Highfield Kevin Judd Great Wines high res The view, the hospitality and the food - TerraVin Vineyard Restaurant is one not to be missed, writes Toni Gillan. Immediately over the bridge, turn left and then left again up the hill and there it is. The Highfield Tuscan-inspired winery and tower stands tall on Brookby Ridge with its famous commanding 360-degree views across the Wairau Valley. Established back ... read more >
Mishas Tasting Room 1 Misha’s Vineyard has opened a Tasting Room in Cromwell – the heart of the Central Otago wine region. The ideal location overlooking Lake Dunstan on the main approach to Cromwell, is already proving a busy destination for wine lovers. Vineyard owners Andy and Misha Wilkinson have a spectacular 57-hectare estate on the edge of Lake Dunstan at Bendigo, just ten ... read more >
Print Reflecting on the brilliant and bountiful Wellington on a Plate festival held recently, I had the opportunity of frequenting the pop-up Match Wine Bar, a collaboration of 20 wineries from Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton offering 40 wines by the glass and a pairing menu of 20 small plates created by legendary Chef, Ruth Pretty. ... read more >
Airstream (2) The Wandering Palate caught up with the Prop in Queenstown and enjoyed a sneak preview of the first Two Paddocks 'Proprietors Reserve' individual vineyard Fusilier Pinot Noir 2014, from the newly acquired Felton Road, Bannockburn vineyard... and as the festive season fog in the brain dissipates, the Fusilier 2014 is ingrained in my olfactories and I can still smell the ... read more >
Jean-François Coche explains... Nigel Greening, proprietor of Felton Road vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, vinous oracle, indefatigable gourmand and a true Wandering Palate gives a most fascinating account of 'wandering' in Burgundy. ... read more >
Mike K - Fontodi terrecota I’ve said it before, but fell for it again…don’t trust the sat nav. We made our way to the Tuscan hinterland and the charming little village of Panzano in time for dinner. We were due a few hours earlier…as I say; trust the map and one’s own cartography skills. The sun sets late here. You eat at 8.30, while there’s ... read more >
Carrick Lamb I had lunch at Carrick Winery yesterday (Oct 15th) and can report that they are going from strength to strength with new head chef Gwen Harvie (previously Head Chef at Eicharts for many years) and she has clearly raised the bar with the food and menu. I also sense Carrick's proprietor Steve Green has the place running in top form ... read more >
Butcher - Antica Macelleria Cecchini Our Wandering Palate correspondent in Shanghai, Michael Knuppel, is 'wandering' in Tuscany and encounters the famous Dario Cecchini, a butcher as mad as a meat axe! Butcher - Antica Macelleria Cecchini, PANZANO, CHIANTI, ITALY ... read more >
Air New Zealand Smaug the dragon livery The second instalment of New Zealand director Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy is set to hit the big screens in December 2013. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins and company as they continue their quest to reclaim Erebor. The diverse landscapes of New Zealand will once again be on show when The Hobbit: ... read more >
Marlborough Pinot Noir Safari Team Reflecting on my New Zealand visit earlier in February this year, primarily to attend the Pinot Noir New Zealand Celebration 2013 (www.pinotnz.co.nz) held in sunny Wellington, one of the highlight's of my trip was visiting the Marlborough region. ... read more >