Fontodi in Panzano
Mike K - Fontodi terrecota

I’ve said it before, but fell for it again…don’t trust the sat nav. We made our way to the Tuscan hinterland and the charming little village of Panzano in time for dinner. We were due a few hours earlier…as I say; trust the map and one’s own cartography skills. The sun sets late here. You eat at 8.30, while there’s still light, and you’ve had you’re passagiata and built a hunger. Read More >

Another brilliant lunch at Carrick Winery, Bannockburn, Central Otago
Carrick Lamb
I had lunch at Carrick Winery yesterday (Oct 15th) and can report that they are going from strength to strength with new head chef Gwen Harvie (previously Head Chef at Eicharts for many years) and she has clearly raised the bar with the food and menu. I also sense Carrick’s proprietor Steve Green has the place running in top form and the wines and vineyards all on song. Read More >
Yalumba Master Class with Louisa Rose
Mike K - Yalumba Viogner bottle

Radisson New World Hotel, 88 Nanjing Road Shanghai

Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, sits firmly in the highest echelon of Australian wineries. It always has. With a dense history dating back to 1849, Yalumba’s wines and story reflect as much about the Australian wine industry as any. Read More >

Ascending Mount Edward
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 Conception & Samba Side Pinot Noir 2010 – Gippsland Mountain Rivers Districts, Victoria, Australia
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 >

Inglenook
Mike K - Napa Inglenook bottle

Our Shanghai correspondent, Michael Knuppel, goes ‘wandering’ in the Napa Valley, California and visits the legendary Inglenook

 “Heritage is everything. If you have heritage and respect it, it is an endless source of inspiration.”Francis Ford Coppola Read More >

Prosecco – What’s in a name?
Prosecco Grapes

I started writing this piece in December last year, and have only just come back to it, at the end of April 2014. “Writer’s Block” is my excuse; even Shakespeare may have suffered from it. I am self-medicating with a glass of Prosecco as I write. Read More >

The Wandering Palate Wine Feng Shui – Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Wooden Horse
M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem

M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem 2009 & 2010

What auspicious vinous attributes should we be looking for in the year of The Wooden Horse? Veteran Sommelier and Wine Feng Shui Master, The Wandering Palate, prophesies on the wine that will bring good fortune and enjoyment.    Read More >

New Vineyard Acquisition for Sam Neill and Two Paddocks in Central Otago
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 Heart.” Read More >

Dexter Mornington Peninsula 2012 Releases
Dexter - Mornington Peninsula, www.dexterwines.com.au

Tod Dexter knows as much as anyone about this Peninsula and his 2011 releases were a triumph given the difficult vintage conditions that year. In 2012 the weather Gods were much kinder, indeed this looks to have been a very good vintage indeed. Read More >