Another Week, Another Masterclass!

So an exciting part about my work here at Monopole is that I get to help out, tag along to events and meet  the different winemakers or brand rep when they are in town. So this week, we had the ever-so-handsome Jorge from the Symington Family Estate, in Singapore to conduct a wine masterclass at SIA Training Centre to a bunch of very good-looking ladies and gents (#SQpride!). The session was very well-received with a full-house of 30 pax showing up! He showed 5 different wines; two red wines of the P+S range and three different Graham’s Port range.

I wasn’t lying when I said he was good looking!

Jorge with the SIA crew!

So, I’ve heard of Port wines before but I’ve never really knew what it was so I’ve always just brush it off thinking it’s just another type of wine.

But oh guys, how wrong was I about it being “just another type of wine”.

Port wines tastes like little drops of raisins/plum in liquid form. You take little sips of it and just wait for that sweetness and concentration to.. Explode. Yes, explode should be the right word. Oh how I absolutely loved it.

I cannot describe how good it taste but you need to give it a try. The taste lingers on after and at first you might be like “oh this is too sweet” and yes, I get that too but after that, you’ll start craving for it. You’ll reach out for that glass and say “Hmm maybe I’ll take another sip.” I swear that was my thought process throughout the tasting.

So this delicious bottle of goodness is from Portugal. The bottle is very sexy looking and gives that fancy, sitting-by-the-fire kind of look. It’s sleek looking and could be very instagrammable. Here is me trying to make it insta-worthy.

Someone teach me how to make this #instaworthy

And I know- it bugged me that my shoes aren’t align.. I’ll try again next time!

Y’know what’s interesting? It’s called Six Grapes because in ancient times (well, really long ago), it’s a rating system for the winemakers to indicate the quality of the wine in the barrels (1- lowest, 6- highest) so that the staff doesn’t drink from the ‘6 grapes ratings’ (good wines) barrels! So think of this as your star ratings like hotels ★★★★★

Up close look of the bottle!

Hit me up at @monopolesg on Instagram if you would like to find out which trades are selling this by the glass so you can try it yourself! But if you have tried Port before and didn’t like it, hit me up anyway and we can argue about it (haha)

Well, Singapore has been pretty wet and cold lately but upside is, it’s the perfect weather for a glass (or two!) of port at night *wink*

Stay safe and have a great weekend guys!

Till next time,

Drinking on the first day of work?

So let’s backtracked a little to my first day at work.

Michael (boss): Hey Winnie! It’s your lucky day, you’re off to help out at a wine masterclass this afternoon. Telmo Rodriguez (winemaker) is coming down to give a seminar on his wines. He’s what we call ‘Rioja’s number one Terroirist’.

Me (talking to myself in my head): He’s a what? Terro-ro? And we’re drinking on a Monday?

But of course I was excited to be attending an event, especially on my first day!

Things I’ve learnt from Telmo’s wine masterclass:

  1. Rioja is a wine region in spain, absolutely beautiful!
  2. Indicating the name of the village on the label in which the fruits are grown, is illegal #interestingfact
  3. Telmo produces rare and limited bottles because #qualityoverquantity
  4. It’s all about character and quality starting from the soil on the ground to the individual growers itself #passion
  5. One of his range is called the Lanzaga which points to a village called Lantziego. This is as close as the law (see point 2) allows Telmo to say, “this wine is from here”

So Telmo has a huge range of wine but I was more keen in his Lantziego wines; Altos Lanzaga Tempranillo, Lanzaga Tempranillo and LZ  (partly because it reminds me of my sisters and I; I’ll explain more!)

#1. Altos Lanzaga Tempranillo; it is a hand-made, in a single vineyard wine (which focused on holistic and ethical approach to viticulture; Biodynamic farming!) Similar to the rest but with more character!

Being the ‘older sister’ in the series, you can expect a super intense flavour profile; rich, warm, smoky tobacco, red fruit flavours! As you sip on it, you’ll definitely began to understand that this isn’t just like any other wine. It is different; you can’t put your finger on it, but you know it’s a good wine.

So my oldest sister is just like Altos- strong, independent, intense (at times!) but she is like an excellent wine, has her own character and that’s what make her unique. But I’ve always said that I’m the nicer version of her. Haha!

#2. Lanzaga Tempranillo; this is the gentle-oaked big sister to LZ. It is handled separately, a very natural wine of the earth, the backbone of the whole Lanzaga series and it’s a true sense of what Rioja is all about.

I thought this tasted just slightly different to Altos. But a much milder taste as compared to and it leaves an excellent aftertaste which I really like! It’s such a lovely wine, I can tell why it’s the star of Telmo’s range!

So, this is just like my 2nd sister- similar to our oldest (like Altos!) but milder and she’s the go-to for anything. But, I’ll probably debate about if she’s the ‘star’ of the family though! (haha)

And lastly, #3, LZ Tempranillo; this is the youngest and most accessible wine in the line up, it is a fresh and straightforward wine and is an authentic expression of it’s harvest.

After tasting Altos, and Lanzaga, this definitely tasted much milder but yet still rich and smooth, a bit spicy after-kick and I could smell the smoky aromas waft from the glass!

And so I guess this leaves myself as LZ since I’m the youngest! I’d say I’m pretty easy-going and you’ll love to have me around just like this wine! (or at least I hope so!)

All in all, the whole Lanzaga range is excellent. It’s similar yet so different in each of his own ways and when you understand the story behind each of the wines, you’ll start to appreciate the taste even more.

So I guess that’s how my first day at work went! Overwhelming would be an understatement but I am excited to see what’s to come next.

Till later,

P.S. just in case you don’t know what ‘terroirist’ means either, it refers to a person who believes that the environmental conditions where the grapes are grown (specifically the soil and climate), gives a wine its unique flavor and aroma!

P.P.S. That’s me, Jennie (2nd), Connie (1st) and Bobby! (You might have seen him on our Instagram but if you haven, go show him some love there!

Welcome to Monopole!

Happy 2018 everyone!

We’re steering towards something different this year and we just want to say a huge thank you to all of our traders, producers and everyone who have supported us throughout the years!

The purpose of this blog is a way for us to show everyone a more intimate side of what Monopole is all about; this includes it’s people, the behind-the-scenes, our values and of course, our wines.

A bit more information about myself; my name is Winnie, 23, marketing grad and now part of the Monopole family as a Marketing Executive. Stepping into Monopole, or the wine industry in general itself was very exciting, I definitely wasn’t expecting to land a job like this (but that will a post for another day!)

The wine industry has always been perceived as an ‘exclusive club’ where you get your connoisseur; or what we call them, the ‘atas’ people. But of course, the younger crowd is catching up and they want to learn more about what they are drinking, and what those fancy words on the wine list at restaurants and bars actually mean!

And I hear you, that’s literally me too. And especially being in the industry now, I need to get knowledgeable, fast.

So think about this blog as your go-to for wine education, advice, recommendations, all in layman terms written by myself, so both you and I can actually understand it! And trust me, we’re all on the same page.

Stay with me and read all about my journey at Monopole, the wine industry and everything else in-between! I promise you it’ll be interesting.

Till later!