The Incredible Rarity of Being Common
Timothy Bruyns

The Common Tiger restaurant in new Phnom Penh dining precinct, Street 294 is anything but common, love stories rarely are.  Read More >

The Whole Duck
The Duck restaurant on Sotheros Boulevard, Phnom Penh

Our Cambodia correspondent, Darren Gaul, reports on the latest restaurant opening in Phnom Penh, The Duck Read More >

The Duke of Duck – Celebrating Villa Maria’s 50th vintage at Phnom Penh’s latest dinning hot spot, The Duck
Darren Gall MC's The Duck Villa Maria Dinner

Last year, Villa Maria Estate celebrated its 50th vintage; its first vintage, back in 1962 was off a single acre of grapes, vinified in a small shed in suburban Auckland. Read More >

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Obituary: Peter Lehman, The Baron of the Barossa
In 1979, Peter Lehmann founded the winery based on his bravery, loyalty and commitment to Barossa and his desire to ‘do the right thing’ by protecting his mates - the independent grape growers of the Barossa.

Australian Wine Maker and wine company founder Peter Lehmann AO has died aged 82, it is hard to imagine any winemaker past, present or future that will ever have such an impact on a wine region or endear himself to grape growers as quite the same way as Peter in his beloved Barossa Valley. Read More >

Finding Nero
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Homer and Virgil sent Odysseus and Aemeas to her island shores; there they encountered harpies, Cyclops, Laestrygonians, sirens and Aeolia the God of Winds. This is a place where The Gods broker deals with mere mortals and wreak havoc upon anyone who refuses their will. When Dionysius, (Bacchus) was said to have given the first wine to man, it was on the island of Sicily that he chose to bestow his gift. Read More >

Khmer Cuisine – One of the world’s oldest living cuisines
Khmer Cuisine

Khmer cuisine is one of the world’s oldest living cuisines and one of the most resilient on the planet.

Spices are often exquisite in quality, yet restrained and understated in their use. Regional flavours and dishes prevail: cardamom from the Cardamom Mountains, turmeric from Battambang and of course Pepper from Kampot, these are internationally renowned for their intensity and quality. Saffron is valued for medical qualities as well as flavor and aroma. Tamarind also forms the basis of many sauces and marinades. Read More >

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Noir – The Heart of Darkness
Maya, Indian goddess of illusions

“Maya, Indian goddess of illusions, siren of shipwrecked sailors; if only you lactated Pinot Noir, you’d be perfect.”  Miles to Maya in the movie ‘Sideways’. Read More >

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When the Levy Breaks
I'm really OK - I like the rain

Our Cambodian correspondent, Darren Gall, fights off going troppo in the rainy season with a mix of Tomaso Albinoni Adagio, boyhood memories, cooking like an Italian and a deluge of Piedmonte wine. We think he’s OK now—Darren… “What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin’? Well you’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than the average asshole out walkin’ around on the streets (in the rain)  and that’s it” One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Read More >

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Out of my glass
"Often, it is not simply about what is in your glass it’s about everything else that comes together around it. "

Our Cambodian correspondent, Darren Gall shares his rational on sensory aspects of wine, “I have also learned that, for me, it is impossible to consider the wine in isolation…” encapsulating this publications doctrine, that wine is singularly boring yet compositely “delicious”. Read More >

Dear Wine Valentine
Wine Valentine - Illustration by George Grainger-Alderidge

The Wandering Palate Cambodian Correspondent, Darren Gall, rises above drowning in his sorrows on Valentine’s Day to share his wisdom on wine and love and falling out of love, being well versed in aspects. Read More >