Luke Mangan at home and in the mood The Wandering Palate shouts celebrity Chef, Luke Mangan lunch at the Adam Park Food Court, total bill S$21. Where do you go when one of world’s most celebrated chef’s drops in to Singapore and says, “Let’s have lunch”!  Take him to a hawker stall of course, for some wholesome local food. And that’s precisely what we did, heading to my ... read more >
Weingut Nigl vineyards, Austria Curiosity gets the better of Curtis Marsh who lines up for a sauvignon blanc tasting, with surprising results. How would you like to try no less than 50 sauvignon blanc's before lunch? It was a daunting prospect, even for a hardened wine professional. Personally, I am not endeared to sauvignon blanc, although I do enjoy the occasional racy, flinty sancerre ... read more >
Flaw in Wine Ratings The wine rating system is flawed, because it doesn't take into account the human factor. The growing cast of wine consumers obsessed with scores - seemingly an inherent process for choosing super-premium wines these days - troubles me. It is not just the credulous trust in scores that is a concern, but the dependence of wine merchants and marketers on ... read more >
Caroline Frey, oenologist and winemaker at Chateau La Lagune The 2005 vintage is being hailed as among best of the past century but there is always plenty of spin involved. Wine merchants throughout the world are ubiquitously fixated with en premeur sales of 2005 Bordeaux, blamelessly riding the wave of a frenzied market chasing a dream vintage. The Bordelaise propensity to embellish necessitates some recalibration after the vintage has ... read more >
Winebar With the very nature of wine appreciably less intimidating nowadays and a growing familiarity amongst the populace, a glass of wine is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life around the world. Today’s more self-assured, open-minded wine consumer has a considerably larger vinous world to explore with a myriad of regions, varieties and styles. As any wine marketer will acknowledge, ... read more >
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Christmas turkey paired with Pinot Gris Conventional wisdom would point to chardonnay as a logical choice, ideally with some bottle age. Roast turkey certainly calls for a white wine with texture and richness or even opulence, which is why this year, my perfect match is Seresin Pinot Gris 2008. One of my personal favourites in Seresin portfolio their pinot gris is made in style that one ... read more >
Lunch at the Australia & New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration Australia and New Zealand both produce first class pinot noir but Curtis Marsh is swayed by a Wellington street party in its honor. Having recently listed the merits of pinot noir from Victoria, Australia's stronghold of the variety, it would be remiss not to address the antipodean challenger of New World pinot greatness, New Zealand. Despite mutual British ancestry and ... read more >
Vinexpo logo Taste testing the best 2003 Bordeaux at Vinexpo had its pain and its pleasures... Curtis Marsh confesses all. I recently spent three grueling days tasting at the world's largest and most significant wine show, Vinexpo, with leading vintners from all over the globe massed at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Vinexpo has been held bi- annually in Bordeaux ... read more >
Dean Hewitson, Barossa Valley, Australia At the other end of the discounted and oversupplied wine market are undiscovered bargains made from old vines. Having written on the subject of inexpensive wines in this column recently, I highlighted that price-to-quality rapport will always be subjective. There are many facets and arguments to what determines good value, although for most consumers discounts strongly influence the sense of ... read more >
Bordeaux Wines, France Choosing the best out of Bordeaux from 2003. Continuing with my 2003 Bordeaux inquisition the following days tasting held by the Union de Grands Crus de Bordeaux here at Vinexpo was a more comprehensive representation of the Bordeaux communes with an impressive turnout from the northern Medoc appellation St- Julien. ... read more >