Update: MOT 2020 has been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus situation.
In trying times, wine is there to soothe. This year’s Matter of Taste (MOT) will be held at Regent Hotel Singapore, before making its way across the globe to cities like Zurich and Shanghai.
In its sixth iteration, MOT is one of the largest public wine events in Singapore, where guests can taste over 200 wines – each rated 90 points and above by Robert Parker – at the Grand Walkabout Tasting . The vinos will come from all over the world and feature a range that includes labels like Le Dome Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2016; to a 2010 Ribolla from cult natural wine producers Gravner.
There’ll also be a chance to meet some of the names behind the leading wine reviewing site. Present at the Grand Walkabout will be Monica Larner, who covers Italian wines; and the reviewer for Australia, New Zealand, and the South of France, Joe Joe Czerwinski.
MOT 2020 will also feature a series of masterclasses headed by the Robert Parker wine reviewers. Highlights include a showcase of prominent French winemakers who have headed to the new world, Australia; and an insight into life after Super Tuscans – a classification that has, arguably, become outdated.
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For those that want to look beyond the noble, international grape varieties, there’s Unicamente Italiano, a masterclass that introduces some of indigenous grape varieties from Italy, where over 300 documented native grapes grow.
Wine naturally calls for food, and MOT will be hosting themed wine dinners – from a Rhone retrospective of some of the regions most memorable labels, paired with Chinese cuisine; to the highlight of the entire event: the Grand Finale dinner where participants bring their own bottles (like at Burgundy bonanza La Paulee) to share with fellow vinophiles alongside a 15-course dinner.
More information and tickets here.