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 >
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 >
Sam Neill - Winegrower 17th January 2014 Two Paddocks vineyards have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says “We’ve been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we’ve always admired – Desert ... read more >
Marlborough Pinot Noir Safari Team Reflecting on my New Zealand visit earlier in February this year, primarily to attend the Pinot Noir New Zealand Celebration 2013 (www.pinotnz.co.nz) held in sunny Wellington, one of the highlight's of my trip was visiting the Marlborough region. ... read more >
Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under [caption id="attachment_9060" align="alignleft" width="329"] Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under[/caption] For those of us that have known Phillip Jones throughout his winegrowing evolution--for some of us that spans over three decades--and those that have managed to grasp the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities of the man (and there are many) and his extraordinary wines, those that have persevered with his ... read more >
Chef and Bon Vivant Walter Bourke - he also liked his Champagne Walter Bourke: September 15, 1945 - September 19, 2003 I first met Walter Bourke in 1986, at his legendary Melbourne restaurant, Maria & Walter’s. I had been invited to the ‘Table 8’, an underground group of the most serious wine palates in Australia, which convened regularly in the upstairs private dining room at Maria & Walter’s for extravagant banquets with ... read more >
Bell Hill - Sherwyn Veldhuizen, Marcel Giesen and Jamie Case (my travel buddy throughout NZ trip) Continuing my account of Pinot Noir New Zealand Celebration 2013 held in Wellington in February and my travels around New Zealand's vineyard regions. Admittedly I was on a patriotic high from this incredible four-day event but even more so, I felt a strong sense of absolution; that my visit to Bell Hill vineyard in Weka Pass, North Canterbury (South Island) ... read more >
Felton Raod Elms vineyard Highlighting Felton Road as my Biodynamic Vigneron of the Lunar Year (Rabbit) encompasses acknowledging the hard toil of Felton Road viticulturist, Gareth King, and winemaker, Blair Walter; their implementation and day-to-day painstaking work in managing an organic vineyard and a property that fully embraces biodynamic principals is commendable with Felton Road the benchmark for New Zealand vignerons. ... read more >
Looking down on the Villa Maria Seddon Vineyard and Awatere River Regular readers will have noticed a lack of new material on the Wandering Palate website over the last month, a direct consequence of ‘gone fishing’ in New Zealand; actually angling for pinot noir more than fish. ... read more >
Right bunch of Bastards of Pinot Noir [caption id="attachment_8180" align="alignnone" width="637" caption="That wonderful Bastard Larry "][/caption] Inspired by one of the ‘take home’ messages from the New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration 2013, so eloquently articulated by Sam Neill, I have been doodling away on the “Bastards of Pinot Noir”. It’s meant to be a song although reads more like a poem but I’m thinking if someone can ... read more >