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 ... read more >
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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 ... read more >
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 >
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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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 >
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 ... read more > 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! ... read more >
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 >
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: ... read more >