||The James Irvine Dinner
was the night of the Merlot, as 65 of our
members and their guests savored what a master
of this varietal could produce from this single
grape. Being able to taste a vertical of five
of the James Irvine Grand Merlot (1994-1998)
from James’ personal cellars allowed
members to decide for themselves the aging
potential of the wine and their improvement
with age. James was kind enough, not only
to bring magnums of his older vintages, which
quickly sold out, but he also personally autographed
all the bottles of wine which were purchased
during the night. Many thanks to Crystal Wines
for bringing James Irvine to dine with us.
The venue also proved to be a pleasant surprise
to many who came. One of the oldest of the
fine dining establishments in Singapore, it
has seldom been patronized by many of our
members, who are constantly on the search
for newer, more avant-garde locations to satisfy
their culinary cravings. However, the food
here was very good and many diners expressed
great satisfaction with what they were served.
In spite of its age, the restaurant was still
certainly able to retain a very fresh and
modern ambience to dine in, whilst offering
a very romantic and beautiful revolving perspective
of the Orchard belt to entertain the eyes.
Credit goes to Joyce Chang for suggesting
and organizing this event.