Good Bye 2013… Hello 2014

Here we in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia, an hour north of Melbourne where we are enjoying the late afternoon sun at our friends country property. It’s been a gorgeously sunny day with the temperature around 28 degrees but there’s a wonderful cool breeze and we are thankful that it is not as hot as it normally is, getting up to the high 30s and early 4os in these parts. Read More >

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The Sommelier’s Palate – Alice Hama, Sommelier at Crustacean Beverly Hills, CA
Alice Hama, Sommelier at Crustacean Beverly Hills, CA

“I am in to new world Viognier. Floral and perfume aroma make it a great relaxing wine after a long day work. My recent favorite Viognier wines include: Darioush Signature Viognier, Jaffurs Viognier, and Cold Heaven Viognier.”  Sommelier Alice Hama

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The Wandering Palate’s Groovy Cheese Board and Knives – A Great Christmas Gift Idea
PHILIPPI WAVE CHEESE SET

It has become a longstanding tradition that our good friends from Hong Kong, John and Sandra, join us for Christmas Day lunch; no matter where we are in the world, they always manage to make it for our Roast Turkey and Christmas Pudding ritual that lasts all day–and well into the night. Read More >

The Wandering Palate Christmas Turkey 2013
Deutchers Turkey - Wandering Palate Christmas Table

With only a few more days until Christmas, I hope you have your turkey organized. The Wandering Palate is all sorted with preparations well underway and a ‘Canter Valley’ turkey ordered from the Mediterranean Market in Queenstown, as we will be staying in Central Otago, New Zealand for much of the Christmas period. Read More >

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Merry Christmas from the Wandering Palate – I Hope Santa Brings You a Big Juicy Bone
Merry Christmas from the Wandering Palate

The Sommelier’s Palate – Rajeshwaran Gopal, Group Sommelier Samadhi Retreats, Malaysia & Singapore
Rajeshwaran Gopal, Group Sommelier Samadhi Retreats - Singapore and Malaysia

“Sherry is always a favourite at home, current pick is Valdespino Tio Diego Amontillado. The perfect complement for most of my late night takeout from the local hawker centre.”                               Sommelier Rajeshwaran Gopal Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Our Rocky Mountain High Sommelier Brandon Tebbe. Denver, Colorado
Sommelier Brandon Tebbe

(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 >

Debra Meiburg MW Greater China Trade Guides – Help us reach Lucky 888
http://debramasterofwine.com

In an end of year spate of adding up annual sales figures for our Greater China Trade Guides, our team came to the exciting realization that we are only a few copies away from 888, and you can bet that as an ex-CPA and Hong Kong girl for two and a half decades, I’m not passing up this brush with good fortune!  Anyone who wants to help us achieve our grand goal will get a signed copy of any (or all) of the three Guides and we’ll throw in one of our spiffy wine gift bags for all the bottles we know you’ll be gifting over the next few months. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Wes Guild, Sommelier & General Manager, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Singapore
Wes Guild, Sommelier & General Manager, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Singapore

I’m a huge fan of Rhône varietals so I love to find different expressions throughout the world.  One of my favourite wines to have guests try in the restaurant is a 2006 Syrah by Abadia Retuerta out of Sardón de Duero. Wes Guild, Sommelier & General Manager, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Singapore Read More >

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and On the ‘Middle Earth’ Wine Route
Air New Zealand Smaug the dragon livery

The second instalment of New Zealand director Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy is set to hit the big screens in December 2013. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins and company as they continue their quest to reclaim Erebor. The diverse landscapes of New Zealand will once again be on show when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released. Read More >