Job Seuren, Sommelier at Restaurant De Librije “What I really have started to appreciate over the last year(s) is New Zealand chardonnay. So many great examples, much more interesting than their sauvignon blancs and the Millton Clos St Anne Chardonnay is perhaps the best new world chardonnay I have ever tasted.” Job Seuren, Sommelier at Restaurant De Librije, Netherlands ... read more >
Rasmus Marquart, Sommelier at Atelier M, Dubai (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 >
MFWF_2014_Primary_With_Dates Over 17 days food and wine lovers are invited to celebrate the world’s ocean and river fare guided by the best seafood chefs, join exclusive behind-the-scenes tours both on and off the water, get amongst it at lively street parties, secure a spot at never-to-be-repeated dinners, and much more. THE FESTIVAL HUB, 28 February – 16 March ... read more >
M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem 2009 & 2010 What auspicious vinous attributes should we be looking for in the year of The Wooden Horse? Veteran Sommelier and Wine Feng Shui Master, The Wandering Palate, prophesies on the wine that will bring good fortune and enjoyment.    ... read more >
Robert M. Parker, Jr Beijing 27 Feb , Shanghai Mar 2 , Hong Kong Mar 5, Kuala Lumpur Mar 9 & Singapore Mar 16 HEDONISTIC  "DELIVERING MAXIMUM DRINKING PLEASURE WITH A RICH, FULL BODY AND LOADS OF RIPE FRUIT FLAVORS. NEITHER INTROSPECTIVE NOR INTELLECTUAL, BUT RATHER PROVIDING SHEER DELIGHT, JOY AND EUPHORIA. HEDONISTIC WINES CAN BE CRITICIZED BECAUSE IN ONE SENSE THEY PROVIDE SO ... read more >
Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience - Photo by Daniel Mahon The hallmark wine event of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (28 February – 16 March 2014), Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience, returns with once-in-a-lifetime wine tastings guided by international authorities Tim Atkin MW (UK) and Chateau Coutet’s Aline Baly (France), joined by some of Australia’s most influential wine experts including Andrew Caillard MW (Langton’s, Sydney), ... read more >
Sam Neill - Winegrower 17th January 2014 Two Paddocks vineyards have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says “We’ve been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we’ve always admired – Desert ... read more >
chris "I was back home in Melbourne, Australia recently and dined at Cumulus Up which is the wine bar above Cumulus restaurant. Unpretentious knowledgeable service and perfectly executed food that were great pairings to what we were drinking. I love the food and wine scene in Melbourne."  Sommelier Chris McPherson ... read more >
Julia “I just discovered the wines from Ariana Occhipinti, in Sicily. I tasted the SP68 and il Frappato… I can drink her wines every day.” Sommelier Julia Oudill, France ... read more >
Bobby's Fresh Fish Mart - Best Fish n Chips in the World It’s a curious thing, but I crave Fish-and-Chips, almost every week. I do try to constrain this addiction to a once a fortnight fix, although it’s a feeble attempt. ... read more >