Robert Parker's Wine Advocate is suing its former California correspondent Antonio Galloni for breach of contract, fraud and defamation. Antonio Galloni, who was contracted by the influential wine journal for a reported US$300,000 a year to cover California wines, resigned earlier this year after a majority share in the Wine Advocate was bought by a group of Singaporean investors, reports Decanter.
…clear. In the months leading up the event, some had suspected that the top accolade would go to a Singaporean chef: namely Ignatius Chan of Iggy's. Iggy's had ranked above both Narisawa and Ryugin at the 2012 W50BR awards, and the fact that the ceremony was being held in Singapore, rather than Tokyo or Hong Kong seemed like a sign.
But as the game of poker teaches us, it's always wise to listen to the odds.
A huge congratulations to Narisawa-san of Narisawa…
I had the pleasure of hosting Paul Draper and two wonderful guests yesterday for what was not only an excellent tasting, but an enlightening conversation. The topics were, amongst other things, the recent changes rung at the Wine Advocate, the Asian Palate, Singaporean wine collectors, and most importantly, tea. Is it possible it all comes down [...]
…You Tube music video (no photos, just the lyrics dancing around) that has some local Singaporean references, some obscure, like the one about the government's baby bounty, and others more comprehensible. For instance, dim sum fans may grin at the phrase "a bao in the oven", bao being a word for "bun".
…85 just the previous month...
Time also to catch up with journalist friends and thank Julian Teoh for the January issue of Flavours magazine which just featured an excellent story on written by Singaporean upcoming wine writer. Julian just visited us right into our latest vintage and shared with his readers an nice insight of a visit to a vintner right into action.
Another place and another time, but the lines and curves made me think of a Singaporean train station. . .
…the hoards of new world pretenders. Lovely texture and structure, more enveloping and less sinew and hardness than the 1999 . Tasted out of context (the only red for lunch, in a beautiful home on a manicured Singaporean hill, surrounded by strange fruit and friendly faces) I'd give this 95 . Now - 2016+
…selling a sake under the new Merlion brand, the Merlion being the Singaporean mascot. The merlion is a mythical creature, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Naniwa Sake Brewing Co. is going after the South Korean market, offering to customize bottle labels and hoping such a service appeals to these customers. Kudos to these breweries that are thinking outside of the box, trying to make sake consumption grow.