Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Parker? I Didn't Even Know 'er...

Probably the best-known wine critic in the world (hey, he was the first and for many years, the only one I knew of), Robert Parker will be landing in Hong Kong this November, taking in a series of wine-tasting events and dinner organised by Hermitage Wines Singapore, under the umbrella heading "Parker in Asia 2011: Demystifying Robert Parker's Wine Advocate". Along with the man of honour himself will be other key members of the Wine Advocate team, on board to help unveil the logic behind wine-tasting.

Now the question, readers, is this: how much would you pay to meet the world's leading wine luminary and peek inside his brain (or palate, as it were)? On November 9, up to 200 guests can pay US$950 to sit in on a master class and guided blind tasting at AMC.

The same evening, there's an "Up Close and Personal Dinner with Robert Parker" at Petrus at the Island Shangri-La, at which you'll sit at the same table as Parker and join him in tasting 10 world-class wines with a specially created tasting menu. Want in on that? Get your paddle ready to wave -- it's by charity auction only, starting bid US$10,000. Half of the winning bids go to Operation Santa Claus.

"Les Fruits de la Vigne" is the Hermitage's annual signature wine dinner at AMC, bringing together top wine critics, chefs and of course, vino itself. It's hosted by Neal Martin and Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW of Wine Advocate, and runs up a tab of US$1,800 a head.

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