Wine Tips from Wanderwine.com

There is a new online wine retail in town! The guys at Wanderwine.com may have just the right formula to become the next Airbnb or Uber of the wine industry – affordable, accessible and advice – the 3 key ingredients that every consumer needs, whether you are a new drinker or a seasoned wine appreciator.

Offering an initial inventory of 39 labels handpicked from Australia, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland, perhaps missing only South Africa or U.S.A., I believe there is a bottle for everyone at Wanderwine. I love these good people because they believed that great wine and the education around it shall be accessible to everyone in Singapore, and being an online company enable them to do that!

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They focus a lot on quality, both in the selection of the bottles, and also in the content on the online shop. For wine curated by their sommeliers, the consumers get high definition pictures of the bottles, the story of the wine, extensive tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, serving and drinkability notes, and even the pictures of the vineyards in the area of the wines. It is something that nobody would not be able to do in a retail shop without a tremendous amount of physical space.

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One of wanderwine’s tastemakers, Gerald Lu (Best Sommelier SG 2010)

The online element also allows more freedom and creativity for their sommeliers team as they can easily publish fun or educational articles to audience and share their knowledge about wine!

Wine selection and wine pairing are all about: 1. knowing yourself (your taste bud, your preference, etc), 2. knowing what you plan to cook or order for your meal, 3. lastly, it’s about fun, wine pairing is about trial and error. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past before I realize that I really prefer a light red like Pinot Noir or light / sweet white like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Moscato.

Pairing Asian cuisine with wine is a lot of fun, due to the diversity of cultures, usually requiring both roundness and freshness in wines to soften out the intense flavours and spices used in cooking. A well-chilled, crisp, young and fruity white like the Marlborough Seresin Pinot Gris would go beautifully with Tuna Tataki, Ponzu, Smoked Enoki, onion, or Puffed Rice. On the other hand, salted dishes, like the smoked salmon, or even salted egg yolk prawns will pair well with whites like the Amigne de Vetroz, La Danse des Etoiles, which boasts of good acidity and gentle tropical fruits notes.

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For red meats, try pairing the lighter, less intense braises such as duck or even cumin-spiced lamb leg with a Shiraz, such as the Two Hands Bellas Garden, bringing in a long finish of blistering yet silky, cushioned flavours. A red with an earthy palate and savoury characters is recommended for the other red meat selections. Paired with an interesting love story to “chase away the melancholy”, the Chateau Chasse Spleen from Bordeaux, France would serve as a good pick.

For a new person to red wine, the recommendation will be a Pinot Noir, which is lighter on the tannin. A good choice will be the Mercurey Premier Cru Clos des Barraults, which is hand harvested from 40 years old vines, ensuring the highest grape quality selection. A brilliant ruby colour coupled with a rich, “masculine” palate, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser. IMG_2827

With wanderwine, you can expect to save between up to 40% off the usual retail price, while still enjoying the highest delivery and service quality. They do not have to carry the heavy weight of retail rental fee and thanks to that, they are able to pass those savings on! For example, the Bordeaux Haut Medoc Chateau Chasse Spleen that they have in their inventory would be around $135 in a brick & mortar retail shop, compared to $83 on Wanderwine.

Moreover, there is no minimum spending for delivery, but a delivery fee of S$16 is added on your purchase.  Purchases above S$75 enjoy free delivery, and Wanderwine sends your order to your door step by the next working day.

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MediaCorp artist, Elvin Ng was also there at the launch

Essentially, Wanderwine is really about pairing good bottles of wine with people who may not have known about them earlier. A good bottle of wine is a powerful tool; it can pull a party together, create enduring friendships and craft memories that last for a lifetime. Wanderwine is a reflection of the love for travel and discovery, all wrapped up in one package.

Buoy Up with Airs & Graces at Millenia Walk

Defying the conventional expectations of private art exhibitions, Art Stage Singapore transforms Millenia Walk into an instant contemporary public art museum, offering a unique shopping experience to buoy up the much-awaited holiday and shopping season.

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Last Thursday, I attended the VIP reception of the Airs and Graces exhibition at Millenia Walk. This special art exhibition, which runs from 1 June to 7 July, is co-presented by Art Stage Singapore and Millenia Walk, featuring an impressive cast of renowned international and regional artists, including Singapore artist Sai Hua Kua.

