Top 100 Wines Honoured by The Peak’s Gourmet & Travel Magazine

Sylvester Ng ICONExtract of Sylvester Ng’s speech delivered on December 28th, 2013 during the G Top 100 wines Awards ceremony at V on Shenton Show suites. Sylvester is the Project Editor of The Peak Selections: Gourmet and Travel.

Enjoying a bottle of good wine is all about about emotions and memories.


Last month, I was in Vietnam for a private dinner with Michel Roux in Maison 1881. If you are not familiar with the great talent of Michel Roux, he is the mentor for many celebrity chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Macro Pierre White and Luke Mangan. Michel’s restaurant in London, Waterside Inn, is known to have held a 3 Michelin star – solidly – for a period of 25 years.


Dinner with Michel Roux was an intimate one with only 6 other people. After dinner, he brought us to his wine cellar, and showed us some of his favourite labels. I was pleasantly surprised that most of the wine he loves are not the most expensive labels, nor the well known ones, but are those that have a memorable story attached.


As he held up each bottle happily narrating the unique story behind each bottle with gusto, it was clear that the narrative roused a well of emotions – from joy, to laughter, to fondness – all beautiful memories that added even more character to each wine.


The G Top 100 Wines would not be at all possible if not for Edwin Soon and the esteemed judges on our wine panel. Judges, thank you for your time, your commitment and your passion.


I will also like to thank all the wine distributors and sponsors that have very generously support the wine awards to make tonight’s event possible.


On the note of happy memories, I have a piece of good news to share, last week our magazine received 6 awards in the International Creative Media Awards in Germany in the category of Cover design, photography and story telling.


Lastly, heartiest congratulations to all 100 winning wines and for being the best of the best in The Peak’s Gourmet & Travel’s Top 100!

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