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Sipping, Swirling, And Learning About The World’s Great Wines At The World of Wine Fair

If you want to learn about the most iconic wines of the world, you don’t necessarily have to attend a specialized wine class or splurge on a wine pairing dinner at a fancy restaurant. A well-curated wine fair at the mall—complete with wine tastings, swirling of wine glasses, and expert talks on wine—will do the trick.

Marketplace by Rustan’s held the World of Wine Fair last September 28 to 30 at the Shangri-La Plaza Grand Atrium. The activity, which targeted wine hobbyists and professionals alike, featured premium wines that were curated and sourced directly from estates of eight different winemaking countries, and sold at special rates.



Sharing her sentiments on this year’s festivities, Arleen Aldaba, CEO of Rustan Supercenters, Inc. said, “Marketplace by Rustan’s is passionate about giving our shoppers the platform to enjoy wine culture at its finest, and that’s why we continue to bring the best wines and winemakers from all around the globe closer to their reach. This year, there is an even better selection of wines, more experts to learn from, and more exciting prizes and promos.”



Fifteen international winemakers and wine experts shared their knowledge during the Straight from the Vineyard series of talks. Participants in the sessions went home with a free bottle of wine. Topics included a primer on the famous Bordeaux wine region, the similarities of German and Alsace wines, the winemaking traditions of Rioja in Spain, and the flagship varietals in Italy. New World wines were also discussed, including Napa Valley and its iconic wineries, the wines of Chile and Argentina, and indigenous Italian grapes grown in Australia. Aside from these wine regions, there was also a fascinating talk on a wine label we often take for granted: organic. The sessions helped give participants a strong basis for understanding and appreciating wines from around the world.

During the fair, wine aficionados also stocked up on wine bottles offered at a good discount. My favorite picks include:



Château Nenin Pomerol 2002, Bordeaux

The wine just opened up that night, and the Château’s representative Florent Genty was all too happy to share the earthy wine with just the right hint of dark fruits.


Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Malbec, Argentina

This is a huge, powerful wine that has fruity, structured flavors and a robust nose.



Terre Di Pozzo Amarone Della Valpolicella, Italy

One of my favorite styles, its borderline bitter flavors are excellent to pair with flavorful Italian food.



Sterling Chardonnay, Napa Valley

It’s a Chardonnay that strikes the balance between oak and fruit, making it one of the richer Chardonnays I’ve had.

For those who missed out on the World of Wine Fair, you can still enjoy exclusive discounts at the Happy Wine Festival at any Marketplace by Rustan’s branch until October 7, 2018.


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Gail Sotelo has a WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits. She is a wine consultant, blogger, and lecturer. She owns the drink blog which aims to make wine and other drinks accessible to everybody, and holds classes at Enderun Colleges.