New Zealand White Wine of the Year – Pyramid Valley, Biodynamic Paradigm – 2010 Field of Fire Chardonnay, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay

Speaking at a corporate wine evening recently, themed on biodynamic wines and having just delivered a crash course on Wine Feng Shui, it was no surprise that one of the more wine-savvy people in audience asked the predictable question, “Do biodynamic wines taste better?” And in the same breath, “How do I taste the difference between a biodynamic wine and a normal wine?” Read More >

Conrad Koh Samui – Wittmann Wine Dinner – 23rd November
Wittmann Morstein Vineyard

The notion of German Riesling being the most harmonious of all wines with Thai food is an understatement in the realms of wine and food pairing; it is more like they were made for each other. Moreover, of all the top-echelon German producers, Wittmann is for me, unparalleled in its exhilarating energy and purity of limestone infused minerality and mouthwatering succulence. Above all this, the chance to meet one of the world’s leading biodynamic vignerons in such an idyllic environment is simply a rare opportunity not to be missed. Get on plane!

And, Wandering Palate readers also enjoy complimentary limousine pick-up from and to hotels & resorts located on Koh Samui (subject to availability) and a THB 1,000 discount with a reduced cost of THB 2,900++ per person.

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Organically Thinking – London 5th June

Came across this mixed dozen offering from Berry Bros & Rudd, which struck me as not only as very good value but an ideal mix of regions and styles. And more importantly, organically grown grapes. Interesting to see Dominique Lafon using screwcap closure for his Macon Blanc, unquestionably the right way to go and should rattle the cages in this conservative part of the vinous world.

The Champagne Larmandier Bernier Premier Cru ‘Tradition’ Extra Brut is what real Champagne is all about, none of this high-dosage lolly water here, this is pristine, invigorating, captivating Champagne.

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