Brad Pitt Actor Series at the Screening Roon Singapore Great film and food at the Screening Room (Singapore) over the Easter weekend ... read more >
Right bunch of Bastards of Pinot Noir [caption id="attachment_8180" align="alignnone" width="637" caption="That wonderful Bastard Larry "][/caption] Inspired by one of the ‘take home’ messages from the New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration 2013, so eloquently articulated by Sam Neill, I have been doodling away on the “Bastards of Pinot Noir”. It’s meant to be a song although reads more like a poem but I’m thinking if someone can ... read more >
Meet Caz, the fatest worker, well fatest at flying, at Felton Road winery, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand With picking for the 2013 vintage in Central Otago underway, the most alluring prospect for any pest bird such as Starlings, Sparrows and Indian Blackbirds is a nice ripe, juicy-sweet grape. These nuisance birds peck holes in grapes to drink the juice which exposes the grapes to fungal infection and subsequently the whole bunch is damaged. ... read more >
New Zealand's legendary Chef Ruth Pretty What do Marmite, Vegemite, tuna, mushrooms, prosciutto, chicken stock, Parmesan and fermented black beans all have in common? They all contain the fifth taste sensation umami. It is a meaty, savoury taste less obvious than sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness but I believe more delicious than the other four taste sensations. Umami rich dishes are perfect partners for pinot noir ... read more >
Avoca Hotel www.theavocahotel.com.au As you travel about country Victoria, in every small town the best buildings are the Banks, the Churches, and of course the Hotels. The Banks are closing their small branches and leaving town, and the Churches are facing dwindling congregations. But there’s a resurgence among country hotels. ... read more >
Penfolds Re-Corking Clinic_Infographic3 Offering Collectors the Ultimate Wine Health-Check and Valuation Online pre-registration begins April 1 Open your cellar, unlock your wine cabinets and bring out those Penfolds wines from your collection! Penfolds winemakers are preparing to embark on a mission to quality check Penfolds wines aged 15 years and older with a Re-corking Clinic to be held in Singapore on May 9, ... read more >
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Benjamin Skipper in his comfort zone (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 >
Maya, Indian goddess of illusions “Maya, Indian goddess of illusions, siren of shipwrecked sailors; if only you lactated Pinot Noir, you’d be perfect.”  Miles to Maya in the movie 'Sideways'. ... read more >
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Renzo Marinai Panzano in Chianti Dinner with Renzo Marinai @ Sosta Cucina next Thursday featuring wines from Fontodi, Vecchie Terre de Montefili and Renzo Marinai ... read more >
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The Wandering Palate Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year - Dragon 2012 [caption id="attachment_7941" align="alignnone" width="647" caption="The Wandering Palate Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year - Dragon 2012"][/caption] Admittedly my predilection for pinot noir is perhaps a prejudice in my choice of ‘Red Wine of the Year’ and this sneak preview of my annual retrospective of wine highlights, the Year of the Dragon – 2012. However, the irrefutable fact is, Rippon Mature ... read more >