Monday, 15 February 2016

Alsace Wine Festival, Singapore - Saturday 5 March 2016

A gratuitous plug for the biggest Alsace wine and food event to hit Singaporean shores since, well, whenever...

Colmar, the capital of the Alsace route du vin
What: A wine and canapé event, graced by all of the major Alsace wineries in Singapore, with over 50 wines poured for your tasting pleasure.  Fodder in Alsatian style (think tarte flambée, bouchéà la reine, baeckeoffe, etc.) will be provided by the American Club's talented culinary team, along with a selection of fine French cheeses from the specialists at La Petite Boutique, Serangoon Gardens.

Who will be there?  The participating wineries are Zind-Humbrecht, Weinbach, Famille Hugel, Léon Beyer, Marc Kreydenweiss, Albert Boxler, Josmeyer, Schlumberger, Marcel Deiss and Trimbach.  You can buy wines and cheeses on the day from our partners at discounted prices, with further discounts for half-dozen plus purchases (please bring chequebooks or cash as quite a few of the importers do not offer credit card facilities).

Mr Marc Beyer, thirteenth generation winemaker and proprietor of Maison Léon Beyer, is our special guest winemaker and will fly out all the way to Singapore for the Festival!

Marc Beyer, in his cellars at Eguisheim
When: Saturday, 5 March 2016, from 1:30 - 5: 30 pm.

Where? Colonial Room, The American Club, Claymore Hill (5 minutes walk from Orchard MRT)

How Much?  $45 for early bird purchases on or before 22 February 2016 ($40 per ticket for group purchases of five or more tickets), including $15 credit against wine purchases on the day and a Schott Zwiesel white wine glass (RRP $13.50).  Huge thanks go to our event partners, Sopexa (www.sopexa.com/en) and the Conseil Interprofessionel des Vins d'Alsace (www1.vinsalsace.com/en, basically the Big Kahunas of Alsace wine) for their generous financial and moral support.

If you would like to join the Society, member tickets purchased before 22 February 2016 cost $35, and include a $25 purchase credit as well as the Schott glass.  Please write to the Society at alsacesg@gmail.com for more details.

From 23 February, tickets will be $55 for non-members and $45 for members, and $50 in group purchases of five or more tickets.

Where do I buy my tickets?  Please visit alsace2016.peatix.com to buy your tickets.  For bulk purchases of five or more tickets, please write to the Society at alsacesg@gmail.com and we will get back to you soonest.

Gratuitous shot of Zind-Humbrecht's Clos St Urbain vineyard
No exaggeration, this is the single biggest event in the Society's relatively brief history, and we would love to see you there.  Because (almost) every single major Alsace winery in Singapore is participating, the wines poured will illustrate the beautiful diversity of Alsace, running the gamut from the more famous Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, to delightfully grapey and refreshing Muscats, ethereal Sylvaners and even sparkling Cremant d'Alsace.  

The same goes style-wise, with Hugel and Léon Beyer representing the drier end of the spectrum, Zind-Humbrecht in its unpredictable brilliance and eloquence, Weinbach with its crystalline finesse and elegance, and many more.  Wines from village and grand cru appellations (and maybe some future premier cru appellations?) will be healthily represented, as will the rare Vendanges Tardives (late harvest) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (rich, immortal sweet wines from botrytised fruit harvested berry by berry).

I will be there running the Famille Hugel stand, so please come over and say hi if you are planning to attend.  I would be glad to pour you a glass of lovely Alsace wine and, if you have a moment or six spare, bend your ear as to why this beautiful region of Eastern France has won my heart like no other.

View of Riquewihr village from the Schoenenbourg vineyard


2 comments:

  1. God it sounds delightful. Regret can't get enough souls to support a drive and an overnight from KL. All best for a hugel-y successful and boozy event!

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  2. Thanks Brian, sorry we won't see the Malaysian contingent there. Tickets are selling fast so it should be a blast!

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