Lim Hwee Peng, CWE, FWS

About Lim Hwee Peng, CWE, FWS

MR LIM HWEE PENG, CWE, FWS is an experienced and well-qualified International Wine Specialist. After gaining an International Higher Certificate in Wines & Spirits from WSET (London, UK), Lim furthered his professional qualification with certifications from USA as a Certified Specialist in Wines (CSW), Society of Wine Educators; and Certified Napa Valley Wine Educators from NVV (Napa Valley Vintners & CIA). In Sept 2011, Lim has also successfully been awarded the Diploma in Spanish Wine Education (Wine Academy of Spain). Hwee Peng is also the first wine professional in Singapore and Asia to be certified by BIVB (Burgundy Wine Board) as a Bourgogne Wine Educator, and Bourgogne Wine Ambassador. In the first quarter of 2012, Lim has been awarded the professional title of French Wine Scholar (FWS) by the French Wine Society after graduating from its program; he was also accredited by Wine Australia as an Australian Wine Specialist & Educator. As of Dec 2015, Hwee Peng has also been certified by the Society of Wine Educators as a Certified Wine Educators (CWE), a professional qualification that, thus far, only 400+ professionals in the wine world have qualified. Lim continues to enhance his professionalism by involving in Wine Judging at International Wine Competitions such as Cata d’Or (Chile, Uruguay and Argentina), Michelangelo International Wine Show and VERITAS (South Africa); the Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2010, Margaret River Wine Show 2011, Adelaide Review Hot 100 2012, and Royal Hobart Wine Show 2014 in Australia; as well as an international judge at the 20th VinItaly International Wine Competition 2012 (Verona, Italy). In 2015, Hwee Peng’s credential as an international wine judge continued with involvement in Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015, Limestone Coast Wine Show 2015, and for the second consecutive invitation to judge at Royal Hobart Wine Show 2015. In the 46th McLaren Vale Wine Show 2010, Hwee Peng was not only an international wine judge, he was also the keynote speaker for the wine community delving on the ‘Dynamics of South East Asia Wine Market’. Lim was also given the opportunity to award a McLaren Vale wine for the International Wine Judge Trophy. Lim is also the appointed Chief Judge and lends his expertise to the Business Times Wine Challenge 2013 (inaugural), 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Hwee Peng graduated from the 33rd intake Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), Adelaide University, thus, certifying his wine judging skill and ability. Based on overall performance, Lim was also picked as the ‘Dux’ of AWAC 33. Lim’s passion for wine journalism has been rewarded with two World Gourmet Summit, Awards of Excellence, Regional Wine Article of the Year Awards in 2002 & 2003, and a finalist in same award event in 2004. These days, he continues his wine writing journey as a Contributing Wine Editor at Spirito di Vino Asia, a bi-monthly Wine & Spirit publication; as well as waxing lyrical on his wine blog (www.drinkgoodwines.com). Lim was also the honorary recipient (and first South East Asian) of the inaugural Australia Landmark Wine Tutorial Scholarship held in Barossa Valley, Australia in June 2009. On 9th May 2011, he was conferred as a member of L’Ordes des Coteaux de Champagne. Another of Lim’s passion is to see the local and regional wine industries increasing its professionalism through wine certification programs; thus, in 2009, his keenness and aspiration were recognized and acknowledged by a fellow wine critic – Curtis Marsh, as the Most Dynamic Wine Educator in Asia (www.thewanderingpalate). Appointed by the Society of Wine Educators (SWE), USA, the Lim Hwee Peng Sch. of Wine is the Program Provider and Administrator for the internationally-certified wine course – Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW) program since 2009. This international program is into its 24th intake, with more than 250 participants graduated through this inclusive and professional wine course. In 2014, The French Wine Scholar program joined his wine program portfolio available to Singapore and regional trade professionals. ** END **

By Lim Hwee Peng, CSW, FWS 27th July 2012 In my interaction with fellow wine lovers, I have come across much doubt querying whether it is REALLY possible, by nosing and tasting the wines, one could identify varietals as well as other components in the bottle. I cannot help noticing niggling scepticism in the tone […]

6th Jan 2012 By Lim Hwee Peng, CSW, FWS In the final act of the first season ‘X Factor USA’, a powerful performance by Melanie Amaro delivered enough punch to claim the USD5 million top prize. I was wowed by all three finalists and it was an enrapture performance enjoyed by millions who watched it. […]

By Lim Hwee Peng, CSW, FWS 20th Jan 2012 When I chanced upon a Cosplay (costume play) event, about a year ago, I was fascinated by it. The concept of Cosplay allows common people to live out their imagination of being a hero or villain made famous by some comic series or epic movies. Of […]

<Faulty or Unique?> By Lim Hwee Peng, CSW, FWS 3rd Feb 2012 I recalled an intensely-scheduled visit, years ago, to a classic wine region for a wine festival. Together with another wine journalist, we spent a week exploring different sub-appellations of the region, as well as visiting several wineries to catch up with wines from […]