Terry Chellappah on the wine route and totally enraptured with Burgundy
Caveau de Puligny-Montrachet

Our Wandering Palate West Australian correspondent, Terry Chellappah, has been wandering a long way from home, in England and France, but he’s back in Margaret River although his head in still in burgundy. Even though it sends pangs of yearn, he shares their gastronomic discoveries.

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Hermitage Wine – A Weekend Dinner with Champagne Lombard at Senso, Singapore – 15th September
Basic CMYK

Taberna – Singapore – Grower Champagne Tasting 14th July
Grower Champagne Tasting 14th July 2012

Grower Champagne Tasting 14th July at Taberna Wine Bar, Singapore, see details below Read More >

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Christmas at Kilcarnup Beach
Christmas Day at the Beach a la Terry Chellappah

My good friend Terry Chellappah, a true Wandering Palate and contributor to our website, reports in from Kilcarnup Beach in Margaret River, Western Australia. He signals the weather is PERFECT as was the line-up of Champagne’s and those funny, salty little black eggs that come in a tin.

Good to see that he is celebrating Christmas in style, and certainly in a unique place.

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Champagne Trade Tasting in New York
Champagne Thierry Triolet

One of the world’s leading authorities on Champagne, Peter Liem, is conducting a tasting in New York, at Matsuri Restaurant, The Maritime Hotel, that will involve a discussion of the role of terroir in Champagne, illustrated by a tasting of three producers from very different areas: José Michel in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay, Thierry Triolet in the Sézanne, and R. Dumont in the Aube.

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Artisanal Champagne tasting returns: Totally Organic
Artisanal Champagne tasting, Singpaore

It’s been a long time and we know everyone is waiting for our next tasting session.

Now we proudly announce this August we are having our champagne tasting session featuring 6 of our most beloved organic Champagne growers.

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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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“Le Mesnil” – A Grand cru Champagne
Champagne master class

Distinguishing terroir in a single vineyard Champagne

There is no question Champagne is a very unique region and its wines distinctive in their “sense of place”, resonating terroir. There is however some debate that truly distinctive terroir cannot be achieved in a wine that is blended from multiple regions and vintages. Perhaps the interpretation of terroir itself is being misinterpreted as it is the relationship between the soil, climate – the environment – and man himself that defines terroir. Without man and the idiosyncrasies of vignerons terroir does not exist.

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Asia Symphony of Wine and Flavours
Asia Symphony of Wine and Flavours

Burghound Unrivalled Passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

The Burghound Phenomenon. Burgundy lends itself to obsessives, what with its hundreds of growers, thousands of named vineyards and maddening variations in vintages. The world’s foremost Burgundy expert – who, thankfully, is also in possession of an acute palate – is Los Angeles-based Allen Meadows… No Burgundy lover leaves home for the retail shop without a copy.” – Matt Kramer, Diversion Magazine.

Asia, the last continent – Jancis Robinson MW (Financial Times May 2010)
“It is no exaggeration to say that Asia has become the focus of the world’s fine-wine trade. But the Asian wine scene is very much more than Hong Kong and China. Japan and Singapore have long histories of connoisseurship.”

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Must-Have Wine for the Christmas Table 2010
Jean-Baptise Geoffrey Blanc de Rosé Champagne

The Wandering Palate is heading to our Melbourne residence for the festive season and preparations for the Christmas day feast are already well in hand.

Priority of course is procuring the appropriate turkey, and I can tell you after enduring a commercial frozen turkey from the USA for the last three years here in Singapore, we are looking forward to a free-range, chemical-free, wholesome, flavoursome bird (one of the issues Singapore has yet to come to terms with) moreover, at a third of the price!

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