Australian Front Forwards

OCTOBER 24 2012.

Our Wandering Palate Shanghai Correspondent and All-Australian, Michael Knuppel, is in the ‘Ruck’ with some of Australia’s finest at Shanghai’s hottest wine spot, the M1NT. Goal!

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Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) & Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) Screening Room, Saturday Dec 1st
Screening Room Coco Chanel  Igor Stravinsky Saturday Dec 1st CM

The Legendary Duck Run Continues with Sam Neill and Jeffrey Grosset at the Wandering Palate Trough
Sam Neill, Jeffrey Grosset and friends at the Wandering Palate table

We just had Sam Neill and Jeffrey Grosset visiting and a great evening was had by all imbibing in fabulous riesling, pinot noir and the wife’s legendary duck curry. The Two Paddocks Riesling did itself proud in the slipstream of the almighty Polish Hill, with Sam declaring he’s a big fan of the Polish Hill and something about it being as “Dry as Taranaki on a Sunday”. There was a dominance of Two Paddocks Pinot Noir with the duck due to unfortunate accident with Grosset’s luggage, his Pinot Noir the main casualty. Still, there were no complaints from Jeffrey as he dipped his nose ever deeper into the 2008 Two Paddocks, still brooding away (see note) although drinking superbly on the night and a perfect match for the duck. Read More >

Byzantine Christmas
Byzantine Christmas

Byzantine Christmas

Coriander Leaf have just revamped their wine list and also have an updated set menu with wine pairings. How do I know this? Well, I am the wine list designer so straight from the horse’s mouth, this is a wonderful menu with some excellent, diverse wines by the glass – if I say so myself.

Also, you might also want to consider doing one of Samia Ahad’s cooking classes as a way to get together with friends before Christmas and, especially her Byzantine Christmas class which is unique and very special…  

“The Byzantine Empire spanned a vast region on both sides of the Mediterranean and included areas that are now part of Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya and Turkey. Naturally, the cuisine of the empire reflected a dazzling range of foods and cooking techniques, all underwritten by the Mediterranean emphasis on freshness and lightness and the judicious use of spices and flavouring. Make this holiday season a Byzantine Christmas by recreating our reinterpretation of a celebratory meal from the era. Our soup takes a tomato base from the new age back into the use of chickpeas that was so prevalent in the Fertile Crescent. Our Isreali Tzimmus reminds us of the rich use of honey in ancient Mediterranean dishes. Our turkey will intoxicate you with its rich green herbs…”

It is only held twice a year, on the 8th and 22nd December, so get in quick

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Hobbit’s Drink Pinot Noir from Middle Earth with their Mutton
The Hobbit

“Mutton today, Mutton Yesterday, and blimey if it don’t look like mutton tomorrer!”

It seems even Hobbit’s have a taste for Pinot Noir… A little news clipping came across my desk from Judy Finn at Neudorf announcing, “Neudorf Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2010 has been selected for the world premiere of Sir Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”. The wine will be served at the launch and the dinner in Wellington next week.” Read More >

The Paris Enigma
404 Paris - North African Cuisine

Paris July 2012 – Terry Chellappah, the Wandering Palate’s Western Australia correspondent reports on good, bad and ugly encounters in Paris. Read More >

Top Gun Sommelier – Lean Mean Service Machine – The Wandering Palate Circa 1988
Top Gun Sommelier – Lean Mean Service Machine – The Wandering Palate Circa 1988 - all of 25 years old, bravodo and people skills were the required skillset in those days

Top Gun Sommelier – Lean Mean Service Machine – The Wandering Palate Circa 1988 - all of 25 years old, bravodo and people skills were the required skillset in those days

The Wandering Palate Circa 1988 at Jacques Reymond’s restaurant, Melbourne, Sommelier that evening for the Single Bottle Club Dinner and James Halliday’s 50th Birthday, having just grappled with a Salmanazar of 1937 Bollinger and about to pour the 1918 Oloroso Sherry Pilar Aranda…

The Wandering Palate turned 50 today, the 16th November, an auspicious day indeed and one of deep reflection. Actually, there’s no time for reflection as I am flat out designing a wine list for a new Chinese restaurant in Melbourne, “Mantong Kitchen” opening at Crowne Casino next month and there is a deadline to meet today for the first draft. Alas, no long lunch today… buggar… and not the WP’s normal form, perplexing really – that 30 years in the wine and hospitality business and I am still chasing my tail – “Once a Sommelier, Always a Sommelier”.

Nothwithstanding this great moment in time and confoundment that I made it this far (yes I know it’s a cliché, but in this case it’s true; just ask my mother, my motorcycle dealer, my psychiatrist, my commanding officer… but consistency has been the key, that is consistently Fuckin Up – as the lyrics of Neill Young so aptly describe, a fantastic jam with Young and Pearl Jam you must listen to… but there is more important news for today is a great day in ocean history… and I am a great believer that it is the ocean that will decide the fate of humanity, or that is how we are fucking it up, so to speak…

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Happy Birthday to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Charles Philip Arthur George, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, The Duke of Rothesay (Scotland) and The Duke of Cornwall
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

No doubt you are aware of the significant birthdays happening in mid-November, to which Happy Birthday to His Royal Higness The Prince of Wales, Charles Philip Arthur George, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, The Duke of Rothesay (Scotland) and The Duke of Cornwall, or Prince Charles as he is known. Read More >

Sam Neill “Cornucopia Vitus” – This is mandatory viewing… and finally, there’s a good use for cabernet sauvignon grapes
Sam Neill Cornucopia Vitus

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Family of Twelve Singapore Tour Event Gallery
Salt grill walkabout tasting in full swing and a great buzz in the room – Nigel Greening from Felton Road, Central Otago seen here administering a pinot noir to the thirsty

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve Singapore Tour was a huge success with the wine dinners at Imperial Treasure sell-outs and the Salt grill walkabout tasting attracting 140 people and with the all day grazing practically everyone stayed the entire day and had a great time. Read More >