Ipoh Dreaming… on a Chinese New Year’s Day
Wah Nam Kafe - Ipoh

I have been coming to the town of Ipoh for almost 20 years now and yet it still remains an enigma to me, and I suspect many who visit. Like the many thousands on this annual migration, we are here for Chinese New Year to visit relatives, my wife’s relatives who are here in great numbers. Read More >

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Wine Feng Shui – Most Auspicious Wine for the Year of the Black Water Dragon 2012
Pegasus Pinot Noir vertical - closeup

Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2012

Year of the Black Water Dragon year

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2009 – Waipara, South Island, New Zealand

What auspicious vinous attributes should we be looking for in the year of Black Water Dragon?

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Must-Have Wines Best of the Lunar Drinking Year Tiger – 2010
Must Have Lunar Wines

These wines are the standouts of the 2010 lunar drinking year. Why the lunar year? Notwithstanding I reside in Asia, the nucleus of my ideologies revolve around a back to nature approach with wine, food and the environment – sustainable, organic and biodynamic principals that have its roots in ancient feng shui and Chinese gardening that have evolved over the eons yet pivotal today. So not only do I care about the planet, I have gone lunar!

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购买指南 Wine Book of the Year (Asia)
Chinese Cuisine and Wine Pairing

Recommending wine books is not easy.  Unless your obsessed with wine its difficult enough to hold most people’s attention on a wine article little lone an entire book devoted to the subject. Wine books do of course come in many forms, some coffee table formatted with evocative pictures. Nothing wrong in that and frankly my personal preference; like cookbooks I like to be able to visual the dish, and there is nothing more evocative than vineyard pictures moreover excellent photography.

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Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2009 Central Otago, New Zealand
Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2008

Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2011 Year of the Rabbit!

The Wandering Palate has gone lunar! Notwithstanding I reside in Asia, the nucleus of my ideologies revolve around a back to nature approach with wine, food and the environment – sustainable, organic and biodynamic principals that revolve around the lunar calendar, its roots in ancient feng shui and Chinese gardening that have evolved over the eons yet pivotal today.

As the Year of the Tiger comes to an end, Chinese New Year is fast approaching and a significant proportion of the world starts searching for the answers to 2011, the Year of the Rabbit. Being a Tiger/Scorpion, I was searching all last year for the answers and whilst there were plenty of highlights it was a challenging year, to say the least.

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Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2011
Chinese New Year Rabbit

Lapin au Vin des Central Otago a la Wandering Palate (Rabbit Casserole with Central Otago Pinot Noir)

The Wandering Palates rabbit casserole perfected over a lifetime and inspired by an overabundance of rabbits and wild thyme, moreover excellent pinot noir in Central Otago, New Zealand.

In my formative years down on the farm in Te Awamutu, rabbits were in plague proportions and weekly night time shoots necessary to keep them at bay. The hare’s were so big they used to open the farm gates themselves.

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