WINETALK: Marc Andre Hugel (Famille Hugel)

Guys. It is February. How did this even happen? I remember I was sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar in Melbourne just several months ago. What has this #adulting done to me?

So anyway if you have been following us on Instagram, you should have noticed that Marc-Andre from Famille Hugel or Marko (he said I can call him that- we’re best buds now) flew to Singapore last weekend! I’ve been researching and writing up on his marketing collaterals since a couple of weeks ago, so to be honest I was pretty excited when he was finally here!

It’s such a different story when you actually get to meet the winemaker himself. I even got to hang out with him over some cocktails and beers!

Story time!

Famille Hugel was founded in 1639, in this little town of Riquewihr in Alsace. They are a 100% family business and have been running the show generation after generation. Marc-Andre (Marko) and his cousin, Jean-Frederic represent the 13th generation of Hugel winemaking.

Ok, so I’m just going to jump into the star of my blog post; Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2010. GUYS. THIS. IS. GREAT.

I’m never really much of a white wine person; the only white I’ve enjoyed was the countless bottles of Moscato I’ve drank with my housemates during my years in Melbourne!

This was different. It doesn’t have that strong acidity you get in normal whites but it is still crisp, light, balanced and on top of that.. my absolute favourite; you get that beautiful flowery scent and because it has a hint of sweetness to it as well, it goes so so well together. I had a sip and turned to my colleague, Shiya and we nodded our heads in agreement (haha!)

This is the type of wine that would be perfect for weddings. It’s just such an elegant wine. So precious, sweet and drinking naturally just puts a smile on your face. I really think you’ll agree with me too.

So I spoke to Marko more about his family, the brand and basically had a wine 101 and what I’ve learnt is that, Famille Hugel is more than just a brand. It is generations upon generations of hard work, pushing through boundaries, trials and errors and sacrifices.

“Always keep the faith” Marko says. “If you lose your faith and hope, you’ll lose your soul and you cannot keep going then”

And I couldn’t agree more.

I threw one last question to Marko. I asked, “So, what’s next?” and his reply was,

“To keep the energy and spirit of the wine so I can continue the legacy of the family.”

Ahh Marko.

I’m personally excited to see what’s next for Famille Hugel and definitely have so much more to get around to!

Marko: Lets say ‘Rieslings!’

Have a good weekend everyone!

P.S. We are having a wine warehouse sale TODAY!!! This means sales items up to 70% off everything! Perfect chance to grab some bottles for CNY or even to get ready for Valentine’s Day! With 200 over labels, you’ll be spoilt for choices. There’s even selected bottles for wine tasting! Details are all below, come one come all!

Date: 3-4 Feb | Sat and Sun

Time: 10am to 5pm

Address: 23 Tagore Lane 787601

Strictly CASH payment only! No NETS.

Credit card payment for purchases above $200.

On-site parking is available; parking charges applies.

Til later,


#adulting; Every mistake teaches you something

As the week winds down, I’m reflecting on what a roller coaster it has been for me. Work has unknowingly piled up and feels like it never ends. Is this what #adulting feels like? Also, making mistakes at work is never easy; especially if you’re new. But I’ll come back to this later.

So at the start of the week I got to tag along with Desmond, who is our superstar in sales (that’s what I’ve been told!) and I got to see him in action with our trade customers. We went to a couple of places such as Barnacles at Customs House. The view they have there are to-die-for!

I’ve actually never been to this area before but I now understand why this place is such a hotspot at night! The view of the Marina Bay skyline is just amazing. It truly makes me appreciate Singapore’s beauty a lot more. I was too engrossed in how gorgeous the view is I’ve forgotten to take a photo. (Sorry guys!)

Don’t you just love it when you play tourist in your own country? Oh how I’ve missed home.

Next up, we went to Bar-Roque Grill which simply just reminds me of Melbourne. The outdoor seatings overlooking the street, cool-looking decor and the bustling sidewalks. All that is missing are buskers on their guitar serenading to you while you have your lunch.

Our last stop was KPO at Killiney Road. I just love the aesthetics of this place! And they have drink specials running for the whole month of Jan too! Anyone up for some drinks this month? (haha!) It was also Elvis Night when I visited that day; think rockabilly hairstyles and Rock n’ Roll!

So.. back to making mistakes. I think as a fresh graduate, the fear of making a mistake at work is always there, no matter how big or small. You’re not 100% confident of what you’re doing and you’re just on 50-50 in your actions.

I made a mistake at work this week. I did not wait to check with Desmond on the final contents of a menu before I got it printed out. And as you can guess it, there was changes to made so there goes 15x copies of my menus into the bin.

Not the worst thing that could have happened but of course I was wasting paper, time and resources and this could have all been easily avoided. & I should have also known better too. But you learn, and you become more careful next time. So I think I’m pretty lucky to have understanding bosses and a good working/learning environment which I’m thankful for.  

I guess what I’m trying to say is; Confidence in yourself and your work should be the key but sometimes you just need to take a step back, breathe, focus and think.

Phew- what a long week!

Stay safe this weekend guys.

Till next time,

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,