Taberna Wine Academy started life in November 2010 at Binjai Park offering wine tutorials, tastings as well as an extensive selection of wines at the bar. It was the brainchild of its owner Tan Ying Hsien MW (aka Raptornose), who wanted a space where he could share wines and wine knowledge with other wine enthusiasts. In the years since it opened, Taberna has been privileged to host a number of top wine producers including Benjamin Leroux, Laurent Ponsot, Nicolas Potel, Bruno Paillard, Olivier Humbrecht MW, Michele Jermann and Serge Hochar.
The focus of the wine tutorials, masterclasses and courses at Taberna is practical and concentrates on wine tasting skills. Our courses can range from basic wine appreciation for beginners, where we will introduce basic tasting techniques and the principal styles of wine, through to a professional in-depth examination of a region, grape variety or a wine estate. The philosophy of our classes and tutorials is to allow participants to gain theoretical knowledge by assessing the wine in the glass to develop insights into the factors driving the production of that wine, such as geography of grape variety, vineyard practices, vinification and maturation techniques.
Although we do not provide accredited courses for qualifications such as Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW) and Wine, Spirit & Education Trust (WSET) or Master Sommelier, we are able to offer practical tasting sessions that may be helpful for candidates embarking on these courses. These candidates may also find the wine reference library at Taberna helpful in their preparations.