Strong con­tenders

Sopexa’s Sin­ga­pore Best Som­me­lier Com­pe­ti­tion in French Wines 2018 saw a win­ner crowned, but two oth­ers will be go­ing into the Asia Fi­nal in South Korea.

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At the fourth edi­tion of Sopexa’s highly an­tic­i­pated Best Som­me­lier Com­pe­ti­tion in French Wines, Yeo Xi Yang (for­merly with Straits Clan) calmly kept his com­po­sure amid strong com­pe­ti­tion to pick up the cham­pion ti­tle. He was re­warded with a wine cel­lar from Vin­tec, among other prizes.

Held on 2 Oc­to­ber at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore, the com­pe­ti­tion saw four fi­nal­ists com­pete in six work­shops. They were Lei Dong from The Amer­i­can Club Sin­ga­pore, who clinched first run­ner-up; Daisuke Shibuya from Sun with Moon Ja­panese Din­ing & Café Sin­ga­pore; and Ir­win Tan from RVLT wine bar.

The judges in­cluded pres­i­dent of the jury, the il­lus­tri­ous Jean-pas­cal Paubert, along­side An­nette Scarfe MW, last year’s cham­pion Daisuke Kawai, epi­cure wine edi­tor June Lee, and other pro­fes­sion­als. Mas­ter of cer­e­mony Stephanie Rigourd kept the pro­ceed­ings mov­ing be­tween the six tax­ing work­shops, that in­cluded sparkling and red wine ser­vice, cheese iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and pair­ing, spir­its and cock­tail, and wine sen­sory anal­y­sis. Each par­tic­i­pant dis­played their strengths, with Yeo adept at ser­vice while Lei aced the sen­sory anal­y­sis.

At press time, Yeo has bowed out of the Asia Fi­nal due to per­sonal rea­sons, leav­ing Lei and Shibuya to fly the Sin­ga­pore flag at the Asia Best Som­me­lier in French Wines Com­pe­ti­tion which will take place 10 to 12 De­cem­ber in Seoul.

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