The Wandering Palate is wandering again, this time in Melbourne, Australia. We were greeted with a beautifully warm 30 degree, sunny day on arrival although a little blustery with a hot northerly fanning the air. Mind you, this changed soon enough, as it does in Melbourne, and it’s now a wet decidedly cooler 16 degrees, and falling. ... read more >
Also, empirical proof that cabernet sauvignon under screwcap can age well – but will the Bordelaise embrace change The highlight of a trip to London a few months back was an invitation to dinner from Jancis Robinson MW and Nicolas Lander, moreover the meridian for a wine and food writer; to be breaking bread with the world's doyen of wine ... read more >
Dr Bertold (Bert) Salomon and the Wandering Palate hard at work in Singapore Dr Bertold Salomon, otherwise known as Bert, one of the coolest Austrian winemakers you will come across. Follow our Singapore Sommelier, Shalom Chin, vintage blog, as he does vintage with Bert in Krems. http://www.thewanderingpalate.com/profiled-wineries/vintage-blog-from-singapore-sommelier-shalom-chin-at-undhof-salomon-krems-austria/ ... read more >
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Koh Samui rules of transportation I was rather amused by this signage on the side of my transport to Koh Samui Airport. In case of any language issues, these clearly illustrated rules on boarding the transport ensure there is nothing lost in translation! There is a lot that one can do on this van come mini bus, but there’s also a lot of do not’s, ... read more >
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Terry Chellappah - a man of considerable duck appetite In case you have not been following the ‘Duck Run’, the Wandering Palates recipe for Thai Duck Curry has been gaining momentum around the world with ducks ‘on the run’ all over the place. What began as an approbation of Kai Schubert’s www.schubert.co.nz enormous capacity for our Thai duck curry and the subsequently posting of the secret recipe, the story ... read more >
Michael Hill-Smith MW - 20th vintage tasting in Singapore 2010 - Michael says their wines have got progressively better and he and winemaker Martin Shaw have got balder We see a lot of Michael Hill-Smith MW in Singapore, here regularly for marathon tastings with Singapore Airlines as part of their wine panel.  There is also his annual release of Shaw & Smith wines with a tried and tested formula of an informal tasting of the new releases with Dim Sum, religiously attended by trade for both libation and ... read more >
To most of us gourmands, kitchen gadgets are a never ending fascination. For cooking professionals it’s a preoccupation and fundamental to the logistics of a working kitchen. Like everything related to chefs, we all want to know where the pros go to source their equipment, not only out of functionality and arming ourselves with the very best kit, but also ... read more >
My only English newspaper connection with the outside world last week, on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, was the International Herald-Tribune, which I have to say is an excellent publication, and one I read regularly whenever wandering... What caught my attention was this piece on coriander oil, which is not only fascinating but triggered my admiration for what I ... read more >
I pulled a magnum of Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 1994 out of the cellar on August 21st that had recently come direct from the vineyard re-release program, via Artisan Cellars www.artisan-cellars.com to share a glass and opinion with Nigel Greening from Felton Road, over a Sunday lunch. ... read more >
This article caught my interest last week, a concept that has enormous potential in Singapore and something that deserves a lot more attention from a global perspective. There is already a groundswell of city greening going on around the world however in high density cities like Singapore, moreover with a finite amount of land, the dynamics of turning every building ... read more >