Visa Wellington on a Plate New Zealand’s largest and tastiest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP), is set to serve its sixth course of good times and great deals from 15-31 August. ... read more >
Andrea Fasan, Head Sommelier and wine buyer at La Petite Maison, London "Morey Saint Denis ‘Clos des Montluisants’ 2001 Ponsot (such unique wine made from Aligote) and Salmon sushi, an incredible pairing!" Sommelier Andrea Fasan ... read more >
CM_Birthday_Market_Square_FA (2) jpeg A fantastic weekly food and wine market showcasing Wellington artisans. Tucked inside the atrium of the iconic Chaffers Dock Building on Wellington's waterfront, the City Market is the capital's number one destination for a taste of the region. Championed by award-winning chef Martin Bosley and Rachel Taulelei of local food company Yellow Brick Road, the City Market brings a star-studded ... read more >
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Mike K - Kosta Browne bottle Amid the tightest security seen for any wine show in the world, the ‘Discover California Wines’ show was held at the Hyatt on the Bund, on Wednesday May 21. Police, security, scanners and metal detectors were the order of the day, with each guest-and there were plenty-having their bags scanned and being searched. It would make for a great scene ... read more >
The Sommelier’s Palate - Alexander Koblinger MS, Sommelier at Restaurant Hotel Obauer in Werfen, Austria "Agrapart Les 7 Crus Champagne: a perfect crisp, clean champagne with extremely long aftertaste, crisp fruit character and a very elegant mousseux. It offers great value for money." Master Sommelier Alexander Koblinger ... read more >
Fabien Duboueix CSW CSS - Sommelier at Joël Robuchon Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore (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 >
Mount Edward winery and Drumlin vineyard We all have our mountains to climb—in life—some tougher than others. New Zealanders seem to be good at tackling the most difficult ones, like winegrower Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward in Central Otago, assailing the treacherous slopes and objective dangers of being a vigneron, and having reached the elusive peaks of perfection with the perilous pinot noir grape. ... read more >
The Qualty Chop House dining room Admittedly, arriving at the ‘Wandering Palate Restaurant of the Year’ is essentially informed subjectivism; there is no avoiding the emotional and mental reactions of the individual; you will simply have to trust my palate and meta-ethics. ... read more >
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Moondarra Samba Side Arguably the most profound pinot noir in the New World and emphatic proof that Australia has a two-speed wine industry ... read more >
Sommelier Isabelle Brunet, Sommelier Isabelle Brunet is our 100th Sommelier's Palate interview, which is most fitting as she is the sister of Christophe Brunet, the first Sommelier featured to launch this column. Isabelle is a highly respected Sommelier at the top of her game having spent the last 10 years at the legendary Monvinic wine bar in Barcelona as Sommelier and Wine Buyer ... read more >