The Sommelier’s Palate – Mâitre Sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc, Paris, France
Mâitre Sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc, Paris, France

 (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 >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Ian Burrows, Wine Director & Lead Sommelier at Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Ian Burrows, Wine Director & Lead Sommelier at Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

(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 >

The Ancient Art of Wine Dinners
Mike K - wine bottle line up

I guess many readers have some form of wine group. Be it the single bottle club (SBC) or the ubiquitous Beef and Burgundy Club (BBC), wine groups abound whenever passionate wine lovers gather. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Amanda Bulgin, Sommelier at Restaurant focus, Park Hotel Vitznau, Switzerland
Amanda Bulgin, Sommelier at Restaurant focus, Park Hotel Vitznau

(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 >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Sommelier Diego Meraviglia, Vice President & Director Of Education for the North American Sommelier Association
Sommelier Diego Meraviglia

What’s your latest wine discovery – new region, variety or style? Generally I am beginning to appreciate and discover the wines of the Hunter Valley in Australia.” Sommelier Diego Meraviglia Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Matthias Breitsameter, Sommelier at Restaurang 28+, Gothenborg, Sweden
Matthias Breitsameter, Sommelier at Restaurang 28+, Gothenborg,  Sweden

(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 >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Tahiirah Habibi Allen, Sommelier at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, Miami, Florida
Tahiirah Habibi Allen, Sommelier at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, Miami, Florida

(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 >

Take Two Lively Ladies and Stir With Ruth Pretty and Helen Masters, Ata Rangi – Saturday 12 July 2014
Helen Masters - Photo courtesy of Peter Monk

If food and wine are made to be enjoyed together, then so are winemaker Helen Masters and food supremo Ruth Pretty. Read More >

Inglenook
Mike K - Napa Inglenook bottle

Our Shanghai correspondent, Michael Knuppel, goes ‘wandering’ in the Napa Valley, California and visits the legendary Inglenook

 “Heritage is everything. If you have heritage and respect it, it is an endless source of inspiration.”Francis Ford Coppola Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Raul Vega Velasco, Consultant Sommelier in Mexico City
Raul Vega Velasco, Consultant Sommelier in Mexico City

(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 >