Marlborough Rising – Wellingtons other ‘local’ Wine Region
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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 >

Two Paddocks Pop-Up Cellar Door January 2016 – Felton Road Bannockburn Middle Earth
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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 lingering dark Indian spices and peppercorns on a hot wok…and that wonderful layered depth of black berry fruits and Christmas Cherry…and that alluring smokiness a melange of fire-hot schist rocks and gun flint (the smoking hot barrel of the Fusilier’s rifle no doubt)…and Oh that lush and dangerously plush texture, the wine seemingly beckoning to be drunk at a sprint even though we know it’s a long distance runner. And whilst we had a suspicion this Bannockburn pinot fruit would bring the house down, it seems to me the Fusilier is already taking a commanding position on the parade ground, a stiff arm salute and cold steel bayonet-fixed acidity to a sword drawn Major no less that will be a Brigadier given the passage of time.

You too can have a sneak preview of The Fusilier 2014 if you forward march to Central Otago and the Two Paddock’s Pop-Up cellar door on Felton Road, Bannockburn… an utterly brilliant idea and the distinguished service medal goes to Jacqui Murphy, the dynamo GM at Two Paddocks who will be front and centre at the TPCD. See message and full orders from the Prop below.

Salute!

Gunner Marsh

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Seven go mad in Burgundy…
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 >

Fontodi in Panzano
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 still light, and you’ve had you’re passagiata and built a hunger. Read More >

Another brilliant lunch at Carrick Winery, Bannockburn, Central Otago
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 and the wines and vineyards all on song. Read More >
Butchery, Beef and Street Theatre
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 >

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and On the ‘Middle Earth’ Wine Route
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: The Desolation of Smaug is released. Read More >

Marlborough Pinot Noir Rising
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 >

You can ring my Bell Hill
Bell Hill - Sherwyn Veldhuizen, Marcel Giesen and Jamie Case (my travel buddy throughout NZ trip)

Continuing my account of Pinot Noir New Zealand Celebration 2013 held in Wellington in February and my travels around New Zealand’s vineyard regions. Admittedly I was on a patriotic high from this incredible four-day event but even more so, I felt a strong sense of absolution; that my visit to Bell Hill vineyard in Weka Pass, North Canterbury (South Island) was such an incredible experience it justified the whole trip. Read More >

Paul Day – Sculptor
Paul Day 'Opera'

On our last trip to Burgundy we had the good fortune to meet with the highly talented sculptor, Paul Day, an Englishman living in France, or near Dijon to be precise. Our chance connection came about when Day came over to our friend’s property where we were staying, not far from his studio, to organise the delivery of two significant pieces that they had procured and Day was there to discuss the logistics.

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