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The Wild Side of Central Otago

First Published on Robert Parker Wine Journal Dec 6 2016 There’s something about venison that brings out the hunger for the wild… read more

South African vineyard uses Indian runner ducks control pests sustainably

  Now this is my kind of sustainable pest control, ducks!! Check out article on Dominion Post online http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/80509549/south-african-vineyard-uses-indian-runner-ducks-control-pests-sustainably

Ipoh Dreaming… on a Chinese New Year’s Day

I have been coming to the town of Ipoh for almost 20 years now and yet it still remains an enigma to… read more

Marlborough Rising – Wellingtons other ‘local’ Wine Region

Reflecting on the brilliant and bountiful Wellington on a Plate festival held recently, I had the opportunity of frequenting the pop-up Match… read more

How to Cook Everything – Completely revised Tenth Anniversary Edition, Mark Bittman

I have a confession. I did not know who Mark Bittman was until 3 years ago when friends from the US, Stacy… read more

Patricia Gallagher, Steven spurrier & Odette Kahn 1976 tasting in Paris
Ridge of no return

The sensational results of a tasting in Paris more than 30 years ago forever changed the way American wines were considered, writes… read more

The Chateau La Lagune, France
Bordeaux En Primeur

Red Bordeaux en primeur 2007, an underappreciated, early drinking, mid-term cellaring vintage for devotees, not investors. En Primeur or wine futures has… read more

Neudorf crew toast Tim and Judy’s 30 vintage

Congratulations to Tim and Judy Finn and their team in reaching this significant milestone. Thirty years is a lifetimes work and when… read more

Long Birthday Lunch at Zuni Cafe San Francisco with Marcel Giesen

The Wandering Palate was in San Francisco recently for a Robert Parker gig and had a wonderful LONG lunch for my birthday… read more

New Vineyard Acquisition for Sam Neill and Two Paddocks in Central Otago

17th January 2014 Two Paddocks vineyards have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says “We’ve been… read more

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