Chef Frederic Colin As the Gregorian calendar year draws to a close and we reminisce, in our glass, there barely seems time for reflection little lone antecedental contemplation as the new vintage is upon us – as my nine year-old daughter says “Just get over it”. ... read more >
Man Tong Kitchen Duck The Wandering Palate has just completed designing the wine programme for Man Tong Kitchen, a new Chinese restaurant that opened, 18th December, 2012 at the Crowne Casino in Melbourne www.mantongkitchen.com.au ... read more >
Bass Phillip By all accounts, vintage 2011 was a challenge for most Australia wine growing regions. Phillip Jones is quite forthright about it by describing the conditions at his Leongatha South vineyard as “wet and cold” on the back labels of his current releases. ... read more >
Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay Speaking at a corporate wine evening recently, themed on biodynamic wines and having just delivered a crash course on Wine Feng Shui, it was no surprise that one of the more wine-savvy people in audience asked the predictable question, “Do biodynamic wines taste better?” And in the same breath, “How do I taste the difference between a biodynamic wine and ... read more >
Tan Ying Hsien - Proprietor of Taberna Wine bar & WIne Academy [caption id="attachment_7698" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Tan Ying Hsien - Proprietor of Taberna Wine bar & WIne Academy"][/caption] If you’re still looking for the Christmas present for the wine enthusiast, chances are this individual, having been bitten by the wine bug, will have a thirst for wine knowledge even greater than the product itself. Tutored wine courses are a great we to ... read more >
Summergate Passaporto Del Vino [caption id="attachment_7687" align="alignleft" width="388" caption="Summergate Passaporto Del Vino "][/caption] An Inspiring initiative from leading fine wine importers Summergate and Pudao wines showcased 50 of Italy’s most diverse and respected labels from their portfolio for the savvy China market. ... read more >
Brian & Nicola Bicknell – Winemaker and Owners - http://mahiwine.co.nz The Wandering Palate is delighted to be linking up with the affable Brian Bicknell from  Mahi - more than your average Marlborough producer, indeed this is an uber-cool winery is focused on single-vineyard wines and making some seriously good gewurtraminer, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and  pinot noir, to which the wandering Palate has posted favourable tasting notes recently - click here ... read more >
Samia Ahad demo cooking at Coriander Leaf Does wine go with Asian cuisine? Absolutely! “Show me a wine and I will find you an element of spice or herb infused within it." Indeed, most grape varieties intrinsically display a multitude of spice nuances in aroma or flavour, some more than others. Clearly such nuances and characteristics are synergistic with many Asian cuisines. There is also a central ... read more >
Franck Crouvezier  - Photo by Vincent Sung (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 >
Firefly "Your Community Airline" Illustration by Mark A. Hicks and Discovery Education www.discoveryeducation.com It a curious name - for an Airline – Firefly. One’s first thought is they (the airline) must only fly at night, as we all know, Fireflies are nocturnal. ... read more >