I was introduced to Chris from across the globe. My chef friend, Joel Trueblood, put me in contact with Chris via Facebook when he heard I was moving to Singapore. Chris and I have now met up a couple times to discuss wine and living in Singapore. He’s very knowledgable about wines, having studied wine and winemaking in Australia. After his coursework in AU, Chris had the opportunity to return to Chile (where he previously owned restaurants and worked as a chef) and immediately purchased land and began experimenting with the different wines that make up PengWine. Chris loves to educate drinkers of his wine in the history of the grapes used, types of wood barrels they’re aged in, histories, penguin facts and anything else of interest – someone seeking to put wine drinkers at ease and increase their enjoyment. In the picture above he’s talking grapes with a tasting guest.
The event was held at the Asia Wine Network (very near to our Chinatown restoration flat). The intimate shop is a perfect location for tastings or other small wine gatherings. The staff was friendly and attentive throughout the event. According to the staff they are looking to do more networking and social events in the shop and sponsored events elsewhere around town, so get in contact if you’d like to stay informed of any future wine events/promotions they might run.
We sampled four different wine varietals starting with theMagellan 2005 Chardonnaypalate. I’m not a huge fan or knowledgeable of whites so I just listened to the group on this one.
Next up was the Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec
The tasting finished with the Humboldt Reserve 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
currently no more than 500 cases of any one varietal a year. The team put together educational table tents that talk about the wine, the grapes used, and a fun factoid about the namesake penguin – all things that increase the overall experience of drinking the wine.
I look forward to tasting more of the wines – one was just awarded an 89 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, but sadly wasn’t present at the tasting. PengWine is available in the US and is building a following in Singapore. Check out where it’s available on their website.
Asia Wine Network