The Sommelier’s Palate – Job Seuren, Sommelier at Restaurant De Librije, Netherlands
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.”

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The Sommeliers Palate – Rasmus Marquart, Sommelier at Atelier M, Dubai
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 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 >

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – 28 February – 16 March, 2014
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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.

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The Wandering Palate Wine Feng Shui – Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Wooden Horse
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 Parker – The Wine Advocate – ‘Hedonistic’ Grand World Tour
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 MUCH ECSTASY THAT THEY CAN BE LABELLED “OBVIOUS”, BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY GRATIFYING WINES THAT FASCINATE AND ENTHRALL. PLEASURE AT ITS BEST.”  Robert Parker Read More >

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2014 – Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience 1 – 2 March
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), Phillip Jones (Bass Phillip, Gippsland) and Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda, Beechworth). Read More >

New Vineyard Acquisition for Sam Neill and Two Paddocks in Central Otago
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 Heart.” Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Chris McPherson, An Australian Sommelier in New York
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“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 >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Julia Oudill, Sommelier at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, London
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“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

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The Best Fish-and-Chips in the World
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 >

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