Our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha at Spy Valley, Marlborough
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

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Sock Juice: The Great Escape
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 way Italian chefs were prepared to serve a beautifully grown, simply prepared vegetable as a course on its own. Read More >

Sommelier’s Palate – Chek Wong, Singapore
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 in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

Our Sommelier of the Year Asia visits Schubert winery in Martinborough and takes in some beach life at Tora, Palliser Bay
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 kiwi winemakers grasp there is more to learning about wine than just vineyards and wineries… “Life is filling in time between meals…” Read More >

Heresy
Margaux

Andrew Jefford goes out on a limb (and might even lose one) in defence of Bordeaux Read More >

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Cider Report – Part Two
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 >

Following our Sommelier of the Year Asia on her New Zealand vineyard tour – Ata Rangi visit
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 >

The Duck and Pinot Show – 28th July
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 >

Duck Curry and New Zealand Pinot Noir – A Perfect Match
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 >

Following our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, on her New Zealand vineyard tour
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

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