Thursday, 11 October 2012

Alsace Wine Promotions in Singapore, November 2012

Regular readers will have noticed a certain slant in my writing toward the wines and gastronomy of Alsace.  My tastes in wine lie towards the gentler end of the colour spectrum, and I strongly believe that Alsace produces some of the purest, most versatile (and delicious!) white wine in the market today.  Asia remains a small market for Alsace, where trying to sell anything French beyond Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne remains an uphill task.  But for the amateurs, we hope it will only be a matter of time...


Alsacien Architecture at the Maison du Cloutier, Riquewihr
(courtesy of Hugel et Fils, www.hugel.com)

From late October to November, Sopexa (the agency responsible for promoting French food and beverages internationally) is promoting Alsace wines through various dinners, tastings and by-the-glass deals.  Details below in chronological order (for correctness' sake, I don't think item 3 is a Sopexa event but it's a 60% Alsace event so it finds a home here):

1.  What:  Klipfel Dinner at Wine Connection (limited to 70 seats)
When: Tuesday, 30 October 2012, 7-10 pm
Where: Wine Connection, Orchard Cuppage Terrace 39/41 Cuppage Road 
How much: $69+
Kenny Leong, CSW

Who: Hosted by Kenny Leong, CSW, Senior Writer at Appetite

Welcome Drink - 2010 Klipfel Pinot Gris Cuvée Particulière

Assorted Charcuterie on Bed of Braised Sauerkraut - 2010 Klipfel Riesling Cuvée Particulière

Tomato Crumble with Petite Salade and Aged Balsamic - 2010 Klipfel Gewurztraminer Cuvée Particulière

"Coq au Riesling": French Yellow Spring Chicken Simmered in Riesling and Aromats, Served wth Buttered Noodles and Sautéed Mushrooms - 2008 Klipfel Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr

Munster Cheese with Bread and Grapes - 2009 Klipfel Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr

Warm Apple Galette with Vanilla Ice-Cream

Reserve at +65 6836 9069 or cuppage@wineconnection.com.sg 


2.  What:  Alsace Wine Dinner at db Bistro Moderne featuring the wines of Hugel, Léon Beyer and Domaine Weinbach (limited to 32 seats)
When: Monday, 19 November 2012, 7 pm onwards
Where: db Bistro Moderne, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-48 Galleria Level, Marina Bay Sands
How much: $148++


Chef Stephane Istel, a proud native of Alsace
Tarte Flambée: Alsatian Flat Bread with Fromage Blanc, Bacon and Onions - 2010 Hugel et Fils Gentil

Snail & Chicken Oyster Fricasée, Hazelnut Spaetzle, Garlic, Parsley - 2008 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Cuvée Ste Catherine

Rhug Estate Suckling Pig Done Seven Ways, "Choucroute Royale" (Homemade Sauerkraut, Fingerling Potatoes, Mustard Pork Jus) - 2004 Léon Beyer Riesling Comtes d'Eguisheim

Munster "Géromé", Caraway Seeds, Frisée Salad - 2010 Léon Beyer Gewurztraminer

Traditional Alsacien Apple Tart (recipe of chef Istel's mother), Streusel, Vanilla and Cinammon Ice Cream - 2005 Hugel et Fils Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives

Coffee/Tea and Warm Madeleines

Reserve at +65 6688 8525 or dbreservations@marinabaysands.com

3.  What: Biodynamic and Molecular Texture Wine Dinner with Marc Kreydenweiss
When: Friday, 23 November at 7.30pm
Where: Keystone Restaurant, 11 Stanley Street
How Much: $240++
Who: Hosted by Marc Kreydenweiss of Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss


12th Generation Winemaker Marc Kreydenweiss

Soft Shell Crab, Lemon Gel, Lactose Fluid, Petite Flower Cress Salad, Charred Leek Essence - 2010 Marc Kreydenweiss Andlau Riesling

Baked Chilean Seabass, Ginger Consommé, Fava Beans, Baby Vegetables, Coriander Cress - 2010 Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc "Kritt"

Welsh Lamb Rack - 2006 Marc Kreydenweiss Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Rangers Valley Tenderloin - 2007 Domaine des Perrières, Costières-de-Nîmes

Cheese Platter (Friebourg Gruyère Reserve 18 months, Papillon Roquefort "Carte Noire", Sainte-Maure de Touraine Fermier)

Black Forest, Griottines, Kirsch, Valrhona Sponge, Black Cherry Textures - 2006 Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Grand Cru Kastelberg Vendanges Tardives

Book online at http://www.ewineasia.com/index.php/friday-biodynamic-and-molecular-texture-wine-dinner.html

4.  What: Winemaker lunch at Sky on 57 with Marc Kreydenweiss (limited to 20 seats)
When: Saturday, 24 November 2012, 12 pm onwards
Where: Sky on 57, Sands Skypark, Tower 1, Level 57, Marina Bay Sands
How Much: $188++
Who: Hosted by Marc Kreydenweiss of Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

Ceviche of Kagoshima Buri-Oh, Ginger & Soy, Micro Greens - 2010 Marc Kreydenweiss Andlau Riesling

JQ's Signature Foie Gras: "Lu Shui"and Xiao Long Bao - 2006 Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Gris Clos Rebberg

Poached Canadian Halibut, Razor Clams and Herbs Fondue - 2007 Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Grand Cru Kastelberg

Braised Kurobuta Pork a la chinois and Maine Lobster Wok-Fried with Pepper - 2008 Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Grand Cru Wiebelsberg

JQ's Fine Apple Tart and Singapore Jackfruit Fritter - 2007 Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Gris Grand Cru Moenchberg

Reserve at +65 6688 8857 or skyon57@marinabaysands.com 

If you put a gun to my head, I would pick items 2 and 3 as my "must-gos".  I love Stephane Istel's cooking at db Bistro Moderne, and his dinner features some pretty spectacular wines.  Between the Weinbach Pinot Gris (WS 94 points), Beyer Riesling Comtes d'Eguisheim (Tanzer 91) and the Hugel Gewurz Vendanges Tardives (Bettane & Dessauve 18.5/20), you have a taste of Alsace's finest three grape varieties from three of its finest winemakers across a range of styles.  Mark Richards is also creating some pretty exciting food at Keystone.  He plays around with avant-garde techniques quite a fair bit but never at the expense of flavour; an exciting home-grown chef to keep an eye on over the next few years.

If you aren't lucky enough to be flying to Alsace for the autumn, this may well be the next best thing.


PS Throughout the month of November 2012, Rise Restaurant (the all-day dining restaurant) and Rise Lounge at Marina Bay Sands Hotel will also be serving Hugel's 2010 Gentil (a beautifully refreshing blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner) and 2009 Pinot Noir "Classic" by the glass, along with various appetisers and desserts "infused" with Alsace wine.  Alsace Pinot Noir?  Why yes, and the Hugel 2009 is a perfectly decent, good value drop, so please don't discount it out of hand.


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