The Sommelier’s Palate, Beth Lieberman – Momofuku New York City – Noodle Bar, Ko, Ssäm Bar, and Má Pêche

(pronounced suh-mal-‘yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.”

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Bia Hoi (Fresh Beer & Vietnamese Street Food) Brunswick East – Melbourne, Australia

A summer fling!

The story so far: three industry veterans go to Vietnam, drink beer, eat amazing food and are inspired to share the fun and simplicity of their newest discovery: bia hoi (fresh beer) and the food that goes with it. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Peter Healy

(pronounced suh-mal-‘yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies.

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The Wandering Palate Restaurant of the Year – Brasserie Gavroche, Paris-Singapore

As the economies (and property prices) defy gravity and the insatiable desire for all things Western continues unabated in Asia metropolises like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai the dining scene is equally electric and eclectic. And yet with all the bling and prowess of celebrity chefs, I find myself apathetic with much of it and anything more than two sets of cutlery scares me; I fear my degustation days are over. Read More >

Pinot Noir Avatar – Singapore Chef Samia Ahad shares her Perfect Match to New Zealand Pinot Noir – Lamb Shanks Scented with Persian Limes

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 >

Best Winery Restaurant of the Year – Carrick, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand

Winery restaurants are sprouting like vine shoots in spring, indicative of the burgeoning wine tourism in vineyards regions the world over. Read More >

The Wandering Palate Stomach 2012

As the Gregorian calendar year draws to a close and we reminisce, in our glass, there barely seems time for reflection little lone antecedental contemplation as the new vintage is upon us – as my nine year-old daughter says “Just get over it”. Read More >

Wandering Palate designs innovative wine programme for Man Tong Kitchen, at the Crowne Casino, Melbourne

The Wandering Palate has just completed designing the wine programme for Man Tong Kitchen, a new Chinese restaurant that opened, 18th December, 2012 at the Crowne Casino in Melbourne www.mantongkitchen.com.au Read More >

Journey Through Asia Menu – A Ladies Luncheon at Coriander Leaf

Does wine go with Asian cuisine? Absolutely! “Show me a wine and I will find you an element of spice or herb infused within it.” Indeed, most grape varieties intrinsically display a multitude of spice nuances in aroma or flavour, some more than others. Clearly such nuances and characteristics are synergistic with many Asian cuisines. There is also a central thread in the wines chosen for today’s lunch: organic and biodynamic viticulture, highlighting artisan woman winemakers and proprietors, and an eclectic selection of very high quality and individualistic wines – a journey of wine discovery and pairing to Asian cuisine. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Franck Crouvezier

(pronounced suh-mal-‘yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >