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WINE PINNACLE AWARDS


The Wine Pinnacle Awards is the only unique wine award based on nominations, where the most talented panel of wine professionals forming our jury, are invited to nominate and vote for the very best wines ahead of the event. Wines from anywhere in the world may be nominated without any restrictions of origin or entry fees, and the voting will take place electronically by way of a secured online portal. With this process, we aim to produce results that are inclusive and representative of the opinions of the world’s leading wine professionals and experts – making The Wine Pinnacle Awards truly authoritative, prestigious and unique.

GENTING SINGAPORE


Genting Singapore Limited (“Genting Singapore” or “Company”) was incorporated in 1984 in the Isle of Man. The Company was converted into a public limited company on 20 March 1987 and listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited on 12 December 2005. Genting Singapore re-domiciled and transferred its registration from the Isle of Man to Singapore on 1 June 2018. Genting Singapore is a constituent stock of the Straits Times Index and is one of the largest companies in Singapore by market capitalisation. The principal activities of Genting Singapore and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) are in the development, management and operation of integrated resort destinations including gaming, hospitality, MICE, leisure and entertainment facilities.

Since 1984, the Group has been at the forefront of gaming and integrated resort development in Australia, the Bahamas, Malaysia, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Singapore. Genting Singapore owns Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, an award-winning destination resort and one of the largest integrated resort destinations in Asia, offering a casino, S.E.A. Aquarium (one of the world’s largest Oceanariums), Adventure Cove Waterpark, Universal Studios Singapore theme park, hotels, MICE facilities, celebrity chef restaurants and specialty retail outlets.

AWARD PROCESS


The Wine Pinnacle Awards is the only nominations-based wine award in the world. This difference sets it apart from other submissions-based awards that require an entry fee and submissions for blind tasting, allowing for a more diverse selection founded on merit.

1. Yielding the Award Categories


The Technical Committee convenes to dissect current wine trends and deliberate on the performance of vintages before jointly establishing the Award Categories for the year.

2. Forming the Award Jury


The Technical Committee will put together a list of candidates that they deem are suitable to be a part of the Jury. Candidates will then receive an invitation letter from Wine Pinnacle Awards and upon accepting the invite to be a part of the Jury. Members will receive access to a Jury Portal which enables them to perform their Jury responsibilities anywhere in the world.

3. Voting Phase


During this phase, Jury Members will log into the online Jury portal to submit their votes to rank the top 9 wines/personalities in each award category in order of preference. Each rank represents a pre-determined amount of points and these points will be tabulated at the end of the Ranking phase.

5. Award Ceremony & Gala Dinner


The winner of each award category will be announced at a black-tie award ceremony in Singapore attended by wine luminaries from around the world. Award winners will receive the award trophy from the Wine Pinnacle Awards Technical Committee.

Key guests in the past includes the Ambassador to Singapore from key wine-making regions such as Australia, Chile, Spain, Italy and France, and wine personalities such as Joel Butler MW, Bob Paulinski MW, Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Totte Steneby MS, Helen Masters, Saša Radikon, Mateja Gravner, Luke Lambert, and more.

4. Announcement of Top 5 Nominees


After the ranking phase is complete, the points will be compiled and tabulated. An independent audit team will then verify the tabulation of the results. The nominee with the most amount of points will be considered the winner in its respective category.

In an event of a tie-breaker, the Technical Committee will be called upon to deliberate.

The list of Top 5 nominees of each award category will be announced in alphabetical order via a press release.

6. Post Award Marketing for Award Winners & Nominees


The winners of each award category will also be announced via a press release and at a press conference held immediately after the Award Ceremony.

Attendees of the Award Ceremony will receive a Wine Pinnacle Awards Wine Guide with details of the award winners along with interviews with award-winning personalities on trending wine topics. The Wine Guide will also be distributed to top bars and restaurants in the Southeast Asia Region.


2019 AWARD CATEGORIES


The Awards are made up of categories that have been rigorously designed to highlight the best wines without restrictions based on the country of origin or imposing award fees. Delightful young wines rub shoulders with the finest mature vintages, unveiling a world of new sensations for enthusiasts and social drinkers alike. Wines that would otherwise fly under the radar of many consumers, such as organic wines or that made by small wine producers (in some cases, both), bring to light its varied and nuanced landscape. Most notably, the awards is the first in the world to rate mature wines that are ready to drink, a wholly extraordinary affair as these wines are rarely submitted by wineries for competition.


MATURE WINES

The vintage selections for this category have been carefully chosen to ensure that the vintage proposed for each region and style is one that is at its optimal drinking window now. Many fine wines are taken too young or too late, and the Mature Wines category ensures that you are getting the most pleasure from your wine by enjoying a vintage at its peak maturity.


Best 1996 Vintage Bordeaux

Best 1999 Vintage Barolo

Best 2002 Vintage Champagne

Best 2002 Vintage Burgundy Red

Best 2005 Vintage Burgundy Red

Best 2005 Vintage Rioja / Ribera Del Duero

Best 2007 Vintage Tuscan Red

Best 2008 Vintage Australian Shiraz / Syrah

Best 2008 Vintage Burgundy White

Best 2009 Vintage Cabernet Based California Wine


RECENT RELEASES

Featuring wines commonly found in bottle shops or restaurants, these young recent releases vary from one to three years old and are readily available. This category offers guidance on wines that easy to find in the market that you should buy now to either enjoy right away or age in your own cellar.


Best Recent Release: New World Pinot Noir

Best Recent Release: Non-Burgundy Chardonnay

Best Recent Release: Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine

Best Recent Release: Sauvignon Blanc

Best Recent Release: South American Red


UNIQUE

Encompassing a wide range of wines that do not fit neatly into mature or recent releases, this category offers diverse and interesting wines in categories not often found in other wine competitions.


Best Chinese Red

Best Organic / Natural Wine Of The Year

Best Rosé In The World

Black Swan Of The Year (Most Thought Provoking Wine)

Best Friend Of The Earth (Most Environmentally-Conscious)
 

Best Young Winemaker Of The Year (Under 40)

Top Wine Influencer (Under 45)

Unsung Hero
 


HIDDEN TREASURES

Uncovering hidden jewels in the world of wines, we hope to surprise and entice you to go beyond your comfort zone and try one of these hidden treasures that wine professionals are already in love.

 

Hidden Treasures: Australia

Hidden Treasures: Bordeaux

Hidden Treasures: Burgundy

Hidden Treasures: Piedmont
 


TECHNICAL COMMITTEE'S CHOICE

Celebrating wines and wine estates that represents the spirit of excellence and dedication to quality, this award is presented unanimously by the five members of the Wine Pinnacle Awards technical committee.

 

Grand Jury Award: Winery

Grand Jury Award: Individual
 

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