Graced by Dick Lee as the guest-of-honour, attendees at the cocktail reception were treated to ‘live’ art exhibition, sand art performance and lots of ‘bubbles’.

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“We are delighted to partner the Art Stage Singapore in the ‘Airs & Graces’ exhibition. This engaging exhibition demonstrates our continued support towards developing a vibrant contemporary art scene here in Singapore. We certainly look forward to sharing and celebrating the inspiring experience with all our visitors at Millenia Walk,” said Mr Tan Boon Tuck, Senior Vice-President of Millenia Private Limited.

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“Designed by Pritzker Architectural Prize Laureate Philip Johnson, the inviting and spacious interior of Millenia Walk is ideal for a wide range of creative interactions and installations. This enables us to create a truly enriching experience for our visitors to enhance the premier lifestyle experience as opposed to just another sales promotion,” added Ms Esther Teo, Vice-President, Advertising and Promotions of Millenia Private Limited.

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“It is our great pleasure to work with Millenia Walk to deliver an art project which can extend our reach to the local audience and transform the space into an instant museum for fun and discovery,” commented Mr Lorenzo Rudol, Fair Director of Art Stage Singapore.

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Sai Hua Kuan’s Going Somewhere 01, Yavuz Fine Art Singapore

Sai Hua Kuan works in a diverse range of media, including installation, sculpture, film, photography and performance. He graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2007, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally, including in the UK, Canada, Germany, France and Singapore. He lives and works in Singapore and the UK.

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Max Streicher’s Floating Giants, Gallery Maskara Mumbai

Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Alberta, Canada. SInce 1989 he has worked extensively with inflatable technology in kinetic sculptures and installation works. He is known for his large and imposing inflatable sculptures which have been described as being distressing and enchanting, disruptive and playful. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Sri Astari’s Armors for the Soul #2/3

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Sri Astari’s Love-Fear Bag #2/3 and Lochan Upadhyay’s Wedding Chair, Art Plural Gallery Singapore

Sri Astari is a painter, sculptor and installation artist. She studied painting at the University of Minnesota, USA and at the Royal College of Art, UK. Her work explores traditional Javanese values and social norms and how they relate to the status of women and gender roles in modern Indonesian society. Sri Astari lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lochan Upadhyay graduated from the M.S University of Baroda where he is presently reading for this MFA. Influenced by various mediums, his work playfully blends tradition with modernity. He is known for using pieces of sari fabric given to him by the women of a rural village for his large wedding chairs, like a symbolic dowry. Upadhyay has showcased his work across India, New York and Paris. He lives and works in Baroda, India.

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Navin Rawanchaikul’s Mission Navinland, Yavuz Fine Art Singapore

Navin Rawanchaikul is best known for dynamic art pieces that involve direct public interventions, social commentary, and eccentric fictional tales featuring recurring characters. His oeuvre has grown to encompass a broad array of media including performances, billboards, films, comics, games, and cocktails. He has been exhibited widely across Asia, Europe and the USA. Navin Rawanchaikul lives and works in Fukuoka, Japan and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Entang Wiharso’s Feast Table: Undeclared Perceptions, Arndt Berlin/Singapore

Entang Wiharso majored in painting at the Insitut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta and is considered one of the Indonesia’s foremost contemporary artist. He is known for his unique and hyper-detailed style inspired by Indonesian mytholog, contemporary global culture, public memory and personal experience. Entang juxtaposes the past with the present, and the absurd with the real, to cast a critical eye on the state of the world. He lives and works in Rhode Island, USA and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Chen Wen Ling’s Humanities Landscape, Linda Gallery Singapore

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Chen Wen Ling’s Illusory Realm, Linda Gallery Singapore

Chen Wen Ling graduated from Xiamen Academy of Art and Design in 1991. He is known for his provoking and interesting sculptural works that often invoke metaphors and symbols related to Chinese culture. He has been exhibited widely around the world. Chen Wen Ling lives and works in Beijing, China.

MUSE: Airs & Graces Art Exhibition runs from 1 June to 7 July 2013 at Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596

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In conjunction with the art exhibition, Millenia Walk is having the following promotions:

Buoy Up The Finer Side Rewards (1 to 30 June 2013)

Spend $300* and enjoy a Patisserie G’s special-edition art-palette artisan cookie. Top up the spending to $500 and receive an additional jar of gourmet homemade Apricot Confiture with Fresh Thyme from The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore and an art jamming session with Gallery 798. Other spending perks include complimentary 1st hour parking on weekdays and 3 hours on weekends and complimentary gift wrapping with a minimum spending of $50 from the outlets.

