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    Singapore is the first country in Asia to sell the D-Vine wine dispenser

    We are not referring to the lady in the picture above or a human sommelier of course. D-Vine, a dispenser that serves your wine with perfect aeration and temperature wants you to enjoy your wine by taking the guess work out of the picture.

    Calling it a new revolution in wine technology, the team behind D-vine have created a machine that is simple to use and understated in a bid to improve the way you enjoy and interact with wine. “The idea of D-vine grew from my frustrations in getting a glass of good wine with the perfect oxygenation and temperature when I needed it”, said Thibaut Jarrousse, CEO of 10-Vins. “Our objective is pure and simple: everyone deserves a glass of perfect wine – whenever they want it,” he adds. Now, that is a statement we can all agree to.

    There is a caveat, in order to achieve that perfect glass of wine in a minute, you need to order the wine from the company. That means, although the wine is perfect when served through D-Vine, it is not any wine you want. You have to order flacons, a test-tube like container that dispense 100ml of wine from their still budding wine list.

    The reason is because D-Vine works with a RFID tag affixed to the flacons. When you insert a flacon into the machine, a sensor detects whether it is a red or white wine before dispensing the wine with the right temperature. The RFID tag serves another purpose. Tapping it with a NFC-enabled smart phone will give you details about the wine you are drinking, hopefully making you a wine connoisseur in no time. Although we have no problem finishing a bottle of wine, D-Vine is useful when you only want a night cap or a reward for a hard day’s work.

    How D-Vine selects its wine

    All wines in D-Vine’s wine list goes through tasting and selection by D-Vine’s selection committee, which includes their in-house oenologist Beatrice Dominé, who meets with winegrowers regularly. Beatrice, who is also a restaurant owner herself also gives recommendations for food pairings with the wines through D-Vine’s website. According to D-Vine, the committee is committed to source the best wines from around the world and offer it to Singaporean and other owners of the machine.

    D-Vine flacons
    D-Vine works only with these flacons

    D-Vine wine list

    No Wine Vintage Tasting notes Region Winery
    1 Brouilly “La Roche” 2014 Raspberry, currant, pepper Beaujolais Domaine des Cadoles
    2 Côtes de bourg 2010 Full-bodied,
    black fruits
    Bordeaux ChâteauLe Clos du Notaire
    3 Bordeaux Supérieur “Cuvée Raphaël” 2010 Blackcurrant, liquorice, cedar Bordeaux Château de Parenchère
    4 Médoc 2010 Raspberry, cherry Bordeaux Château Hourbanon
    5 Pomerol 2013 Undergrowth, candied blackberries Bordeaux La Rose Figeac
    6 St Julien Grand Cru Classé 2012 Blackcurrant,
    Bordeaux Château Beychevelle
    7 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Perrières” 2010 Fruity Bourgogne Domaine Muzard
    8 Saint Chinian “Vieilles Vignes” 2012 Liquorice, caramel Languedoc Roussillon Domaine Belles Courbes
    9 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueuil “Vau Jaumier” 2012 Cherry, strawberry Loire Domaine de la Cotelleraie
    10 Bandol rouge 2012 Candied citrus fruit, spices Provence Domaine de la Suffrène
    11 Châteauneuf du Pape 2011 Cocoa, kirsch Rhone Domaine de la Graveirette
    12 Côte Rôtie 2013 Raspberry, peppery Rhone Domaine Stéphane Pichat
    13 Saint Joseph 2013 Black cherries, blueberries and peppery aromas Rhone Domaine Laurent Habrard
    14 Cahors 2011 Morello cherry, bay laurel, black olive Sud Ouest Château du Cèdre
    1 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru “Kessler” Vendanges Tardives 2011 Lychees, ripe pears and
    Alsace Domaine Dirler-Cadé
    2 Riesling Grand Cru “Saering” 2011 Mineral and lemony Alsace Domaine Dirler-Cadé
    3 Sauternes Grand Cru Classé 2012 Honey and candied apple Bordeaux Château de Malle
    4 Coteaux du Layon 2014 Fruity Loire Château Soucherie
    5 Muscadet “Prestige” 2012 Floral, fruity Loire Domaine Bruno Cormerais
    6 Savennières Roche aux Moines 2010 Pear, soft spice Loire Domaine FL
    7 Hermitage 2013 2013 Spices, blackberries Rhone Domaine Laurent Habrard
    1 Rosé Côte de Provence 2015 Exotic fruits, peach Provence Domaine de l’Anticaille – Miss Vicky Wine

    Singapore is the first country in Asia selling the D-Vine dispenser, and only 50 units will be available for sale before 2017. The D-Vine dispenser is really a luxury item, one that you can impress your dinner guests with for S$1,790. For now, we feel that the wine dispenser fits more into the bedroom or a luxury hotel rather than your HDB kitchen. Even if you are willing to fork out that sum, you will also have to order the wine flacons that cost between S$9 to S$39. But for now, the future seems bright for the young company as wine drinkers in the region continues to grow in the region. If 10-Vins can create more affordable mini D-Vine, there might be a chance of becoming the “Nespresso” of the wine industry.

