This year's top 10 wines for The Business Times Wine Challenge 2015 - CEOs' Choice 10 wines were unveiled on Oct 9. In partnership with UBS, the awards ceremony took place at UBS AG headquarters at One Raffles Quay and saw over 200 attendees comprising C-level executives, PMEBs, SME business owners and wine distributors.
In July, a record of 176 entries were submitted by wine companies and merchants based in Singapore. 50 Judges’ Picks were then shortlisted by a panel of industry experts comprising chief judge Lim Hwee Peng, Maximilien Fedkiw, founder and sommelier of Le Bistro du Sommelier, and Timothy Goh, Les Amis Group’ director of wines. The panel was assisted by two guest judges – Kelvin Tay, managing partner and group sommelier mentor at The White Rabbit, and Kenneth Au Hon Man, Resorts World Sentosa’s chief sommelier.
Then, in August, The Business Times invited 10 CEOs to pick the top 10 wines, including Chris Chong of Orchard Turn Developments, Ms Rosalynn Tay of Dentsu Aegis Network/Singapore and Mr KC Lai of MyRepublic.
BT editor Mr Alvin Tay said: “The enthusiastic response to this year’s BT Wine Challenge, and the rise in the quality of the wines entered, underscore the relevance of the awards to wine enthusiasts and the wine industry. The CEOs’ Choice is clearly a choice that matters.”
Each of the 50 Judges’ Picks was featured in BT over five Saturdays, from Sept 5 to Oct 3, in the run-up to the awards ceremony. 15 readers of The Business Times also got a chance to win an exclusive invitation for two to attend the awards ceremony, via an in-paper contest that was held alongside the featured stories.
Mr Raymond Ang, Regional Market Manager Singapore, UBS Wealth Management, said: "UBS is delighted to continue our partnership with The Business Times for the BT Wine Challenge 2015 CEOs' Choice. Wine has long been an integral part of our culture and lifestyle but the sophistication of enthusiasts and the expertise that they bring to bear when they come to purchase, store and ultimately drink the wines of the world continues to grow exponentially."
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