A toast to our own

SINGAPORE - To raise a glass to personal craftsmanship that goes into the food and wine we consume, local wine distributor Ong Yixin of boutique wine import business, KOT Selections, will be launching for the whole of August, Majulah Singapura, a weekly showcase of local restaurants and the wines that can be paired with the cuisine.

The four-partner restaurants featured are Candlenut Kitchen, The Naked Finn, Immigrants Gastrobar by veteran chef Damian D'Silva, and Californian-inspired casual restaurant, Morsels, run by local couple Petrina Loh and Bryan Chia.

Starting with Candlenut Kitchen this week, Mr Ong will showcase every Wednesday three to five wines specially chosen to pair with their cuisine. All guests dining in these restaurants will enjoy complimentary tasting portions of the wines, which can be later purchased by the bottle or in limited selections by the glass on the spot.

Wines include the 2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant, a biodynamic sparkling chenin blanc from the Loire Valley, the 2009 Eric Texier Domaine de Pergaud St-Julien en St-Alban Rouge, the 2009 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "Château Thébaud" and the 2011 Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Réserve from Alsace. Prices range between $50 and $130 a bottle, and no corkage fee will be charged.

"Each of these ventures is less than a year old, and the toughest period for any restaurant is the first year, especially after the initial opening buzz has faded. We wanted to help raise the profile of our local restaurateurs and chefs, while introducing our wines in a slightly less structured setting for all diners," says Mr Ong.

Majulah Singapura will be held at Morsels on Wednesday, followed by the Naked Finn on Aug 21, and Immigrants on Aug 28. For more information, go to www.kotselections.com/august-majulah-singapura/

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