Launch of "The Business Times Wine Challenge 2013 - CEOs' Choice"

SINGAPORE - Following the success of the CEOs' Hawker Choices series, which saw company bosses reviewing the best of local hawker fare, The Business Times (BT), Singapore's leading financial daily, has announced the launch of the BT Wine Challenge 2013 - CEOs' Choice.

Held in partnership with Swiss investment banking group UBS AG, this event will kick off with experts sampling all the entries to shortlist the 50 best wines. A panel of CEOs will then pick the top ten wines from this group of 50. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October. All 50 wines that make the shortlist will be featured in BT in a run-up to the awards ceremony and subsequently in a guidebook.

This event is open to all registered wine wholesale companies and merchants based in Singapore. The wines entered for evaluation must come in standard-sized 750ml bottles and should be commercially available in Singapore at hotels, restaurants, bars and specialist wine retail shops at a minimum of SGD50 (before GST). A maximum of 150 submissions will be accepted for the event.

Wine entries can be submitted from Monday, 24 June onwards and will close on Friday 12 July. There is a SGD50 nett entry fee for each eligible wine submission or an early-bird fee of SGD30 if eligible wine submissions are received before 5 July.

The evaluation by the experts will begin in the week of 22 July, after which a panel of CEOs will judge the shortlisted wines during the week of 29 July.

The experts' panel comprises notable wine connoisseurs such as Mr Lim Hwee Peng, Mr Maximilien Fedkiw and Mr Timothy Goh.

The CEOs on the panel are all wine lovers in their own right and represent Singapore's leading listed companies and public-sector organisations. Their names will soon be announced.

The wines will be judged through blind tasting and will cover both red and white wines from countries such as Australia, France, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States, among others.

Mr Alvin Tay, Editor of The Business Times, said: "The BT CEOs' Choice Wine Challenge 2013 is positioned as the definitive unbiased guide to the best wines in Singapore. CEOs are known to be avid wine drinkers and tapping on their personal knowledge and experience with wines and fine dining, we want to share their choices with the rest of the BT readers."

For more details on the event and on how to take part, visit www.btinvest.com.sg.

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