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World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Due to a race that morning and a much-needed carb-laden lunch after, only managed to catch the last few hours of the WRX Wine Journey, part of the World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011. Billed as an affordable gourmet wine and food fair (S$38 for wine activity centres and masterclasses, S$88 for additional “Gourmet Pairing Market food and wine”) i thought commendable effort was made to try to educate consumers. It wasn’t quite as crowded as expected, possibly because it was difficult to get to Grand Copthorne Waterfront in the rain, but this meant more space to move around and time to talk to the wine educators present.

The WRX Wine Activity Centers, themed wine stations meant to be hosted by local wine experts, included The ABCs of Italian Wine, Hot Holiday Wines, “Know Your Pinots” Blind Pinot Noir Challenge,

Bubbles!!! WRX Wine Activity Center, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
BUBBLES!!! – hosted by Britta Giese,

Austrian Map, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
Glorious Grüner – a whole selection of Grüner Veltliner from Austria! hosted by Maxim Sokolov from Unique Food and Wine (facebook). Amazing how variations in terroir, climate, processes can create such differently delicious products from the same grape grown in the same country – some of the wines actually tasted like chardonnay or had the aroma of a sauvignon blanc:

Little J, Gruner Veitliner, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey Jurtschitsch Loiserberg Kamptal Reserve Osterreich 2010, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
Huber Alte Setzen Erste Lage Traisental Reserve. World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
Leth Scheiben 2009, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey Makowilsch, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
Prager Hinter der Burg Federspiel 2009, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey Weingut Brundlmayer Lamm 2009, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
Franz Hirtzberger, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey

started with Jurtschitsch Little J, followed by Jurtschitsch Loiserberg Kamptal Reserve Osterreich 2010, Huber Alte Setzen Erste Lage Traisental Reserve, Huber Berg Erste Lage Gruner Veltliner Traisental Reserve, Leth Scheiben 2009, Markowitsch Alte Reben 2009, Prager Hinter der Burg Federspiel 2009, Weingut Brundlmayer Lamm 2009, Franz Hirtzberger Smaragd 2009, and finally Rudi Pichler Reserve 2008. From my notes, i liked the Prager and Markowitsch but that’s probably not all;

The Spanish Wine Inquisition. World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
The Spanish Wine Inquisition hosted by Edwin Soon; and

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
Global Cabernet Sauvignon hosted by Tan Ying Hsien of Taberna Wine, who was patient enough to have a prolonged chat about how to taste wines, chide me for marking down cab savs because of their youthfulness and suggest some books to read to teach myself at least the vocabulary of wine-tasting. Another person who happened to be at the table very kindly took me through smelling and tasting a corked wine – very useful! This n00b was grateful.

The WRX Try-and-Learn Masterclasses were similarly exciting:

Rising New Zealand Reds Masterclass, Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011, World Gourmet Series Rising New Zealand Reds by Duncan McTavish. World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
“Rising New Zealand Reds” was presented by Man O’ War winemaker Duncan McTavish. We tasted Mt Difficulty Estate Series Pinot Noir 2009, TerreVin Pinot Noir 2008, Vynfields Reserve Pinot Noir 2008, Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2009 (which i liked), Man O’ War “Ironclad” Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009 and Man O’ War “Dreadnought” Syrah 2009.

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey

“Western Australian Masterclass” by Jeremy Oliver, where we learned to distinguish Margaret River wines by taste (and i showed a strong preference for Peccavi wines) (flight: Xanadu Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009, Peccavi  Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011, Wignalls Unoaked Chardonnay 2010, Peccavi Chardonnay 2008, Xanadu Chardonnay 2008, Wignalls Premium Chardonnay 2009, Wignalls Pinot Noir 2009, Voyager Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007, Peccavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Voyager Shiraz 2009) and the difference between technical scores (like Robert Parker’s) and wines that wine critics actually like to drink at home, and

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
“Stickies and Puddings” by Britta Giese, where the challenge was to match the different desserts with the given dessert wines: Small Gully Mr. Black’s Concoction Moscato 2009, Oremus Furmint Late Harvest Tokaji 2008, Markus Molitor “Zeltinger Sonnenuhr” Kabinett 2008, Tchida Zweigelt Strohwein, NV Ratafia de Champagne Henri Giraud, Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port. (There was a mild flurry of excitement when a chap in the front row keeled over onto the floor mid-session. Fortunately, it was only the after-effects of mixing cold medicine with alcohol. I was afraid i might have to dust off archived CPR skills.)

Outside, the food and wine pairings were:
World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
fricassee of snails, wild mushrooms & beetroot, cauliflower & white chocolate emulsion (Paul Longworth, Au Petit Salut) x Man O’ War

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
crepes ribbons with homemade sausages, porcini mushroom and cheese sauce (Luca Carrino, Capricci) x Batasiolo

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
“porchetta allo spiedo” (pork belly cooked slowly in gentle fire with orange zest sage & rosemary herbs) (Moreno Martini, Gaia Ristorante & Bar) x Avignonesi

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
“casseler” (smoked pork in sour dough bread with “spreewald style”sauerkraut and spicy mustard) (Jan Touschil, MAGMA German Wine Bistro, Deli + Shop) x MAGMA

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
marinated whole south africa abalone with tofu in “teochew” style (Yong Bing Ngen, Majestic Restaurant) x Freixenet

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
roast baby chicken with truffle, brioche, jamon and pinenut stuffing, rosemary and garlic potatoes (Christopher Millar, Stellar, 1-Rochester Group) x Grant Burge

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
chilly infused grainy mustard enchanced chicken kebab served with avacado garbanzo pinenut chat (Manjunath Mural, The Song of India) x Mt Difficulty

World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey World Gourmet Series Wine & Restaurant Experience 2011 WRX Wine Journey
slow cooked spiced veal cheeks served with deep fried mantou (Daniel Sia, The Disgruntled Chef) x Penfolds

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