WSET Level 1 Course

Join us for a WSET Level 1 course conducted by Ms. Stella Kim. Level 1 covers the essentials of wine and is a perfect introduction for those interested in wine or just starting in the hospitality trade. More details are available on the WSET website. Registration closes on 1 Jan 2018.

Date: Saturday 20 Jan 2018, 10am-6pm

Venue: KOT Selections, 64 Neil Road, Singapore 088834

Cost: $250 (inc. GST) per student

Please contact us if you have a group of 6 or more, and we will tailor a course to suit your requirements.

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Nyetimber Trade Tasting

Join us for a preview of Nyetimber’s wines, featuring the following:

MV Nyetimber Classic Cuvée
MV Nyetimber Rose
2010 Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs
2010 Nyetimber Tillington
MV Nyetimber Demi-Sec

Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

Generously hosted by Artemis Grill

Mon 30 Oct 2017

3-5pm

138 Market Street, #40-01 CapitaGreen (Rooftop), S048946

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We’re Hiring!

To meet strategic expansion plans, we are hiring for both Business and Sales Manager and Senior Sales Executive roles; more detail in the links. The candidates must be passionate about wine and personable. There will be opportunities to learn about wine and to work with top-tier winegrowers and clients. Please contact us with your CV if you are interested in drinking great wine and eating at the very best restaurants in Singapore. (June 2017)

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Senior Sales Executive

Job Description:

KOT Selections is an independent wine import, distribution and advisory firm based in Singapore, with an unparalleled portfolio, deep client relationships and a collegial culture.

To meet strategic expansion plans, we are looking for an outstanding individual to join our sales team. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Sales: Sell our wines into restaurants, hotels, Singapore clubs, and other sectors; manage existing accounts, identify and convert new sales opportunities and target new business
  • Relationships: Build strong business relationships with clients and wine buyers
  • Sales support: Provide excellent client service through timely fulfilment of orders; manage payments and associated paperwork
  • Other responsibilities around operating and managing KOT Selections’ business in Singapore as may arise.

You are:

  • Self-motivated and responsible
  • Effective at networking and possess outstanding communication skills
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about wine, with at least a WSET Level 2 qualification
  • IT-literate, particularly with Microsoft Office and CRM tools

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Salary and Benefits:

A competitive remuneration package based on experience. Substantial increase and sales-based incentives upon confirmation. Full benefits and training package. Laptop provided.

How to Apply:

Please apply in writing, enclosing an up-to-date copy of your CV by email.

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Business and Sales Manager

To meet strategic expansion plans, we are seeking a Business and Sales Manager who will report directly to the owners. You will:

  • Manage day to day operations across the business, including but not limited to human resources, finances and inventory
  • Build and maintain long-term, profitable relationships with key accounts
  • Identify and develop new opportunities
  • Review and report business performance to owners

You will also have the opportunity to grow into a General Manager role with strategic input and direct P&L responsibility.

As someone who will manage and grow a business, you:

  • Have a deep passion for and understanding of wine, with at least a WSET Level 3 qualification
  • Are self-motivated, flexible and with an aptitude for hard work
  • Possess excellent communication and IT skills

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Salary and Benefits:

A competitive remuneration package based on experience, including a profit sharing scheme. Laptop provided.

How to Apply:

Please apply in writing, enclosing an up-to-date copy of your CV by email.

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Rhôning in the deep | KOT Selections Trade Tasting

Rhone Valley Trade Tasting

For our very first Trade Tasting of the year, KOT Selections will be featuring two of our winegrowers hailing from the Rhône Valley. We are delighted to be working with Eric Texier, an old friend, and Helen Durand of Domaine du Trapadis. Both have exceptional vineyards outside of the well-known appellations, from which they make equally exceptional wines.

Join us on Thursday, 16 February, from 2:00-5:30pm for a tasting of the following wines:

Chardonnay
2014 Eric Texier Mâcon
2013 Eric Texier Mâcon Bussières Très Vieilles Vignes

Rhône Whites
2015 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Brézème Blanc
2013 Eric Texier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc

Syrah (Northern Rhône)
2014 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Brézème Rouge
2014 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône St. Julien en St. Alban Rouge

Grenache-based blends (Southern Rhône)
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
2014 Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau Tradition
2014 Eric Texier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Rouge

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2014 Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau VdN (50cl)

Please note that this tasting is strictly for Trade members only. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

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Castell d’Age x Morsels

Our good friend, Olivia Junyent from Castell d’Age is coming to Singapore!

KOT Selections is collaborating with Morsels to host a 5 course dinner accompanied with a  tasting of 4 different wines – all explained by Olivia herself.

Enjoy a night of cavas and other still wines, immerse in the adventurous stories that Olivia has to share about her experiences in and out of the vineyards, and ask the questions that you have always had for a winemaker.

Make your reservations by e-mail or calling +65 6396 6302 now!

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Castell d’Age Wine Dinner x ME@OUE

Our good friend, Olivia Junyent from Castell d’Age is coming to Singapore!

KOT Selections is collaborating with ME@OUE to host a scrumptious Winegrower Dinner on the 28th June 2016 – 5 wines, 4 courses, 4 cuisines – how can you resist?

