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The Business Times Wine Challenge 2015 – CEOs’ Choice

Top 10 wines selected by CEOs revealed at awards ceremony

Singapore, 9 October 2015
  The Business Times (BT), Singapore’s leading financial daily, announced the results of The Business Times Wine Challenge 2015 – CEOs' Choice at an awards ceremony at UBS AG, One Raffles Quay, today. The wine awards, which are into their third year, are held in partnership with Swiss banking group UBS AG. 

In July, a record 176 entries were submitted by registered wine wholesale companies and merchants based in Singapore. These wines came in standard 750ml bottles and are commercially available in Singapore at hotels, restaurants, bars and specialist wine retail shops at a minimum retail price of S$50 (before GST). 

50 were then shortlisted as "Judges’ Picks" 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. They were 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 chef sommelier.

The finals were held in August, where 10 CEOs’ Choice wines were picked by a panel of CEO wine connoisseurs.

· Mr Raymond Ang, Managing Director & Regional Market Manager, Singapore, UBS Wealth Management

· Mr Chris Chong, Chief Executive Officer, Orchard Turn Developments

· Mr Christopher Lim, Editor, BT Digital

· Mr Patrick Chong, Chief Executive Officer, The Luxasia Group

· Dr Wong Chiang Yin, President, Thomson Medical Centre Ltd

· Mr K C Lai, Chief Commercial Officer, MyRepublic

· Mr Michael Su, Partner, Kwee & Partners

· Ms Rosalynn Tay, Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network/Singapore

· Ms Leny Suparman, Group Chief Executive Officer, KOP Limited

· Mr Alex Dong, Chief Executive Officer, Transcenden Global Pte Ltd

They tasted the wines blind – without visible labels– and scored them on aroma, complexity, balance, intensity and length of flavour.

The 10 CEOs' Choice winners for 2015 are: 

1. Domaine Pierre Labet Meursault Les Tillets 2012, Corney & Barrow Ltd 
2. Pierro Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2012, Hai Choo Wines & Spirits 
3. Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2013, Alfa International Pte Ltd 
4. Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir 2012, Sarment Pte Ltd
5. Byron, Santa Barbara, Pinot Noir 2013, Enoteca Co. Ltd 
6. Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  2011, Richfield Brands & Services Pte Ltd 
7. Remoissenet Pere & Fils Nuits St Georges 2010, Le Sommelier Consulting 
8. Chateau Certan de May, Pomerol, 2009, Vinum Fine Wines 
9. Yves Cuilleron Crozes Hermitage Rouge Laya 2012, Alfa International Pte Ltd 
10.Bodegas Epifanio Rivera, Ribera del Duero, Tinto Fino 2011, KAL Wine Source Pte LtdTwo new award categories have been added this year to reflect industry trends and create more opportunities to recognise quality winesThe inaugural UBS trophies were awarded to the following:

Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  2011 (Richfield Brands & Services Pte Ltd) as the CEOs’ Choice for Top Contemporary Wine 2015 

Chateau Certan de May, Pomerol, 2009 (Vinum Fine Wines) as CEOs’ Choice for Top Classic Wine 2015 

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."
Mr Alvin Tay, Editor of The Business Times, 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 5 September to 3 October, in the run-up to the awards ceremony.

The partners who supported the BT Wine Challenge 2015 - CEOs' Choice are Temasek Polytechnic as the tasting coordinator, Park Hotel Group as the catering partner and Samsung as the TV partner.

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