The Simply Italian Great Wines Asia Tour 2011 was held in Singapore’s Shangri-la Hotel on 21 Nov 2011. More than 20 tables of wine from different winemakers were there to introduce what Italy has to offer to members of the local trade, press and other stakeholders.
Sparkling whites and rose to still wines were showcased during this event at one table or another. Some labels already have local representation through companies like Cellarmaster Wines, Pinnacle Wines, Grand Vin and Spirito Divino (to name a few).
Some highlights for me during this event:
a. Sparkling wine in the form of Prosecco was well represented among the tables. I had the good fortune to meet the representative from Carpene Malvolti who explained the key role Antonio Carpene played in the production of sparkling prosecco back in 1868 (the rest as they say is history). Apart from its DOCG proseccos, this winery also offered a Rose Brut and a Gewurztraminer Brut for tasting during this event.
b. Locally known italian labels like Masi, Pio Cesare and Biondi Santi made their presence felt; the crowd at these tables give a hint of their popularity in the local market.
c. I usually don’t get the opportunity to buy wines from Lugana at local wine retail outlets; it was therefore good to see wine companies like Zeni and PR.AS.CO SAS showcasing these wines.
d. Whites from Friuli and Alto Adige showed well. Cabert S.p.A. and Alois Lageder showcased interesting whites from their respective regions.
I did not get the opportunity to cover all the tables (it was a good crowd at this event) but am happy with the showing at those which I managed to visit.
I intended to do a 'photo-blog' type entry for this event; but uploading all the pictures into this entry looks like quite a task. I’ve therefore created a Facebook Page for this blog and uploaded the pictures into a photo album over there :p
The link is as follows if you like to view more pictures taken during this event: