Dalwhinnie Chardonnay 2006 Western Victoria, Australia Our Wandering Palate wanders into the Australian gold country of Moonambel-Pyrenees, Victoria, to come up with a favorite chardonnay. I have been on a chardonnay crusade since writing on the subject in October, 2009, and as I taste through the current vintages of top producers from Australian, my headline "Another Brilliant Chardonnay" reverberates. So indulge me as I write a succession ... read more >
Tement Sauvignon Blanc 2009 ‘Klassic’ - Austria If there’s one white grape variety that has found its nirvana in the tropical climates of Asia, it would have to be sauvignon blanc, where practically every day is a ‘crisp white, summers drinking day’. If I were a sauvignon blanc producer I would be focusing my attention and campaigning harder on this part of the world rather than seasonally ... read more >
Henriot Millesime Champagne 1998, France My exposure to champagne is not as comprehensive as in the United Kingdom or US markets, as we do not see many of the excellent smaller houses and grower champagnes in Asia. However, this Henriot Millesime was selected from three blind (masked bottles) champagne tastings I participated in in 2007 and it was unquestionably the standout wine amongst 116 different ... read more >
Maison Trimbach Riesling 2005 Most Consistent and Best Quality - Price Rapport White Wine of the Year 2007 Winery Profile Twelve generations of Trimbachs have prevailed since 1626 over this pre-eminent Alsace house, an unbroken line unthinkable in the new world. The collaboration of time-honored knowledge and skills always impresses me. Maison Trimbach commands the greatest respect from fine wine lovers universally. Their Clos ... read more >
Jurtschitsch GV Veltliner Kaferberg 2007 Our ‘Wandering Palate’, Curtis Marsh, declares Austria’s indigenous white grape variety, Grüner Veltliner, the most well-suited, versatile wine style for Asian cuisine. If one had to name the single most suitable white grape variety in terms of pairing to a broad spectrum of Asian cuisines, including compatibility with spicy heat moreover, congruous with the tropical climate and appealing to the ... read more >
Domaine Grand Cros L’Esprit de Provence 2007 Rosé of the Year Rosé skeptics must surely be convinced by now that this is more than a passing fad, with the bourgeoning popularity of rosé and increasingly diverse range of styles with winemakers from divergent regions pursuing worldwide consumer demand. However, the rose euphoria is being exploited by opportunist (parasitical) wine marketers with a flood of rosé coming on ... read more >
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Peccavi Chardonnay Our wandering palate cruises down the Margaret River, discovers the pleasures of sin. The chardonnay crusade continues with a stunner from Peccavi vineyard, raising the stakes among the heavyweights and proven form of Margaret River, Western Australia. There is a certain expectation of Margaret River chardonnays, both in terms of a fleshy, juicy, intense style and reputation for exemplary quality ... read more >
Indelible purity of fruit, fresh acidity and minerally redolent, texturally seamless with exhilarating tension – 2007 is clearly a harmonious vintage augmenting the stellar evolution of Sugarloaf Ridge. To the frustration of many a wine enthusiast, wine Intel travels a lot easier than the bottles and invariably one finds themselves drooling over the prose of a sublime wine of miniscule ... read more >
Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2007 The ‘Wandering Palate’ examines the evolution of white wine consumption in Asia with an inclination towards chardonnay. As wine consumerism trends evolve in Asia, it is interesting how some of the fashions that profoundly affected the world wine stage in the past have completely eluded the wider Asian market. You may recall the ABC (anything but chardonnay) syndrome. Well this ... read more >
A conversation centred on the rapidly evolving Asia wine market with wine writing colleagues the other day brought to light the growing divergence in preference for wine styles or grape varieties between countries and metropolis’s around the region. All of us are resigned to the fact red bordeaux or anything with “Chateau” on the label presently rules in mainland China ... read more >