Phillip Jones at Bass Phillip Winery – Finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2013
Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under

Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under

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 unrelenting obsession with the pinot noir grape (except for a cabernet aberration early in the piece), those that have endured countless Burgundy and Rhone dinners and tastings with him and the privilege of his enormous generosity and magnanimous sharing of bottles, those that have come to appreciate his affability, peculiarities, erraticism, his quip and vagary and all the oscillations and manifestations in between…over a lunch; a standing ovation and resounding applause, hip-hip-hurray!, hip-hip-hurray!, hip-hip-hurray! to Phillip Jones, Finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2013.   Read More >

Our ‘Wandering’ Sommelier, Karim Boulet, blogs on his recent trip to Thailand and Cambodia
Sommelier Karim Boulet

Sommelier Karim Boulet

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 his interview on the ‘Sommelier’s Palate’

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The Sommelier’s Palate – On Her Majesty’s Sommelier Service, Please Salute Erik Simonics, Sommelier at Savoy Grill (Gordon Ramsay) London
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

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Walter Bourke 10th Anniversary Homage – Pinot Noir Producer of the Year – Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2011, Central Otago, New Zealand
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 vertical tastings of some of the most coveted wines in the world.

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THE GRADUATE – Exclusive Season at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne – Jerry Hall stars as the legendary seductress, the sexy sultry Mrs Robinson
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 sixties including Wouldn’t It Be Nice – by The Beach Boys, Everybody’s Talkin – by Harry Nilsson and, of course, The Sound Of Silence & Mrs Robinson – by Simon and Garfunkel. Read More >

STARWARD Australian Malt Whisky
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 bagpipe, but doesn’t. The Production Manager of New World Distillery, Ian Thorn is accordingly not a gentleman; nor am I. He did however furnish me with a sample and a tour of the distillery. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – ‘Going to California’ – Francesco Ferrario, Sommelier at The Lobster Restaurant, Santa Monica, Los Angeles
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

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The Sommelier’s Palate – Mark Protheroe, Our Man from Down Under, Head Sommelier of Grossi Restaurant Group, Melbourne, Australia
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 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 >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Franceseco Gabriele – Chewton Glen, England
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 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 >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Meet Fabien Lainé from the Faraway Norwegian fjords, our most intrepid Sommelier and incurable ‘wandering’ palate
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 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 >