Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under [caption id="attachment_9060" align="alignleft" width="329"] Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under[/caption] For those of us that have known Phillip Jones throughout his winegrowing evolution--for some of us that spans over three decades--and those that have managed to grasp the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities of the man (and there are many) and his extraordinary wines, those that have persevered with his ... read more >
Sommelier Karim Boulet [caption id="attachment_9052" align="alignleft" width="90"] Sommelier Karim Boulet[/caption] Sommelier Karim Boulet, located in Melbourne, Australia two months out of the year, otherwise working and traveling around the globe the rest of the time is sharing his experiences and thoughts in a blog for the Wandering Palate audience; look out for his regular postings. Also click here for more on Karim and ... read more >
Erik Simonics, Sommelier at The Savoy Grill - Gordon Ramsay "My favourite wine bar is The Sampler. Actually, it is a wine shop where you can sample around 50 wines. It is also a great place practice blind tasting." Erik Simonics, Sommelier at The Savoy Grill ... read more >
Chef and Bon Vivant Walter Bourke - he also liked his Champagne Walter Bourke: September 15, 1945 - September 19, 2003 I first met Walter Bourke in 1986, at his legendary Melbourne restaurant, Maria & Walter’s. I had been invited to the ‘Table 8’, an underground group of the most serious wine palates in Australia, which convened regularly in the upstairs private dining room at Maria & Walter’s for extravagant banquets with ... read more >
The Graduate - Her Majesty's Theatre Adapted from Charles Webb’s novel and the Oscar winning film, The Graduate is at once a moving coming of age story and a terrifically funny black comedy. With the rise of the “Cougar”, the production is as relevant today as it was the day it was written, “The Graduate” is set against a soundtrack of some of the most memorable songs of the ... read more >
There is an awful lot of whisky in barrel at the distillery. The-barrels-are-now-kept-standing-up-as they are easier to move around than when lying in cradles Nothing quite like a wee dram on a cold winter's night in Melbourne. Starward is a new brand, the latest addition to the growing number of Australian whisky producers, and I came across it due to one of my many personal failings. As the wise people say, the definition of a gentleman is someone who knows how to play the ... read more >
Francesco Ferrario - Sommelier at The Lobster Restaurant, Santa Monica "The peppery and vegetable character of Loire Cabernet Franc matches wonderfully with Mexican food."  Francesco Ferrario ... read more >
Mark Protheroe, Head Sommelier of Grossi Restaurant Group, Melbourne (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 >
Franceseco Gabriele - Chewton Glen (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 >
Sommelier Fabien Lainé - Norway (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 >