Planning your wine list for the festive season? Get a copy of The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel magazine, which has released its G Top 100 Wines list.
The awards ceremony celebrating the winning wines was held last night at Sheraton Towers Singapore, marking the magazine's seventh edition. It is an offshoot of Singapore Press Holdings' luxury magazine The Peak.
This year, 31 importer-distributors submitted a range of wines from 13 countries, including France, Italy, Germany and Australia, among other top wine regions.
After an intense two-day tasting session, the judges identified the top 100 and singled out six outstanding wines that scored as high as 18 points, based on a 20-point scoring system.
The list of wines also includes a selection of 15 "Best Buy" Wines.
The six outstanding wines include Rudolf Furst, Centgrafenberg Pinot Noir 2013 from Germany, for Red Wine of the Year; Dopff Au Moulin, Pinot Gris Reserve 2014 from France, for White Wine of the Year; and Jorge Ordonez & Co, No. 3 Vinas Viejas 2008 from Spain, for Sweet Wine of the Year. The Quinta Do Noval, Colheita 2000 from Portugal won Fortified Wine of the Year (Old World), while among the bubblies, the G.H. Mumm, Cordon Rouge 2006 from France picked up the Vintage Champagne of the Year accolade.
The judging panel included oenologist Edwin Soon, wine connoisseur Tan Kah Hin and Mr Tan Ying Hsien, the first Singaporean to qualify as a Master of Wine - one of the most prestigious titles in the wine world. It is awarded by The Institute of Masters of Wine in London.
Ms Amy Van, project editor of The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel, says: "A good number of wines selected are suitable for year-round enjoyment and some of the wines that impressed came from Italy and Spain."
Mr Tan Ying Hsien says: "The results are pleasingly reflective of the global trends in styles and range of quality wines available today. Both the Furst and Colheita would have been unlikely contenders for top wines 10 or 15 years ago. Red Burgundy, New Zealand pinot noirs and vintage port would have been the wines in play then."
•For the full list of the G Top 100 Wines, go to thepeakmagazine.com/gwines2016 or get a copy of The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel ($12) at major bookstores as well as on digital platforms via the Apple App Store and Google Play.
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