*maximum 3 same-day receipts from Millenia Walk. Other conditions apply.

A Life Inspired – Shop, Dine & Revel in the Finer Side (1 to 30 June 2013)

Indulge in guilt-free shopping and dining experience this Great Sale Season at Millenia Walk, select from masterfully crafted timepieces to bespoke tailoring, designer fashion and eclectic cuisines, everyone will surely find something to suit the sartorial bent and excite the palate.

Audi Star Creation Capsule Collection 2013

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From left: Winners of last year’s Audi Star Creation, Soravit Kaewkamon, 24 (Thailand),  Roderic Wong, 28 (China), and  Ko Youngji, 32 (South Korea) have been busy developing their collections under the mentorship of Douglas and Odile Benjamin of leading fashion house F J Benjamin.  The capsule collection by the three 2012 winners debuts during Audi Fashion Festival at the Tent@Marina Promenade on 17 May 2013.

Thai designer, Kaewkamon presents the Beauty of Hornbill, the women’s wear complement to her competition collection last year, featuring defined cuts and strong structure on woven fabric and leather, but with shapes that are more feminine, bolder digital prints and more intricate laser-cut details.

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Soravit Kaewkamon, 24, is a graduate of Silpakorn University with a degree in Decorative Arts. She has participated in and won several fashion design competitions in Thailand, including two awards at the Saha Group Bangkok Young Designers Awards 2010 and her winning menswear collection at SINGHA LIFE 2011. She is currently halfway through her internship with F J Benjamin, where she contributes in both menswear and womenswear design teams. 

South Korean designer, Ko Youngji presents her new collection, La Porte, drawing inspiration from the time she spent in France while studying at the I’Ecole Superieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode (ESMOD). Using primarily pink, violet and ivory, she incorporates the beauty and mystery that centuries-old Parisian doors hold into this collection.

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Ko Youngji, 32, whose grandmother was a hanbok designer, cultivated an interest in fashion through watching her grandmother work, Recently graduated from I’Ecole Superieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) with a degree in fashion design and tailoring, Ko has dedicated over a decade of her life to fashion, starting from her fashion design major in high school back in South Korea. Her creations have been retailing at Korean multi-label shops like ALAND and Lab 5 since 2010. Ko plans to launch Deuxy, a womenswear label, in South Korea later this year.

Winner of last year’s Audi Young Designer Award, Roderic Wong presents Inspiration featuring material manipulation, but in black, violet and navy, contrasting with his 2012 competition collection  which was predominantly white. This collection uses thick and heavy fabrics such as wool and pashmina to complement lighter, more elegant fabrics such as silk, and features more intricate details.

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Roderic Wong, 28, spent most of his childhood in Shanghai but eventually moved to New Zealand to study computing, After receiving his diploma and spending a short period doing odd jobs, Wong realized that fashion was his calling. He then returned to China and completed a two-year course in fashion design at Donghua University before graduating from Raffles Design Institute (Shanghai) in 2012. Wong was crowned a winner of the Audi Star Creation 2012 competition and also earned the Audi Young Desinger Award title for his innovative womenswear collection, Tissue of Being.

A note for budding fashion designers: 

The Singapore Designer Attachment Programme (SDAP) aims to develop fashion design talents in Singapore by providing a platform for designers to gain industry experience under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced supervisors in established Singapore fashion companies. Selected designers will be placed under work attachments with fashion enterprises for a period of 12 months. This programme is managed by Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFf) Singapore and supported b SPRING Singapore.

SDAP is open to Audi Star Creation finalists and participants, as well as graduating designers from the Fashion Design Incubator (FDI) programme of PARCO next NEXT and graduates from local fashion schools such as Lasalle College of the Arts, Raffles Design Institute, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Temasek Polytechnic.

For more information, please refer to TaFf’s website http://www.taff.org.sg/

Special thanks to Christina Chung from Huney’Z World for the beautiful runway photographs. See her blog post at this link: http://huneyzworld.blogspot.sg/2013/05/audi-fashion-festival-2013-audi-star.html