What do Marmite, Vegemite, tuna, mushrooms, prosciutto, chicken stock, Parmesan and fermented black beans all have in common? They all contain the fifth taste sensation umami. It is a meaty, savoury taste less obvious than sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness but I believe more delicious than the other four taste sensations. Umami rich dishes are perfect partners for pinot noir ... read more >
Last November, 2012, the Family of Twelve, www.familyoftwelve.co.nz a fraternity of 12 of New Zealand’s most successful and enduring artisanal private winemakers visited Singapore. I had the privilege of organizing their programme titled “Twelve reasons to get excited about New Zealand Wines”, which was thoroughly action-packed, as detailed in F12 member, Nigel Greening’s account – click here. ... read more >
“Does anyone not drink wine” I asked in my opening address to a table of ten ladies that I was about to entertain for lunch and talk on the merits of pairing wine with Asian cuisine. ... read more >
By all accounts, vintage 2011 was a challenge for most Australia wine growing regions. Phillip Jones is quite forthright about it by describing the conditions at his Leongatha South vineyard as “wet and cold” on the back labels of his current releases. ... read more >
We just had Sam Neill and Jeffrey Grosset visiting and a great evening was had by all imbibing in fabulous riesling, pinot noir and the wife’s legendary duck curry. The Two Paddocks Riesling did itself proud in the slipstream of the almighty Polish Hill, with Sam declaring he’s a big fan of the Polish Hill and something about it being ... read more >
"Mutton today, Mutton Yesterday, and blimey if it don't look like mutton tomorrer!" It seems even Hobbit’s have a taste for Pinot Noir... A little news clipping came across my desk from Judy Finn at Neudorf announcing, “Neudorf Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2010 has been selected for the world premiere of Sir Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”. The wine will be ... read more >
Visit these links https://vimeo.com/52806019#signin or http://www.pinotnz.co.nz/ ... read more >
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In 2001 Kiwi winemakers decided to throw back the covers and show the world why their Pinot Noir was special. It was the birth of an event which has been lauded for its style and excellence - the stunning tasting of more than 100 top New Zealand Pinots, the very best Pacific food, classic Kiwi entertainment and all on the ... read more >
Our Shanghai correspondent, Mick Knuppel, senses a change of the old guard as the new generation Shanghainese move away from pretentious French burgundy and discover that New Zealand’s deep-fruited pinot noirs are not only more generous and accessible they are brilliantly suited to this region’s cuisine moreover, offer exceptional value for money. ... read more >