Meet Caz, the fatest worker, well fatest at flying, at Felton Road winery, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand With picking for the 2013 vintage in Central Otago underway, the most alluring prospect for any pest bird such as Starlings, Sparrows and Indian Blackbirds is a nice ripe, juicy-sweet grape. These nuisance birds peck holes in grapes to drink the juice which exposes the grapes to fungal infection and subsequently the whole bunch is damaged. ... read more >
Walter Bourke - enjoyed his Champagne! I waste an inordinate amount of time coaching people on wine. Most of it falls on deaf ears, which irritates me. What’s most annoying is I did not initiate it; people come to me asking for advice – what should I drink? Where do I get it? How much will it cost? ... read more >
Sam Weaver loves compost - Photo by Bob Campbell MW - www.bobcampbell.co.nz [caption id="attachment_7205" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Sam Weaver loves compost - Photo by Bob Campbell MW - www.bobcampbell.co.nz"][/caption] Churton Estate is one of the Wandering Palate’s favourite New Zealand wineries and represents a more holistic, artisan side of Marlborough amongst the hordes... I wanted to share their current newsletter which has an excellent article from Bob Campbell MW and some wholesome observations ... read more >
Angelo Gaja at Raffles Singapore It is the change in the climate, characterized by long-lasting summer heat and lack of rainfall, which has caused the significant drop in the production of grapes in Italy’s 2012 vintage; for the same reason, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 were low-production years as well. To this must now be also added the limited inventory of wine from previous vintage ... read more >
Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year USA – White Wine of the Year Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay 2008 - Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California At the risk of being repetitive, whenever I’m asked what is my favourite wine? The answer is invariably, “The one I haven’t tried yet” and discovery remains my main motivation in my enthusiasm for wine. ... read more >
Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year - Year of the White Rabbit 2011 [caption id="attachment_5671" align="alignnone" width="647" caption="Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year - Year of the White Rabbit 2011"][/caption] The Year of the Dragon begins at 6.24pm, February 4th 2012: To which the Wandering Palate draws a line in the cellar/tasting-notebook and presents a retrospective account of the standout wines of the drinking year - the 2011 lunar drinking year - Year ... read more >
Pegasus Pinot Noir vertical - closeup Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2012 Year of the Black Water Dragon year Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2009 – Waipara, South Island, New Zealand What auspicious vinous attributes should we be looking for in the year of Black Water Dragon? ... read more >
Cool Climate Wines I always approach the Wandering Palate ‘Wine Book of the Year’ with trepidation, partly because wine books can be rather droll for the average reader or even wine consumer, notwithstanding research style works are indeed useful. ... read more >
Shalom Burgundy Blog - The energy rods being used to search for good energy in the vineyard Our 'Wandering Sommelier' Shalom Chin encounters some Wine Feng Shui in Burgundy, indeed it would appear that Burgundian's take Chi as a life-force very serioulsy... ... read more >
La Bratta 2007 Australian Red Wine of the Year Arlewood La Bratta 2007 – Margaret River, Western Australia When was the last time you had an Australian merlot that pushed your button? I came across one that not only aroused my merlot curiosity; it triggered just about every pleasure and sensory neuron in my wandering olfactories and aesthetic and had me reaching for ... read more >