A foggy day in Nieve of Barbaresco  This is why they call the grape Nebbiolo because of the fog Nebbia Although the North-east of Italy is known for its Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato and Gavi, not many people would expect that Piedmont can produce such a wide array of wines made from international varietals. ... read more >
Schubert Vintage 2012 - Choice vintage eh Bros Continuing our sneak previews of the 2012 New Zealand grape harvest, I asked Kai Schubert at Schubert Winery in Martinborough how the vintage looks, to which he replied, “We are still picking!” ... read more >
Felton Road end of vintage party - the entire crew With the southernmost wine regions in the world, the New Zealand grape harvest is in full swing with some vineyards almost completely through vintage (late ripening varieties like riesling will be picked throughout May) and many vignerons are breathing a sigh of relief, with ferments finished and the anxiety levels subsiding. ... read more >
The tasting room at Domaine de la Mordoree Final part of the Rhône series My journey in the Southern Rhône comes to an end at Tavel and Lirac – two towns which are a mere six minutes from each other. There is always more to expound about the riches of the Rhône, such as the areas of Luberon, the Ventoux and the Vaucluse. Domaine Faverot, Domaine de la ... read more >
A genial atmosphere tasting English wines alfresco at the Wine Pantry Our Wandering Sommelier, Shalom Chin, investigates the English wine following the trail from the Wine Pantry at Borough Market and out into the field in Kent and Sussex. And he’s impressed with what he sees - read on... ... read more >
The village of Gordes reminiscent of a fortified citadel from that of the Lord of the Rings Our intrepid Singapore sommelier, Shalom Chin, has filed a heroic piece on the Southern Rhone Valley and the much-underrated Cotes du Rhone Villages wines. Sommeliers take note; this is the level of writing skills and opinion you should be attaining. Wine enthusiasts take note; it’s time to be listening to and reading what sommeliers have to say, they are at ... read more >
The White House Someone in the White House clearly has good taste or has been reading the Wandering Palate, having served at the Obama-Cameron state banquet, the Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille 2009 with the first course of crisped halibut with potato crust served on a bed of braised baby kale (fresh from the White House garden) with shaved Brussels sprouts and ... read more >
The Dentelle de Montmirail protects the  Muscat vines here from the Mistral wind Part 4 of the Rhône series. My love-affair with both Muscat & Grenache. My first flirtation with both Muscat and Grenache were both Australians. Over the years, my relationship with Grenache has been steady. I have fond memories drinking heady Grenache made from 100 year-old vines planted in the Barossa Valley. While travelling in France, I encountered both Banyuls and ... read more >
Terraces laid out at high elevation in Gigondas Part 3 of the Rhône series If there is a wine that always confuses me as a Châteaunuef-du-Pape (CDP) in a blind tasting, it would be Gigondas. The name has Latin origins and comes from the word jocunditas, meaning joy or pleasantness. ... read more >
Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2009 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Prima Donna 2009 – Waipara Valley, South Island, New Zealand Also notes from a vertical tasting Having already announced Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2009 as the “Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2012 Year of the Black Water Dragon year”, I had in fact already singled it out as my “Red Wine of ... read more >