Enjoy premium Argentinian wines at wine-tasting event

Dominio del Plata’s brand ambassador Benjamin Vigier will introduce Argentinian wines from the estate founded by Susana Balbo. -- PHOTO: DOMINIO DEL PLATA
Dominio del Plata’s brand ambassador Benjamin Vigier will introduce Argentinian wines from the estate founded by Susana Balbo. -- PHOTO: DOMINIO DEL PLATA

Savour premium Argentinian wines from the Dominio del Plata estate in the wine-making region of Mendoza, at The Clifford Pier in The Fullerton Bay Hotel.

On Sept 24, the estate's brand ambassador Benjamin Vigier, 34, will present the wines, which will be paired with Asian-style canapes.

This wine-tasting event is part of a series for wine lovers, jointly organised by The Sunday Times and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, in partnership with wine distributor Auric Pacific Marketing.

While he may have been born in Normandy, France, Mr Vigier is no stranger to Asia and Singapore.

He has been based in China since 2004 and used to work in the economic department of the French Consulate in Wuhan.

In 2007, he made the move into the wine industry through a friend and now lives in Taipei with his Taiwanese wife.

Mr Vigier, who can speak Mandarin, works for Swiss wine house Baur au Lac Vins in Zurich and represents the group of 12 wineries in Asia under the company.

He says: "In Asia, people are curious and very keen on learning new things about wine. In Europe, perhaps because wine is part of the culture, people are not so curious and don't dare to ask questions."

He says he is looking forward to introducing diners to the wines of Dominio del Plata, which was founded in 1999.

The menu features Dominio del Plata Crios Torrontes 2013, paired with lobster roll sliders, as well as Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Brioso 2010, paired with rendang hanger steak on rice crisp.

The Susana Balbo range of wines is a premium selection named after the winery's owner. Crios, Mr Vigier explains, refers to "kids" in Spanish and is a tribute to Ms Balbo's two children.

And it may well be a woman's touch that puts these wines in a class of their own.

He says: "People think that Argentinian wines are too bold and rich, so they may not always like it. But at Dominio del Plata, the wines can be elegant."

Eunice Quek