Khun Cha at Spy Valley - First outsider to sample our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc with winemaker Kathy Bird. Our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha migrates south to Marlborough to visit Spy Valley and takes in the Marlborough Sounds as well ... read more >
Piedmonte I left for a week in Piedmont with high gastronomic hopes.  I still recall some of the magnificent food I ate last time I was there (which was over a decade ago, in November, the beautiful and mysterious time of fogs and white truffles).  It wasn’t just the truffles, though.  I adored the Italian respect for raw materials, and the ... read more >
Chek Wong (pronounced suh-mal-'yAy) In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes ... read more >
Khun Cha, kiwi style roughing it at the beach Our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, spends a few days with Kai Schubert in Martinborough and takes in a day at the beach. Just look at that pristine coastline, Palliser Bay, next stop is Antarctica! How good is the fresh paua and crayfish; Chef Diaz back on the Conrad Koh Samui will be drooling with envy. And obviously ... read more >
Margaux Andrew Jefford goes out on a limb (and might even lose one) in defence of Bordeaux ... read more >
Yarlington Mill 2011 Our Melbourne correspondent, Andrew Jenkins, is on the trail of dry cider in Australia and discovers a particularly good vintage 2011 up in Harcourt. ... read more >
Khun Cha and Ata Rangi's vineyard dog, Harry Our intrepid Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, spent the day with Phyll Pattie and Clive Paton at Ata Rangi in Martinborough www.atarangi.co.nz sharing some pictures with us... clearly she's fitting into the program and adapting to the Kiwi vigneron without much problem... and DRC Richebourg 1995 thanks very much! ... read more >
Chinese Roast Duck Curry The Wandering Palate’s Duck Run is migrating to New Zealand where I will conduct a duck curry - duck banquet cooking class at the legendary Ruth Pretty Cooking. ... read more >
Wife's Legendary Duck Curry More Duck Run as the Wandering Palate gears up for a New Zealand migration conducting a duck curry cooking class at the legendary Ruth Pretty Cooking school, here is the updated recipe, pairing to Kiwi Pinot Noir.  ... read more >
Khun Cha in Martinborough The Wandering Palate Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, has arrived in New Zealand, whisked from Wellington over the Rimutaka Ranges and on to Martinborough where she is already hitting the vineyard trail. We will be posting pictures of Khun Cha’s vineyard adventures regularly, so follow her on her journey of discovery on Wandering Palate ... read more >