To be held in October, a three-day celebration of excellence and diversity in the world of wines at the first-ever nomination-based awards and festival will feature wines selected by over 80 wine professionals
SINGAPORE, June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Resorts World Sentosa has assembled an illustrious five-member Wine Committee helmed by Ms Jeannie Cho Lee, the first Asian Master of Wine, who leads an over 80-strong jury of wine professionals from around the globe – comprising Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, wine auctioneers, and sommeliers from top fine-dining restaurants – for the launch of its inaugural ‘Wine Pinnacle Awards 2019‘.
Presented by Genting Singapore and to be held at its flagship lifestyle destination, Resorts World Sentosa from 10 to 12 October this year, the highly anticipated three-day celebration of excellence and diversity in the world of wines is the first-ever nomination-based recognition of wines without restrictions on origin or need for submissions or entry fees. Votes by the independent expert jury will be gathered by way of a secured online nomination ballot, with the nomination list to be revealed in August. Taking place alongside the gala dinner and awards ceremony on 10 October is The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival where gourmands can enjoy three days of good food paired with many of the nominated wines.
Together, Wine Pinnacle Awards and The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival are poised to be the first major wine event in Southeast Asia where distinguished wine experts will join hands with celebrity chefs to elevate the appreciation of wine to a whole new epicurean level, setting Resorts World Sentosa apart as a top dining destination for food and wine connoisseurs.
The Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee
The Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee comprises 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 are responsible for establishing the nomination structure and formation of a credible jury. The committee will also oversee the nomination process to ensure there is sole focus on quality and merit. Please refer to Annex A for biographies and quotes of committee members.
Ms Jeannie Cho Lee said, "Given that the Wine Pinnacle Awards is based on expert nominations instead of paid submissions, it opens up for an entire world of wines to be recognised and awarded. For the first time, we are honouring deserving wine producers and wines that may otherwise fall under the radar of wine competitions. We have designed the award categories such that we can celebrate wines across a broad spectrum, from young wines to mature wines that are ready to drink, discovering hidden treasures that are currently under-appreciated or under-valued. This will be a truly groundbreaking awards platform that will hopefully generate lots interest and excitement among the wine community."
The Nomination Process
The Wine Pinnacle Awards is a first-of-its-kind recognition initiative for the wine industry that is based on a nomination model. Without the need for submissions of wines or entry fees, it brings together an unprecedented panel involving over 80 top wine professionals from around the world who will nominate wines of their choice without restrictions on origin.
The Award Categories
The celebration of excellence and diversity is evident 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’, and ‘Hidden Treasures’. Please refer to Annex B for full list of categories.
"Of all the categories, I am most looking forward to see what will be nominated for the category of Best Organic/Natural Wine of the Year. I strongly believe that organic wines will become commonplace and perhaps even mainstream so it would be interesting to see how wine producers exercised their craftsmanship while managing the challenges and opportunities presented by the world phenomenon of climate change and sustainability," said Mr Oz Clarke, Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee Member and wine expert.
The crown jewel of them all is the ‘Grand Jury Award’ that will be determined by the Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee. The winner of this coveted title will be chosen from amongst all the winners from the other categories.
The Wine Pinnacle Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2019
Preceding the three-day celebration is the Wine Pinnacle Awards gala dinner and awards ceremony on 10 October 2019, which will be held at the Resorts World Ballroom. It will be a celebration of excellence and diversity in the world of wines paired with extraordinary food.
The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival: 10 to 12 October 2019
After two successful editions of The GREAT Food Festival, Resorts World Sentosa elevates the event to a new level this year with The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival which will showcase some of the world’s best wines as nominated by the world’s best palates. Held in conjunction with the Wine Pinnacle Awards, The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival will take place from 10 to 12 October 2019 at the Resorts World Convention Centre. Bringing together many of the wines from among the nominees in the Wine Pinnacle Awards, the festival is set to be the premier and most extensive wine event in Southeast Asia for both wine professionals and wine enthusiasts. Wine lovers can look forward to masterclasses by the world’s top wine critics, tasting and acquiring the world’s best wines in one place, a tantalising spread of food and desserts as well as wine pairing dinners at Resorts World Sentosa’s celebrity chef restaurants. Also making an appearance are new products, gorgeously decorated booths, over 200 wines and craft sake.
Tickets to the gala dinner and festival will be on sale in July 2019. For the latest news about the event, please visit: www.winepinnacle.com.
ABOUT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Asia’s premium lifestyle destination resort, is located on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa. Spanning 49 hectares, RWS is home to world-class attractions including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, the Maritime Experiential Museum, Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Complementing the adventure and adrenaline of its theme parks and attractions are six unique luxury hotels, the world-class Resorts World Convention Centre, a casino and the Asian flagship of a world-renowned destination spa. RWS offers award-winning dining experiences and exciting cuisine from around the world across its many renowned celebrity chef restaurants, establishing itself as a key player in Singapore’s vibrant and diverse dining scene and a leading gourmet destination in Asia for epicureans. The integrated resort also offers world-class entertainment, from original resident productions to concerts and public shows such as Crane Dance and Lake of Dreams. RWS has been named "Best Integrated Resort" since 2011 for eight consecutive years at the TTG Travel Awards which recognises the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry.
RWS is wholly owned by Genting Singapore, a company of the Genting Group. For more information, please visit www.rwsentosa.com.
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- High resolution photographs, profiles of Wine Pinnacle Awards’ Wine Committee Members and Wine Pinnacle Awards Categories can be downloaded from: https://app.box.com/s/g4llcvj2n8o248u6ybmtbnvddzzd733o
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