A Lesson in Short Term Cellaring, and Life

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 >

A Taste of Churton Terroir – Marlborough, New Zealand

Sam Weaver loves compost - Photo by Bob Campbell MW - www.bobcampbell.co.nz

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 from proprietor and vigneron, Sam Weaver    http://www.churtonwines.co.nz/news/spring-newsletter-2012/ Read More >

THE CLIMATE OF THE VINTAGE – Angelo Gaja on climate change in Italy

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 currently in the cellars of the wineries. In a short space of time, Italian wine has passed from a situation of perennial over-production to one of under-production. Read More >

USA – White Wine of the Year

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. Moreover, the adage ‘The more you know about wine, the more you realise how little you know’ is pertinent with my lack of knowledge on American wine. Read More >

Best Wines of the Lunar Drinking Year – Year of the White Rabbit 2011

Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year - Year of the White Rabbit 2011

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 of the White Rabbit. Read More >

Wine Feng Shui – Most Auspicious Wine for the Year of the Black Water Dragon 2012

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?

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The Wandering Palate – Best of the Lunar Year – Wine Book of the Year 2011 – Cool Climate Wines 媒体资料白葡萄酒经典 by Michael Thurner & Susie Wu

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 >

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Shalom Chin Burgundy Blog 6 – Wine Feng Shui in Burgundy – A superstitious affair?

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…

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Must-Have Wines Best of the Lunar Year – 2010 – Australian Red Wine of the Year

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 my tasting note book.

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Calera Reed Pinot Noir 1997 – Mt. Harlan, California

USA – Red Wine of the Year

Amongst the plethora of wineries on this planet and ever-increasing choice, or perhaps bewilderment for the consumer, there is a select group of iconic brands and individual winemakers that stand head and shoulders above the rest. They are the benchmark for all other producers and greatly respected by fellow winemakers and equally revered by wine enthusiasts.

In the old world and spiritual home of pinot noir, such names as Domaine de le Romanee Conti and Armand Rousseau in Burgundy are holy. In the new world sanctification goes to Calera Wine Co in California, USA and its legendary proprietor, Josh Jensen, a true pioneer of the Californian wine industry and master of the most precarious of all grapes.

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