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New Zealand winemaker brings experience to Pullman Saigon

Nguyen Quy
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New Zealand winemaker brings experience to Pullman Saigon

Nguyen Quy

New Zealand’s famous winemaker Allan Scott is seen at Mad Cow Wine&Grill Restaurant on the 30th fl oor of the Pullman Saigon Centre in downtown HCMC - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG

Wine enthusiasts in HCMC on Tuesday night joined a wine tasting event with New Zealand’s prestigious winemaker Allan Scott at Mad Cow Wine &Grill Restaurant on the 30th floor of the Pullman Saigon Centre in downtown HCMC.

Gastronomers enjoyed the savory taste of a four-course menu highlighted by some special dishes such as beef Carpaccio served with scotch quail egg and watercress salad, braised chicken tortellini, porcini and broad beans, roast lamb rump paired with smoked potato puree, pearl barley and mint sauce, and Raspberry red velvet.

Notably, those with a passion for wine had the opportunity to experience Allan Scott’s signature wines namely Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Base Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir.

On the occasion, the renowned winemaker from New Zealand also shared his knowledge and passion with wine lovers and connoisseurs alike, and showed his strong love for Vietnam’s culture and cuisine as this is already his sixth visit to the country over the past 13 years. 

In a chat with the Daily, Allan Scott, who is currently owner of Marlborough vineyards in New Zealand, said he grew up on a farm in North Canterbury New Zealand.

In 1973, a company came to buy 400 hectares of land in the region to establish vineyards which were new to the Marlborough region. Scott joined the workforce to help develop the vineyards and his passion for grape wine-making has grown since then.

The renowned winemaker talks to guests at the wine tasting event on Tuesday night

Thanks to strong devotion and stringent efforts, he built up a fine reputation in New Zealand as he established more of his own vineyards and the Allan Scott Family wine brand was born in 1990, the renowned winemaker noted.

“The important thing to be a successful winemaker is the insistence on the very best quality, and it is easy to make the best wines if you start with the best quality grapes. Your winemaking skills must maintain high standards then finally understand your market by building relationships,” Allan said.

On his first visit to Vietnam, he fell in love with the country with hospitable and friendly people, diverse culture and unique cuisine, and he has seen Vietnam as a potential destination to introduce his wines as being complimentary to Vietnamese cuisine, Allan shared.

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