Brought to you by The Wandering Palate and Hermitage Wine. Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator's contributing editor and columnist for the magazine both in print and online, “Drinking Out Loud” will be in Singapore with ‘one nightly only’ appearance and wine dinner at... ... read more >
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 ... read more >
Trimbach Vineyard Alsace, France Hugel Pinot Blanc is a perennial favorite of the hospitality industry. If you are looking for an excellent value crowd-pleaser white wine for your Christmas party, or any party for that matter, you need a good quality Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France. In the 1980s, Chardonnay would fill this requirement, although more out of fashion than actually delivering the goods. ... read more >
Dalwhinnie Chardonnay 2006 Western Victoria, Australia Our Wandering Palate wanders into the Australian gold country of Moonambel-Pyrenees, Victoria, to come up with a favorite chardonnay. I have been on a chardonnay crusade since writing on the subject in October, 2009, and as I taste through the current vintages of top producers from Australian, my headline "Another Brilliant Chardonnay" reverberates. So indulge me as I write a succession ... read more >
Limestone Wines logo Sugarloaf Ridge vineyard is a family owned vineyard begun in 1998 by Dr Simon Stanley. Simon's daughter and her husband, Julian and Kristin Colvile, formerly long time habitants of Hong Kong, assumed ownership in 2007 and are now on Sugarloaf's 8th vintage and each one has been award winning! The vineyard is positioned at 42 degrees south (the same as ... read more >
Patricia Gallagher, Steven spurrier & Odette Kahn 1976 tasting in Paris The sensational results of a tasting in Paris more than 30 years ago forever changed the way American wines were considered, writes Curtis Marsh. America's most prodigious Bordeaux-style blend - the legendary Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello from the Santa Cruz Mountains - turns 45 years old this year. Reaching this milestone is only part of the motive for writing this ... read more >
Neudorf geese, New Zealand Directly following the New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration 2010 in February this year, I attended the Nelson Aromatics Symposium, staying with the Finns at Neudorf Vineyard. I was met at the airport by Richard Flatman, who had just left Two Paddocks in Central Otago to join the Neudorf team. Flatman is one of the most passionate organic and biodynamic viticulture ... read more >
Shaw & Smith winery, Australia The Quintessential Modern Artisanal Australian Winery The Adelaide Hills vigneron Shaw & Smith celebrate their 20th vintage this year, a significant milestone in the relativity of establishing a vineyard and winery in the new world. This may seem a mere blip to some of the venerable generations-old wineries of Europe. However, the wine-world is a very different place now and ... read more >
Sugarloaf Ridge vineyard view Originally intended to be part of my larger project "Australia Benchmark Chardonnay Producers" I am sure readers will not mind if I include chardonnay’s soul mate, pinot noir in this coverage of new releases from Sugarloaf Ridge. The 2007 Sugarloaf Ridge Chardonnay is indeed a blinder, nothing short of exemplary and in my view, the benchmark for Tasmania. In the ... read more >
Peccavi Chardonnay Our wandering palate cruises down the Margaret River, discovers the pleasures of sin. The chardonnay crusade continues with a stunner from Peccavi vineyard, raising the stakes among the heavyweights and proven form of Margaret River, Western Australia. There is a certain expectation of Margaret River chardonnays, both in terms of a fleshy, juicy, intense style and reputation for exemplary quality ... read more >