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Resorts World Sentosa to Recognize the World’s Greatest Wines at the Second Edition of Wine Pinnacle Awards with a Specially Curated Program and New Awards Categories

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Held between 28 October and 1 November 2022, the five-day exclusive premium event gathers  the who’s who in the industry as well as celebrates diversity, excellence and innovation in the  world of wines which then culminates into a prestigious wine awards ceremony featuring 52  nominees over 18 categories. 

SINGAPORE, 12th September 2022 – Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will present the Wine Pinnacle Awards  again in a second edition from 28 October to 1 November 2022. Returning in-person after a brief  pandemic-related hiatus, the much-anticipated prestigious five-day event celebration is set to take place  at Singapore’s first integrated resort, once again showcasing RWS as the premier gastronomic haven for  epicureans and wine connoisseurs.  

Following its 2019 debut, this year’s program is entirely new, and has been meticulously curated to  distinguish the awards as Southeast Asia’s most prominent and unprecedented wine festival for  oenophiles. As Scott Peterson, Vice President, Lifestyle, Resorts World Sentosa says, “The Wine Pinnacle  Awards has always been positioned as an avenue to celebrate diversity, excellence and innovation in the  world of wines. Throughout these five days, guests at RWS will not only discover and appreciate the art  of winemaking, they can even enjoy intimate and exclusive wine pairing dinners, pairing exceptional wines  with exquisite menus from world-famous celebrity chefs; a Masterclass Experience for enthusiasts and  investors to discover new gems; and a two-day Wine Industry Symposium for wine and hospitality  professionals. Second to none, the Wine Pinnacle Awards complements RWS’ suite of award-winning  attractions, luxurious accommodations, mesmerizing entertainment, MICE facilities, as well as myriad of  food and beverage offerings, in positioning the lifestyle integrated resort as Asia’s top premium lifestyle  destination for all audiences.”

As the world’s first wine awards based solely on nominations, this event will recognize the finest wines  and wine professionals the world has to offer, representing the opinions of 61 jury members from around  the globe – comprising Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, wine professionals and luminaries and the  illustrious five-member Technical Committee headed by Jeannie Cho Lee, the first Asian Master of Wine. 

The Technical Committee 

The Technical Committee comprises five internationally renowned wine experts, namely Committee  Chairwoman Jeannie Cho Lee (Hong Kong), Andreas Larsson (Sweden), Doug Frost (USA), Kenichi Ohashi  (Japan), and Oz Clarke (UK). They are responsible for establishing the award categories, forming a credible  panel of jury members, and overseeing the nomination process to ensure there is focus on diversity,  quality and merit. 

Jeannie Cho Lee, Wine Pinnacle Awards Technical Committee Chairwoman and Master of Wine says,  “Participating in the creation of the inaugural awards and its ground-breaking platform is truly an  extraordinary experience. I am honored to continue the search for the most deserving wine producers  and wines in the second edition of the awards, with its refreshed program and brand-new categories. This  year, I am most looking forward to the comfort wine category – this category was added because of the  pandemic and social distancing when most people were enjoying wine at home. It will be fun to find out  what red, white and rosé wines below S$56 ($40 USD) provided the most comfort to the jury members.” 

The Nomination Process 

The Wine Pinnacle Awards are pioneering accolades that consider wines from every region without  restrictions on origin and without the need for entry fees. An esteemed panel of Master Sommeliers,  Masters of Wine, and premier critics are assembled into an expert jury, responsible for nominating the  most deserving of wines. 

“The Wine Pinnacle Awards allows a different range of wines to rise to the top than from traditional  wine competitions, where only the wines submitted can be awarded. The Wine Pinnacle Awards  nominees tend to be from producers that do not or rarely submit to traditional wine competitions.  Moreover, for the Mature Wines categories, the Wine Pinnacle Awards can showcase categories of  wines that are showing well now. This is particularly useful for collectors keen to know whether bottles  in their cellars may be ready to enjoy,” said Christy Canterbury, Wine Pinnacle Awards Jury Member and  Master of Wine, on the nominees for the second edition of the Wine Pinnacle awards. 

The Award Categories 

Meticulously defined to highlight the best wines without the conventional restrictions, the 18 inclusive  award categories include ready to drink ‘Mature Wines’, ‘Best Recent Releases’, ‘Best Friend of the Earth’,  and the inclusion of new categories ‘Comfort Wines’ and ‘Pandemic Hero’. 