    For more information on the dispenser, visit www.dvine.com.sg.

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      Wine Fiesta 2015

      Singapore’s largest annual outdoor wine festival ‘Wine Fiesta 2015’ is back! This year, the fiesta will feature 70 winemakers and a whopping 350 wine labels. Presented by The Straits Wine Company (the GrateNews team likes hanging out at their city outlets) this year’s fiesta will also showcase 4 Singaporean chefs and several local bands to celebrate Singapore’s jubilee year.

      Held from 22 to 25 October 2015 at Clifford Square (beside Fullerton Bay Hotel), organisers hope to offer a multi- sensory, 360-degree experience with the added dimension of gastronomic delights and entertainment for guests. Singaporean chefs, Malcom Lee from Candlenut, Bjorn Shen from Artichoke, Anthony Yeoh from Cocotte and Matthew Mok from The Rabbit Stash will each be presenting three original dishes specially created for this event and pairing it with selected wines.


      But the highlight of the fiesta is definitely the wine itself. Over 350 wine labels will be represented this year and guests can interact with over 70 global winemakers and find out more about wine, tips on how to best enjoy these grape ‘juice’ and learn how different glassware can affect the wine drinking experience.

      “Wine Fiesta has grown from strength to strength every year and we are incredibly excited to present a fun, all-encompassing event this year with the talents of home-grown chefs and local musicians melding for a complete multi-sensory wine experience,” said Ms Kathy Lim-Sheehy, the Group CEO of The Straits Wine Company.

      Wine Highlights

      Showcasing an extensive range of old and new world wines, visitors to Wine Fiesta 2015 can expect wines such as:

      1. AIX Rosé 2014, Coteaux d’ Aix en Provence, FRANCE
        Multiple award-winning organic Provence Rosé, with two illustrious Gold Medals under its belt in the 2015 grand tastings in France.
      2. Viña Pedrosa “Gran Reserva” 2006, Ribera del Duero, SPAIN
        Family-run Viña Pedrosa is one of the pioneers of the region of Ribera del Duero in Spain. Making wines with a focus on tradition, this beautiful Tempranillo with a splash of Cabernet is aged for five years before release.
      3. Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Grand Selezione 2011, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, ITALY
        Helmed by the Ricasoli family, the founders and creators of Chianti Classico, this historical estate is the oldest winery in Italy and the second oldest family winery in the world. This iconic Chianti Classico wine is the statement wine of the Ricasoli family with only the best selections of grapes from their estates.

      Wine Masterclasses

      While you can sample and buy wines at the event, you can also participate in some of the wine masterclasses focusing on different wine related topics. These highlights include:

      1. French and Australian winemakers will discuss their different Sauvignon Blanc styles and guests can experience wines cultivated in two very different terroirs during this session.
      2. A special PLUMM glass masterclass will showcase how difference glassware brings out the best in your wine.
      3. Wine and food pairing masterclass with dishes presented by the four local chefs featured at Wine Fiesta.

      All masterclasses are FREE and registration will be onsite on a first-come-first-served basis. So be there early if you are heading down.

      The fiesta will kick off on 22 October with an exclusive Winemaker’s Table Dinner where diners get to sample 75 iconic wines and vintages hosted by winemakers. The dinner will be prepared by the four home-grown chefs and will be held at The Fullerton Bay Hotel.

      Tickets prices for Wine Fiesta 2015

      Tickets are now available through SISTIC or all 11 Straits Wine Company retails stores islandwide.

      • Winemaker’s Table Dinner $228++ per ticket
      • Walkabout ticket prices $50 per ticket, $99 for three
        Standard Chartered Bank Card Members gets 10% off regular ticket and bundle ticket price

      Wine Fiesta 2015 programme

      Dates: 23-25 October 2015
      Venue: Clifford Square, 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326
      Opening Party: Winemaker’s Table Dinner (22 Oct): 6.30pm – 10pm (limited tickets available)

      • Day 1 (23 Oct): 4pm – 10pm
      • Day 2 (24 Oct): 12pm – 10pm
      • Day 3 (25 Oct): 12pm – 9pm