Epicurean Market presents the Connoisseur Series

Back by popular demand since its introduction at Epicurean Market last year, the Connoisseur Series returns with a selection of premium master classes led by the finest wine and spirits experts in the business.

Friday, 11 August | Saturday, 12 August | Sunday, 13 August

FRIDAY, 11 AUGUST

Italy's Greatest Wines: An Introduction to Barolo & Brunello

By Giacomo Pallesi
Angra Wine & Spirit Importers

5:00pm – 6:00pm

$58 SGD per ticket

Join us on a journey to discover Italy’s greatest wines, Barolo and Brunello. Identify the significance and differences of each wine region, understand the characteristics of each indigenous grape and wine making process of Barolo and Brunello. Enjoy a tasting of six wines from top wineries of Tuscany and Piedmont.


Japanese Aged Single Malt & Blended Whiskies - Experiencing Far East Whisky

By Christian Leusder Owner, & Stephen Wager, Head of Marketing & Sales
East Asia Company & Far East Whisky

7:00pm – 8:30pm

$88 SGD per ticket

Engage your senses to deconstruct Japan’s finest malt whiskies, from learning about the history of whisky via the founding Father of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru to the inaugural whisky tasting. Discover the process behind whisky making and how this determines its flavour.

Experience aged Hibiki, the world’s best blended Whisky, aged Yamazaki, aged Hakushu, and aged Nikka Yoichi, as well as Hanyu & Chichibu Malt Whisky as Far East Whisky take you on a tour of Japanese rare malt whiskies.

SATURDAY, 12 AUGUST

Understanding Italian Wines - Going beyond Chianti and Pinot Grigio

By Looi Wan Teng & Chan Wai Xin
Luigi's Wines

1:30pm – 2:30pm

$38 SGD per ticket

Join us for a guided tasting of six different Italian wines with a certified Italian Wine Expert as we delve beneath the surface on the topic of Italian wines. We'll explore different aspects that make Italian wines so fascinating yet confusing at times! 

Wine line-up: 
Tiberio Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2015
Tiberio Pecorino 2015
San Patrignano ‘Avi’ Sangiovese di Romagna 2011
Salicutti ‘Piaggione’ Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Elena Fucci ‘Titolo’ Aglianico del Vulture 2014
Forteto della Luja ‘Piasa Rischei’ Late Harvest Moscato 2006


Spirits Tasting - An Adventure in the World’s Finest Spirits. Cognac, Rum, Vodka & Whisky

By Roderic Proniewski
Asia Wine Network Pte Ltd

3:00pm – 4:00pm

$48 SGD per ticket

Learn about the different types of alcohol, what they are made from, the different methods of processing, and the main characteristics and classification. Enjoy a tasting including Generous Gin, The Arcane Rum Cane Crush, Hardy XO Rare and more. 


Whiskies – Peated vs Unpeated

By Lewis Mitchell, GCD - Institute of Brewing & Distilling (UK)
Le Vigne Pte Ltd

4:30pm – 5:30pm

$58 SGD per ticket

A detailed explanation of peated and unpeated whiskies using very rare and old whiskies to demonstrate the influence of peat and the effects of cask ageing on flavours.  This Masterclass goes back to the early days of whisky production when peat was used to dry malt and explain why many distilleries still choose to use this archaic process.  We reveal the merits of both unpeated and peated whiskies through tastings of several quality aged whiskies.


Japanese Whisky - Customized Yamazaki, Hakushu and Nikka from miniature Oak Barrels

By Christian Leusder, Owner, & Stephen Wager, Head of Marketing & Sales
East Asia Company & Far East Whisky

6:00pm – 7:00pm

$98 SGD per ticket

Engage your senses to deconstruct Japan’s finest malt whiskies, from learning about the history of whisky via the founding Father of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, to the inaugural whisky tasting. Discover the process behind whisky making and how this determines its flavour.

Experience four very rare and exclusive Japanese Single Malt Whiskies that have been aged for an additional 8 year equivalent in miniature 1 litre oak barrels pre-cured with Sherry, Port, Bourbon and Rum. East Asia Company is proud to exclusively be the first company in Singapore to provide this experience.

SUNDAY, 13 AUGUST

90+ Points Club: Fine Wines of the World as judged by the World's Leading Experts

By Sam Stephen, Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador
Treasury Wine Estates

12:00pm – 1:00pm

$160 SGD per ticket

Join us for this exclusive masterclass to be expertly guided through a flight of exceptional wines as judged by the world’s top wine critics and publications, including the perfectly awarded 100 point Grange from leading Australian winemaker Penfolds, and 99 point rated Rarity Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley’s Beaulieu Vineyards. An amazing line up of fine wines as judged by independent leading critics; not to be missed!


Discovering Rhone Valley with M.Chapoutier

By Edouard Payot, Export Director
Culina Pte Ltd

1:30pm – 2:30pm

$50 SGD per ticket

Embark on a journey to discover the distinctive character of M.Chapoutier wines, one of the most magnificent domains in the Rhone Valley – a stature that Robert Parker describes as “the world’s greatest wine estate”


Bubbles Beyond Champagne - An Exploration of World Class Sparkling Wines

By Tan Ying Hsien, Master of Wine
Analogue Wine Merchant

3:00pm – 4:00pm

$58 SGD per ticket  

A tutored tasting of 6 world class sparkling wines, from 4 different countries, led by Tan Ying Hsien MW. This will be the inaugural tasting of some of the rarest and highly sought after wines.


Japanese Single Malts, Karuizawa 40 & Chichibu Japan Warrior Series Number One Single Cask 2369

By Christian Leusder, Owner
East Asia Company & Far East Whisky

4:30pm – 6:00pm

$188 SGD per ticket

Engage your senses to deconstruct Japan’s finest malt whiskies, from learning about the history of whisky via the founding Father of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, to the inaugural whisky tasting. Discover the process behind whisky making and how this determines its flavour.  

The Karuizawa & Chichibu masterclass will feature some very old and rare malts from silent and new award-winning Japanese distilleries. Experience two very rare and distinct Japanese Single Malt Whiskies bottled by Ichiro Akuto. A 45-year-old Karuizawa and the oldest Chichibu Single Cask to-date, which East Asia Company is proud to exclusively introduce to Singapore at the Epicurean Market 2017.