Doug Frost, Wine Pinnacle Awards Technical Committee Member, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine,  added on the special significance of the Wine Pinnacle Awards: “I have judged in dozens of competitions  over my four plus decades in the wine business. This is inarguably the most credentialed and, more  importantly, the most likely to be best informed of any corps of judges I have ever seen.” 

“After participating in wine judging competitions for the last 10 years all over the world, I can truly say  that the Wine Pinnacle Awards is the most innovative competition celebrating both excellence and  diversity in winemaking,” added Dr Liz Thach, Wine Pinnacle Awards Jury Member and Master of Wine. 

The Masterclass Experience, Wine and Dine Sessions, and Wine Industry Symposium 

Wine lovers can look forward to the Masterclass Experience on 29 October and 30 October 2022 – where  Technical Committee members Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine, and Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and  Master of Wine, drive deeper conversations in a series of masterclasses for potential investors, featuring  hidden gems of the wine world including Henschke, Maison M. Chapoutier, Château Haut-Brion and  Château La Mission Haut-Brion, and Tempos Vega Sicilia. Delegates can delve into the people, history, and  stories behind each bottle of wine, and learn about wine investment in Asia from market leaders.  

When it comes to fine dining, few are as luxurious and indulgent as a wine pairing experience. Every day  from 28 October to 31 October 2022, the resort will play host to decadent wine affairs where guests can  partake in carefully curated food and wine pairing brunches and dinners. With special lunches featuring  vintages from Maison Champagne Salon, Maison Champagne Delamotte and Penfolds; and bespoke  dinners featuring vintages from prestigious wineries such as Château Angélus, Château Margaux, Château  La Mission Haut-Brion and Maison M. Chapoutier, guests can be sure of a memorable gastronomic  adventure.  

Fine wines will be complemented by equally fine food crafted by the world’s best Michelin-starred chefs  including:  

  • Guillaume Galliot (three Michelin stars, Caprice Hong Kong) 
  • Olivier Bellin (two Michelin stars, L’Auberge des Glazicks) 
  • Thomas Groot (one Michelin star, table65) 
  • Scott Webster (Osia Steak and Seafood Grill) 
  • Arnaud Dunand Sauthier (Bangkok) 
  • Cedric Vongerichten (New York).  

Guillame Galliot, Chef de Cuisine at Caprice Hong Kong, and holder of three Michelin stars says, “To have  the opportunity to participate in the Wine Pinnacle Awards – with its amazing program featuring an  impressive lineup, is an incredible honor for me.” 

Over two days on 31 October and 1 November 2022, delegates of the Wine Industry Symposium will leave  better prepared to navigate a more dynamic future for the wine industry by discussing key topics like new  areas of economic growth and the impact of climate change with wine professionals from all sectors.  There will also be panel discussions to help related businesses position themselves to thrive amidst  contemporary market trends led by the world’s thought leaders – this includes Karen MacNeil, Author,  Journalist, Wine Educator & Consultant; Prue Henschke, Head of Henschke; Jamie Ritchie, Global  Chairman Sotheby’s Wine; Augustin Missoffe, Managing Director Asia Pacific for SOPEXA; Kenichi Ohashi,  Master of Wine & President of Yamajin Co. and Oz Clarke, leading wine writer and broadcaster. 

The Wine Pinnacle Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony 

Concluding the five-day celebration of prestige and innovation in the world of wines is the Wine Pinnacle  Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 1 November 2022. Held in the Resorts World Ballroom, the  black-tie soirée will gather key industry experts, influencers, sponsors, peers, and wine luminaries from  across the globe. 

Tickets are limited and open for reservations from 16 September 2022. For the latest news about the event, please visit: www.winepinnacle.com

ABOUT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA 

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Asia’s premium lifestyle destination resort, is located on Singapore’s resort island of  Sentosa. Spanning 49 hectares, RWS is home to world-class attractions including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A.  Aquarium, Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Complementing the adventure and adrenaline of its  theme parks and attractions are six unique luxury hotels, the world-class Resorts World Convention Centre and a  casino. RWS offers award-winning dining experiences and exciting cuisines from around the world across its many  renowned celebrity chef restaurants, establishing itself as a key player in Singapore’s vibrant and diverse dining  scene and a leading gourmet destination in Asia for epicureans. The integrated resort also offers world-class  entertainment, from concerts to public shows. RWS has been named “Best Integrated Resort” since 2011 for nine  consecutive years at the TTG Travel Awards which recognizes the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry. 

RWS is wholly owned by Genting Singapore, a company of the Genting Group. For more information, please visit www.rwsentosa.com.

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