When you have been in the wine trade long enough, in my case 30 years, there are certain wines that you follow as benchmarks; a sort of palate calibration that you undergo every year (vintage) as an imperative to get a bearing and setting a course into an ocean of wines to be tasted. ... read more >
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2011 Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon Vieille Vignes 2010 – Cru Beaujolais November 16th - the most auspicious day of the drinking calendar – the Wandering Palates birthday and the day when the wine Feng Shui is at its zenith. ... read more >
On my first trip to burgundy, some 20 years ago, I discovered the appellation and white wines of St. Aubin. ... read more >
2009 Villa Russiz Sauvignon - Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy 2010 Sugarloaf Ridge Sauvignon Blanc – Hobart, Tasmania As we wing our way from Melbourne to Singapore the wine list on SQ228 has me corned into a sauvignon blanc... a Tinpot 2008 from Marlborough purported to be “atypical as the grapes are predominantly from Blind River in the Awatere Valley which ... read more >
Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year 2010 (A retrospective of standouts in the year of the tiger) Best Discovery of the Year – Markowitsch Reserve Pinot Noir 2004 If there is any sort of ascendency to my passion for wine, I would say discovery is the pinnacle. This goes hand in hand with the question constantly asked of me, “What ... read more >
Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year 2010 – New Zealand Red Wine of the Year Vidal Estate Syrah 2007 - Hawkes Bay, New Zealand www.vidal.co.nz Also Shortlisted for Most Consistent Best Value Wine of the Year My first encounter with Vidal Syrah was the 2004 vintage, served at a wine fair last year in Singapore. The importer had it in ... read more >
Antipodean Chablis Are you a Chablis drinker? A chardonnay purist who relishes the ethereal clarity of Chablis; a wine infused with flinty minerality and a saline quality that speaks so loudly of the soils it hails from it’s unmistakable. Then there’s the slippery, silky texture, largely unadulterated by oak, it’s glassy, lubricous, tantalizingly tangy palate invigorated by exhilarating steely acidity, ... read more >
USA – Red Wine of the Year Amongst the plethora of wineries on this planet and ever-increasing choice, or perhaps bewilderment for the consumer, there is a select group of iconic brands and individual winemakers that stand head and shoulders above the rest. They are the benchmark for all other producers and greatly respected by fellow winemakers and equally revered ... read more >
Schubert Wines Block B Pinot Noir 2008 Must-Have Wines Best of the Lunar Drinking Year Tiger 2010 Its six years since I first visited Schubert winery and I have been an avid follower of their wines ever since. Indeed, I would go as far to say Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling make some of the most profound pinot noir on this planet from their tiny vineyards in ... read more >
The Salomon’s are a remarkable wine family, acquiring the Undhof around 1780, which was once the farm building of a Capuchin monastery, and have been producing wines since 1792. The Undhof is located in twin town of Stein (Krems/Stein), one of the oldest wine centers in Austria, founded on wine a millennium ago when the monks who followed Charlemagne's army ... read more >