Giancarlo "Surely Don Alfonso of St. Agata sui Due Golfi (** Michelin) remains one of the best restaurants in the world" Giancarlo Marena, Sommelier at Quattro Passi on the Amalfi Coast, Italy ... read more >
Stephanie's Wine Escapade Singapore based Sommelier, Stephanie Rigourd, has an insatiable thirst for wine discovery and is a prolific blogger sharing her explorations and revelations up until recently on the Asia Wine Society website; visit this link for previous posts  (http://www.asiawinesociety.com/sr/). We are delighted to host Stephanie on the Wandering Palate for future confessions on her travels on the wine route and vinous ... read more >
Angelo Gaja at Raffles Singapore It is the change in the climate, characterized by long-lasting summer heat and lack of rainfall, which has caused the significant drop in the production of grapes in Italy’s 2012 vintage; for the same reason, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 were low-production years as well. To this must now be also added the limited inventory of wine from previous vintage ... read more >
Abbey sits proudly atop the hills in Rosazzo with a splendid view of the vineyards Our Wandering Palate Shanghai correspondent, Michael Knuppel, is ‘wandering’ the hills of sunny hills of Friuli, soaking up the wine and culture in delirium. ... read more >
Piedmonte I left for a week in Piedmont with high gastronomic hopes.  I still recall some of the magnificent food I ate last time I was there (which was over a decade ago, in November, the beautiful and mysterious time of fogs and white truffles).  It wasn’t just the truffles, though.  I adored the Italian respect for raw materials, and the ... read more >
Alex Calabro - seconf from the right, with Giuseppe Mazzocolin, (middle) proprietor-winemaker of the legendary Chianti estate, Fattoria Felsina (pronounced suh-mal-'yAy) In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes ... read more >
The endless rows of Docletto vines Our intrepid Singapore Sommelier, Shalom Chin, treks through the hills of Dogliani in Piedmont and discovers some serious Dolcetto. ... read more >
View over the hills of Asti While Nebbiolo makes up only 3 to 6 precent of the grapes grown in Piedmont, Barbera is the most widely grown grape in Piedmont and second to only to Sangiovese in Italy. This is why it is known as “the people’s wine”. However, like Nebbiolo, this is a grape that is used in many different versions. In Piedmont, there is ... read more >
Mount Viso in the background at Mustela just outside Barbaresco and inside Langhe Moscato – A perception problem In Piedmont, you cannot go to Asti and leave without tasting Moscato. Moscato di Canelli, known as Frontignac in Australia and as Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains in France, is one of the most widely well-received and loved grapes around the world. At parties, it is easily favoured by new wine drinkers because of its ... read more >
Forteto della Luja - www.fortetodellaluja.it [caption id="attachment_6086" align="alignnone" width="647" caption=" Forteto della Luja - www.fortetodellaluja.it "][/caption] One of my most intriguing wine discoveries – period - is Forteto della Luja, a family run property which is nothing short of extraordinary; a vineyard that has been run organically since the early 19th Century, or 1826 to be precise, as they know nothing other than organic! Located ... read more >
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