Enjoy a night of cavas and other still wines, immerse in the adventurous stories that Olivia has to share about her experiences in and out of the vineyards, and ask the questions that you have always had for a winemaker.

Make your reservations by e-mail or calling +65 6634 4555 now!

Castell d'Age x KOT Selections

 

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Better than French Kisses!

French Wine & Cheese Tasting


We will be collaborating with the good folks at Gallery & Co. and The Cheese Artisans to bring you a glorious night to welcome a well-deserved Labour Day rest.

Taste and bring home 5 exquisite regional French wines, each paired meticulously with a selection of cheeses, and then dance the night away as Block Party ft. Julien Brochard will be DJ-ing after 9 pm. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.

Purchase your tickets at $50 nett per person here now!

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Wine Pairing with Singaporean Hawker Food

ChixRice_1Maxwell Food Centre, located at the heart of Tanjong Pagar, has become a popular favourite amongst the CBD crowd and tourists alike. Known to be packed with award-winning stores and cheap prices, it’s hard not to love Maxwell.

We have decided to take on the challenge of conducting a wine pairing with perhaps one of the most famous stalls at Maxwell, Tian Tian Chicken Rice, and its long-term rival, Ah Tai Chicken Rice.

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 Rumours have it that the owner of Ah Tai Chicken Rice, Mr Wong, had previously worked at Tian Tian for more than 20 years, and after a fight with the management, decided to open his own stall just a few feet away. The news articles were printed flamboyantly on Ah Tai’s stall front like a declaration of war, catching the eye of many curious passersby that were deliberating between ordering the two.

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Left: 2014 Vincent Gaudry Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, Right: 2013 Vincent Gaudry Constellation du Scorpion

We decided to bring wines from the same winegrower, Vincent Gaudry, who took over the family domaine in 1993 and immediately switched to organic agriculture, convinced that this was the only way to farm sustainably. The biodynamie crazy farmer managed to get Demeter certified in 2004, and is one of our favourite growers that produces serious Sancerres.

We brought two of his wines with us to Maxwell Centre, the 2014 Sancerre Blanc Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, and the 2013 Sancerre Constellation du Scorpion. Both are made of Sauvignon Blanc and are grown in Loire, the centre or ‘Sancerre’ of France, where the Appellation d’origine protégée is famous for producing Sauvignon Blancs.

The old vines cuvée, Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, is chalk-based, and has more richness both on the nose and palate, while Constellation du Scorpion (what used to be L’Esprit de Rudolf ) has a smoky quality from the silex soils. The latter is stunning when given some air, and ages beautifully.

With wines and wine glasses in hand, we braved the crowd and queued up at both Chicken Rice stalls.

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The queue at Ah Tai was short but had quite a steady stream of customers, and were cheerfully greeted by Mr. Wong himself.

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In comparison, the queue for Tian Tian Chicken Rice snaked around the middle section of Maxwell, with both tourists wielding DSLRs snapping photos incessantly, and PMEBs playing Candy Crush on their phones patiently waiting for their turn, already mentally braced for the long line.

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 Tian Tian Chicken Rice

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Ah Tai Chicken Rice

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Mr. Ong YiXin, Managing Partner at KOT Selections

We brought our own wine glasses to Maxwell and did our wine pairing there, drawing quite some attention to ourselves. In spite of how out of place we might have looked, the wines actually went really well with both Chicken Rice plates. We aimed to find the best Chicken Rice first, then paired it with both Sancerres to determine the matchmake in heaven.

Although we’re not food connoisseurs, we evaluated the Chicken Rice based on 3 different criteria:

#1 Rice:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice: Slightly clumpy and wet, stuck together probably due to the starchiness. Some bits were also overcooked to our disappointment.

Ah Tai Chicken Rice: Grains are distinctively separated, has a bite to the rice itself and not overtly oily. The rice was also slightly more fragrant as compared to Tian Tian.

Winner: Ah Tai Chicken Rice

#2 Chicken:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice: Rather dry and distinctively fibre-y. Not succulent and certainly not very memorable.

Ah Tai Chicken Rice: Although it was not boneless, it had great flavour and was delightfully tender.

Winner: Ah Tai Chicken Rice

#3 Chilli:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice: Has a good balance of spiciness, ginger, sweetness and sourness.

Ah Tai Chicken Rice: Rather two-dimensional – it was just sweet and sour.

Winner: Tian Tian Chicken Rice

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 It became evident that Ah Tai Chicken Rice was the better of the two – in spite of what the queues indicated. Pairing it with the 2013 Constellation du Scorpion, the high acidity and the smoky flavours managed to cut through the oiliness of the Chicken Rice perfectly.

The 2014 Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes, a rounder, riper Sauvignon due to the differences in vintages, had stronger fruit and herbaceous notes, did not particularly improve the taste of the rice nor the wine. This was particularly due to the fact that it was not as high in acidity as the Scorpion.

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The perfect pairing was indeed the Scorpion and Ah Tai Chicken Rice – together, the flavours came into focus, the rice itself tasted cleaner, the flavours were enhanced, and the wine tasted rounder and deeper.

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