Rippon – 100 Years on the land – 30 vintages

Back in my favourite airline lounge, Wellington Air NZ Koru Club…off to Wanaka for the Rippon vineyard 100 Years on the land, 30 vintages bash – over the long weekend…and what a weekend it will be, or as Rippon folks put it, “The coolest weekend in the last 100 years…” have to say, Jo and Nick Mills are the real deal… 30 year vertical of pinit noir, BBQ on Ruby Island…cigars and hangovers for all… all work of course, I’m only going out of professional courtesy and to write a story for Robert Parker and Wandering Palate, it will be hard work, and we take our work very seriously…even if my wife remains unconvinced!

The Wandering Palate has penned a bit on Rippon, check out http://www.thewanderingpalate.com/must-have-wines/must-have-wine-red-wine-of-the-lunar-year-dragon-rippon-mature-vines-point-noir-2009-%E2%80%93-wanaka-central-otago-new-zealand/

 

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Loretta – Wellington…this place is going to rocket

Had a quick lunch today at Loretta, Wellington…wanted to check it out, wow, most impressed, great space and balance between distressed look and modern clean lines and high-quality fit out. Its breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, wine bar, cafe and everything in between…bloody brilliant wine list, 40 eclectic offerings by the glass and 375ml carafe, all kept in perfect nick with Argon, equally impressed with steemless Riedel glassware. Try the wet risotto with purple carrot, thyme, chervil & parmesan – looks and tastes great. Beef pie was the real job too. This place is going to rock and aimed perfectly at the savvy Wellington palate www.loretta.net.nz

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Afghan Biscuits, Isle of Capri Tomatoes and Broken Heart Gin
Ruth Pretty's Isle of Capri Tomatoes

Having recently spent a few weeks on holiday in Wellington, New Zealand, I can report that we now know where the best Afghan biscuits are baked, and where the most incredible tomatoes and awesome Gin can be had—all of which have a fascinating history or story. Read More >

Good Bye 2013… Hello 2014

Here we in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia, an hour north of Melbourne where we are enjoying the late afternoon sun at our friends country property. It’s been a gorgeously sunny day with the temperature around 28 degrees but there’s a wonderful cool breeze and we are thankful that it is not as hot as it normally is, getting up to the high 30s and early 4os in these parts. Read More >

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London Calling

Only a few more days and we will be off to the UK, heading up to Nottinghamshire first, we will be Glamping for a few days, then spending the weekend in Cambridge with my good friend Noel Young, of Noel Young Wines to which my liver will get a severe beating. Read More >

The Wandering Palate features on winesearcher.com

The Wandering Palate is currently featured on winesearcher.com with his intoxications, delusions, hallucinations and wanderings of delirium on duck and Chianti; be enlightened following the link

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2012/10/curtis-marsh-2001-fattoria-di-felsina-berardenga-chianti Read More >

Global Gastrointestinitis

You only have to look at the world’s stomach presently to get an idea how bad things really are with serious flatulence, verbal diarrhoea and parasitical prostration.    Read More >

The Wandering Palate Weight Gain Program

What a week! There are times when occupational hazard takes one to the absolute extremes of gastronomic limits. Nothwithstanding my considerable capacity – in all respects of consumption and girth – last week was testing the boundaries. Read More >

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Kimchi back-blast, Hunting Elephants and thinking of Don Quixote

It would appear that the Kimchi Project Banggwi is far more potent than North Korean space technologists realized with the stage one Jangdokdae blowing the whole rocket to pieces. Rumours (and odours) coming from the North Korea underground nuclear test site suggest that the Banggwi technology is being adapted to uranium enrichment to develop the Mother of all Weapons of Mass Discomfort (MOWOMD). Read More >

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Advanced Wild Fermented Kimchi Booster-Phase main concern in North Korean Rocket Technology

“Little Joseon, little Joseon, let me come in.”
“No, no, not by the hair on my ICBM.”
“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your Imperialistic House in.”

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