Champagne Thierry Triolet One of the world’s leading authorities on Champagne, Peter Liem, is conducting a tasting in New York, at Matsuri Restaurant, The Maritime Hotel, that will involve a discussion of the role of terroir in Champagne, illustrated by a tasting of three producers from very different areas: José Michel in the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay, Thierry Triolet in the Sézanne, and R. ... read more >
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Australian Marine Conservation Society The Australian Marine Conservation Society www.marineconservation.org.au a non-profit organisation protecting Australia's oceans since 1965 has just launched an Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide iPhone App! ... read more >
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Steven Spurriers 70th celebration at Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Steven Spurrier was in town this week for ongoing Singapore Airlines wine selection tastings (he’s been doing it for 22 years!), along with panel colleagues Michael Hill-Smith MW and Jeannie Cho-Lee MW. As it turned out, it was the perfect opportunity to raise a glass to Spurrier’s innings, 70 not out. Spurrier was in good form and looks nothing like ... read more >
Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2010 - the perfect wine with figs It is the peak of the season for Brown Turkish Figs, having purchased them twice at Jason’s, Tanglin Mall, Singapore at the excellent price, relative to quality and distance they need to travel, of S$4.50 for a packet of 4 large figs. ... read more >
Farmer market vegetables [caption id="attachment_4810" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Farmer market vegetables"][/caption] The Wandering Palate is a huge fan of Farmer Markets, equally of Pfeiffer’s wines, and this looks like the perfect excuse for a day trip, or even better weekend, up in Rutherglen, and yes impromptu as it is on this Saturday! ... read more >
Terry Chellappah - a man of considerable duck appetite In case you have not been following the ‘Duck Run’, the Wandering Palates recipe for Thai Duck Curry has been gaining momentum around the world with ducks ‘on the run’ all over the place. What began as an approbation of Kai Schubert’s www.schubert.co.nz enormous capacity for our Thai duck curry and the subsequently posting of the secret recipe, the story ... read more >
Spain's supreme iberico ham For some 15 years or more, I have been receiving a magazine from the Economic & Commercial Office at the Embassy of Spain called “Spain Gourmet Tour”. They have diligently ensured that it arrived at my address in Australian and subsequently Hong Kong and then Singapore, as Nomadic as we are. ... read more >
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Vidal Estate Syrah 2007 Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year 2010 – New Zealand Red Wine of the Year Vidal Estate Syrah 2007 - Hawkes Bay, New Zealand www.vidal.co.nz Also Shortlisted for Most Consistent Best Value Wine of the Year My first encounter with Vidal Syrah was the 2004 vintage, served at a wine fair last year in Singapore. The importer had it in ... read more >
La Bratta 2007 Australian Red Wine of the Year Arlewood La Bratta 2007 – Margaret River, Western Australia When was the last time you had an Australian merlot that pushed your button? I came across one that not only aroused my merlot curiosity; it triggered just about every pleasure and sensory neuron in my wandering olfactories and aesthetic and had me reaching for ... read more >
Michael Hill-Smith MW - 20th vintage tasting in Singapore 2010 - Michael says their wines have got progressively better and he and winemaker Martin Shaw have got balder We see a lot of Michael Hill-Smith MW in Singapore, here regularly for marathon tastings with Singapore Airlines as part of their wine panel.  There is also his annual release of Shaw & Smith wines with a tried and tested formula of an informal tasting of the new releases with Dim Sum, religiously attended by trade for both libation and ... read more >