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

Singapore, 23 June 2013 – 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.”

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The Business Times (BT), published by Singapore Press Holdings, is South-east Asia's leading business daily. It is Singapore’s only financial daily and provides a complete guide on the local, regional and international business scene.

BT brings to its readers each day a comprehensive and concise package of corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary. BT also carries features and the latest lifestyle trends in food, entertainment, shopping, arts, health, travel and design.

In June 1995, BT became the first English-language newspaper in Asia to go on the World Wide Web. Since January 2000, BT Online started to be available from 4am Singapore time (GMT +8 hrs) and to offer news updates throughout the day, from Mondays to Sundays. 

In October 2011, it launched its BT Weekend iPad app that comes with a PDF format of the BT Weekend print edition. The BT iPhone app was introduced in October 2012 and the BT iPad app in December 2012. In January 2013, BT announced its All-in-One price package for its print, online, smartphone and tablet platforms, where subscribers can read BT on both iOS and Android platforms. 

Redesigned in September 2004 to engage a new generation of readers, a refreshing blue masthead, bigger fonts and friendlier layout were introduced. The content has been expanded to reflect a complete read, packing in loads of new features, such as specialty pages, a daily take on the health of the Singapore economy and dedicated regional pages.

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In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

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In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

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