The Sommelier’s Palate – Scott Zoccolillo, Sommelier and Front of House Manager at Nectar Restaurant in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Scott Zoccolillo, Sommelier and front of house manager at Nectar Restaurant

“I am a big fan of the Finger Lake Region in New York. Visiting in the fall when the leaves change colours is absolutely breath taking.” Sommelier Scott Zoccolillo Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Marc Piquet, Sommelier at The Greenhouse restaurant, Mayfair, London
Marc Piquet, Sommelier at The Greenhouse restaurant, Mayfair

Do you have a favourite wine bar? “28/50, always a great selection” Sommelier Marc Piquet Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Christopher Leo, Sommelier at Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles
Christopher Leo, Sommelier at Pizzeria Mozza

(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 >

Prosecco – What’s in a name?
Prosecco Grapes

I started writing this piece in December last year, and have only just come back to it, at the end of April 2014. “Writer’s Block” is my excuse; even Shakespeare may have suffered from it. I am self-medicating with a glass of Prosecco as I write. Read More >

Free free, set them free… Free free, set them free
Great Escape

Yes the rumour is true, the Wandering Palate has escaped Singapore, having moved back to my old home town of Wellington, New Zealand, after nearly three decades—wandering. If anyone asks why Wellington? Just tell them “It’s like an ocean trout lost at sea for 28 years and finally coming back to the spawning ground”.

I will write at length on the Singapore experience (meanwhile click here) and what is install next including a new writing gig in the wings, but this will have to wait, until we have unpacked…meanwhile it is business as usual with the Wandering Palate website, albeit random until things settle down a bit. And you can get me on thewanderingpalate@gmail.com

Cheers! Curtis

 

Ata Rangi – There are seeing-eye dogs, sniffer dogs, and then there are wine dogs. Checking brix today before the Syrah pick..
How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course

How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course

This picture twittered by Ata Rangi caught my eye… there are truffle dogs and there are Brix sniffing dogs, pretty logical when you think about…

read more on Ata Rangi – click here

 

 

The Sommelier’s Palate – Oliver Brandenburg, Sommelier at London Mandarin Oriental, Bar Boulud
Oliver Brandenburg, Sommelier at London Mandarin Oriental, Bar Boulud

 Sager & Wilde in Hackney as it’s in my neighbourhood. Staff is friendly and place is relaxed with a good crowd and an interesting wine list. Oliver Brandenburg, Sommelier at Bar Boulud, London Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Carlos Alvarez, Sommelier and Blogger, Barcelona, Spain
Carlos Alvarez, Sommelier and Blogger, Barcelona, Spain

Do you have a favourite wine bar? “Monvínic in Barcelona. Thousands of references in a cozy space served for very good wine waiters.” Sommelier Carlos Alvarez Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Jasper Kok, Sommelier at The Sanchaya Estate, Bintan, Indonesia
The Sanchaya - Pre-Opening

“I am intrigued by wines from marginal climates such as Valtellina, beautiful wines from Ar.Pe.Pe for example, their Sassella Valtellina Superiore and the Inferno Valtellina are amazing…” Jasper Kok, Sommelier at The Sanchaya Estate, Bintan

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‘Oh Viva Da Nang, Dan Nang me, Da Nang me, went out to get a rope and hang me…’
One of the pools at The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

Gooood Morning Vi-et naaaaaam!

The Wandering Palate arrived in Da Nang yesterday afternoon, an easy 2 ½ hour flight from Singapore. Well, not entirely without incident, as it took over an hour to check-in at the Singapore Airlines counter at Changi Airport. Yes, I know that sounds highly unusual for the perpetually efficient SIA Changi duo. Read More >

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