Results for the 18 categories were announced at the highly anticipated celebration of prestige and innovation.
Technical Committee Members of the Wine Pinnacle Awards 2022 presented by Resorts World Sentosa.
From left to right: Oz Clarke, Doug Frost MW & MS, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Kenichi Ohashi MW, Andreas Larsson.
SINGAPORE, 1 November 2022 – The prestigious black-tie soirée, the Wine Pinnacle Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2022 celebrated 18 winners of the second edition of Wine Pinnacle Awards presented by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). Of the awards given out in the evening, the ‘Technical Committee’s Choice’ was the most coveted title. The award was presented unanimously by the five members of The Technical Committee to Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines.
The distinguished event at Resorts World Ballroom within Resorts World Convention Centre at RWS in Singapore hosted nearly 500 of the leading figures and luminaries in the wine world which included distinguished winemakers, top wine professionals, and wine enthusiasts alike. The much-awaited celebration was the finale of a five-day programe that featured exclusive wine dinners, industry masterclasses, and a two-day symposium.
Mr. Tan Hee Teck, CEO of Resorts World Sentosa, said “It’s a pleasure to see a great variety of guests from all over the world represented here tonight. The diversity on display – both in terms of attendees and the geographical origin of the nominees – beautifully demonstrates the dedication of the Wine Pinnacle Awards to celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and excellence. Leading a business, let alone a vintage, to triumph can be an uphill battle, and, as such, we are eager to shine the spotlight on the commitment, ability, and sheer hard work of our deserving nominees and winners. I wish them the best of luck for the future and congratulate them on their win in these prestigious awards.”
A Celebration of Excellence
After months of anticipation, the 18 winners of the 2022 Wine Pinnacle Awards were revealed and celebrated as guests indulged in an exquisite eight-hands, four-course collaboration dinner, specially curated by four of the most talented and renowned chefs in the world: chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier (2 Michelin stars, Maison Dunand Bangkok), chef Cedric Vongerichten (Wayan, New York), chef Guillaume Galliot (3 Michelin stars, Caprice Hong Kong) and chef Olivier Bellin (2 Michelin stars, L’Auberge des Glazicks). The chefs each presented a course meticulously paired with rare and exceptional wines from Domaine de Montille, Château Léoville-Las Cases, and Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm.
“As a chef, it’s all about tasting, discovering, and having an open mind. Like wine, as it ages and becomes more elegant and refined, the more I travel, the more knowledge I gather, and I get better and better with age and experience as long as there is passion in the mind,” explained three-star Michelin Chef Guillaume Galliot.
Wine Pinnacle Awards Nomination Process
The Technical Committee comprises five internationally renowned wine experts, Committee Chairwoman Ms. Jeannie Cho Lee of Hong Kong, Mr. Andreas Larsson of Sweden, Mr.Doug Frost of the United States, Mr. Kenichi Ohashi of Japan, and Mr Oz Clarke of the United Kingdom. They were responsible for establishing the award categories and the nomination structure, forming a credible panel of jury members from different parts of the world, including Asia, the US, and Europe, and overseeing the nomination process to ensure a focus on diversity, quality, and merit. The results are the culmination of the expert opinions of 61 of the world’s leading wine professionals – among whom are 38 masters of Wine, 6 Master Sommeliers, and 6 ASI Best Sommeliers.
Votes by the jury were gathered by way of a secure and anonymous online nomination ballot. Each jury member submitted up to nine votes for wines and makers in each category, according to their preference. Each wine and winemaker then received a total number of points after an audit of each vote. Nominees with the highest points are the winners of their category.
The Wine Pinnacle Awards team prides itself on the validity of the awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to honor those most deserving for their brilliance and work ethic, distinguishing them from their peers and proving them worthy of recognition, and this celebration of diversity and excellence was apparent from the 18 award categories that include recognition towards mature wines that are ready to drink, such as Best Vintage Bordeaux Red from 1996/1998/2000 and Best Vintage Champagne from 2002/2004/2008, ‘Best Recent Releases’, ‘Comfort Wines <€40/S$56’, and ‘Best Friend of the Earth (Winery)’.
Highlights from the Results of the Wine Pinnacle Awards
Pandemic Hero (Personality): Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines
“We are cognizant of the difficulties faced by many people in the wine industry over the past few years. Barbara Banke and Jackson Family Wines are the epitome of a pandemic hero with their outstanding contributions to a society significantly affected by the pandemic.” – Jeannie Cho Lee MW
Best Friend Of The Earth (Winery): Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace, France
“In my opinion, Best Friend of the Earth is the most important category of all. If we are to have a future in wine and on the earth, we must better steward our place on the earth.” – Doug Frost MW & MS
Best 1996, 1998, 2000 Vintage Bordeaux Red: 1996 Château Latour
“Château Latour’s determination to make the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine in the world from its vineyards in Pauillac has never wavered. If you ever yearn to experience the true glory of a majestic, imperious red Bordeaux in its pomp, this is the wine.” – Oz Clarke (wine expert and broadcaster)
Best Recent Release – Cabernet Sauvignon: 2018 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
“Due to the scarcity of Burgundy wines, wine lovers are becoming enthusiastic about exploring excellent Pinot Noir wines. However, Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most widely planted international varieties, is the one that has long been an obsession of wine lovers around the world. The reaffirmation of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon is of great importance, and this wine deserves the honor.” – Kenichi Ohashi MW
- Comfort White < €40 / S$56: 2019 Joh. Jos. Prüm, Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany
- Comfort Red < €40 / S$56: 2019 Domaine Jean Foillard, Morgon, Beaujolais, France
- Comfort Rosé < €40 / S$56: 2020 Château Miraval, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Provence, France
“Despite all of the illustrious names and great vintages, I’m always eager to see the everyday or comfort wines because that’s what you end up drinking the most of.” – Andreas Larsson (Best Sommelier of the World)
The above list is in no particular order, and the full list of winners for the Wine Pinnacle Awards can be found in the Annex.
ABOUT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Asia’s premium lifestyle destination resort, is located on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa. Spanning 49 hectares, RWS is home to world-class attractions including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Complementing the adventure and adrenaline of its theme parks and attractions are six unique luxury hotels, the world-class Resorts World Convention Centre and a casino. RWS offers award-winning dining experiences and exciting cuisines from around the world across its many renowned celebrity chef restaurants, establishing itself as a key player in Singapore’s vibrant and diverse dining scene and a leading gourmet destination in Asia for epicureans. The integrated resort also offers world-class entertainment, from concerts to public shows. RWS has been named “Best Integrated Resort” since 2011 for the 10th year in a row at the TTG Travel Awards which recognizes the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry.
RWS is wholly owned by Genting Singapore, a company of the Genting Group. For more information, please visit www.rwsentosa.com.