural Wine of the Year’, ‘Best Recent Releases’, ‘Best Chinese Red’, ‘Best Young Winemaker of the Year’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘Unsung Hero’, ‘Best Friend of the Earth’ and ‘Hidden Treasures’. The crown jewel is the ‘Grand Jury Award’ that was determined by the Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee. The winner of this coveted title was chosen from amongst all the winners from the other categories.
The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival from 11 – 12 October 2019
Happening from 11 to 12 October, The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival which is held in tandem with the inaugural Wine Pinnacle Awards will showcase over 400 wines, including some of these award-winning bottles. The festival also has a dedicated zone which features sake breweries from Japan in partnership with the Japan Sake & Shochu Makers Association.
Other than enjoying these wines with gourmet cured meats and cheese from Euraco Foods, visitors can also look forward to a smorgasbord of festival exclusive dishes from RWS celebrity chef restaurants, such as newly-minted Michelin-starred table65, Fratelli Trattoria and TEPPAN by Chef Yonemura, along with a first-in-Singapore pop-up dining concept, Los Angeles’ cult Lobsterdamus known for their grilled wild-caught Maine lobsters.
Wine connoisseurs and aspiring wine aficionados can look forward to a series of masterclasses on 11 and 12 October 2019. The Wine Committee will take attendees through topics, such as Tuscan wines, varietals unique to Japan and Spain, and the difference between new and old-world wines. Jeannie Cho Lee MW will even go deep into the effects of terroir through a collection of Pinot Noirs from around the world. Each masterclass is ticketed and limited to 25 per class.
Public can purchase tickets to the festival for 11 and 12 October (from S$60 per person) with special rates for Mastercard card holders and RWS Invites members (from S$42 per person) at www.thegreatfestival.sg.
Congratulations to the 2019 winners:
- Grand Jury Award: Domaine Coche-Dury
- Best 1996 Vintage Bordeaux: 1996 Château Latour, Pauillac, France
- Best 1999 Vintage Barolo: 1999 Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino, Barolo Riserva DOCG, Italy
- Best 2002 Vintage Champagne: 2002 Salon, Cuvée ‘S’ Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France
- Best 2005 Vintage Burgundy Red: 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits, France
- Best 2005 Vintage Rioja/Ribera Del Duero: 2005 Vega Sicilia, Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain
- Best 2007 Vintage Tuscan Red: 2007 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
- Best 2008 Vintage Australian Shiraz/Syrah: 2008 Henschke, Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley, Australia
- Best 2008 Vintage Burgundy White: 2008 Domaine Coche-Dury, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, France
- Best 2009 Vintage Cabernet Based California Wine: 2009 Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
- Best Recent Release: New World Pinot Noir: Ata Rangi, Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand
- Best Recent Release: Non-Burgundy Chardonnay: Kumeu River, Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Auckland, New Zealand
- Best Recent Release: Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine: Gusbourne Brut Reserve, Kent, England
- Best Recent Release: Sauvignon Blanc: Didier Dagenneau, Pouilly Fume Silex, Loire Valley, France
- Best Recent Release: South American Red: Almaviva, Puente Alto, Chile
- Hidden Treasure: Australia: Tyrrell’s Wines, Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley, Australia
- Hidden Treasure: Bordeaux: Château Roc de Combe, Bordeaux, France
- Hidden Treasure: Burgundy: Mark Haisma, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
- Hidden Treasure: Piedmont: G.D. Vajra, Petracine Langhe Riesling, Piedmont, Italy
- Best Chinese Red: Ao Yun, Yunnan, China
- Best Organic/Natural Wine Of The Year: Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Cuvée Marcel Lapierre, Beaujolais, France
- Best Rosé In The World: Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia, Gran Reserva Rosado, Rioja DOCa, Spain
- Black Swan Of The Year (Most Thought Provoking Wine): Gravner, Anfora Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
- Best Friend Of The Earth (Most Environmentally-Conscious): Miguel Torres, Familia Torres, Spain
- Best Young Winemaker Of The Year (Under 40): Morgan Twain-Peterson MW (Mr.), Bedrock Wine Co., USA
- Top Wine Influencer (Under 45): Pascaline Lepeltier MS (Ms.), Racines NY, USA
- Unsung Hero: István Szepsy (Mr.), Szepsy, Hungary
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