Marlborough Rising – Wellingtons other ‘local’ Wine Region
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Reflecting on the brilliant and bountiful Wellington on a Plate festival held recently, I had the opportunity of frequenting the pop-up Match Wine Bar, a collaboration of 20 wineries from Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton offering 40 wines by the glass and a pairing menu of 20 small plates created by legendary Chef, Ruth Pretty. Read More >

Seresin Estate February dinners at Waterfall Bay – Queen Charlotte Sounds, Marlborough
Seresin Logo Colour 2 - HR

One of the Wandering Palate’s favourite New Zealand producers, Seresin Estate, the benchmark of Marlborough and Biodynamic viticulture (click here to read article) will be hosting Anna Hansen MBE from The Modern Pantry in London at their occasional restaurant in Waterfall Bay, Queen Charlotte Sounds.

This is an early bird squawk on a very unique and special dining experience – book immediately!  See details below: Read More >

Marlborough Pinot Noir Rising
Marlborough Pinot Noir Safari Team

Reflecting on my New Zealand visit earlier in February this year, primarily to attend the Pinot Noir New Zealand Celebration 2013 (www.pinotnz.co.nz) held in sunny Wellington, one of the highlight’s of my trip was visiting the Marlborough region. Read More >

Berry Bros. & Rudd Singapore wine dinner with Sam Weaver, Owner and Winemaker of Churton, Marlborough, New Zealand, 27th June 2013
Marlborough and biodynamic champion, Sam Weaver, Churton vineyard

Churton is a small Marlborough winery that employs biodynamic vineyard practices, owned and operated by Sam and Mandy Weaver. Churton has been exporting its wines since 1997. Their winemaking is focused on producing premium quality Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Pinot Noir that combines the renowned flavour and aromatic intensity of Marlborough fruit with the finesse and complexity characteristic of fine European wines. Read More >

The Wandering Palate & Friends – Brian Bicknell, Mahi Wine Dinners – January 16 & 17
Brian & Nicola Bicknell – Winemaker and Owners - http://mahiwine.co.nz

The Wandering Palate is delighted to be linking up with the affable Brian Bicknell from  Mahi – more than your average Marlborough producer, indeed this is an uber-cool winery is focused on single-vineyard wines and making some seriously good gewurtraminer, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and  pinot noir, to which the wandering Palate has posted favourable tasting notes recently – click here

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A Taste of Churton Terroir – Marlborough, New Zealand
Sam Weaver loves compost - Photo by Bob Campbell MW - www.bobcampbell.co.nz

Sam Weaver loves compost - Photo by Bob Campbell MW - www.bobcampbell.co.nz

Churton Estate is one of the Wandering Palate’s favourite New Zealand wineries and represents a more holistic, artisan side of Marlborough amongst the hordes… I wanted to share their current newsletter which has an excellent article from Bob Campbell MW and some wholesome observations from proprietor and vigneron, Sam Weaver    http://www.churtonwines.co.nz/news/spring-newsletter-2012/ Read More >

Our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha at Spy Valley, Marlborough
Khun Cha at Spy Valley - First outsider to sample our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc with winemaker Kathy Bird.

Our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha migrates south to Marlborough to visit Spy Valley and takes in the Marlborough Sounds as well

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Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Marlborough, New Zealand
2011 Mahi Sauvignon Blanc

My approach to wine is I believe, much the same as most of us who actually drink the stuff and that is to be largely influenced by the mood or the food and level of thirst. Instinctively I consult my onboard computer first, listening to my emotions and as I am habitually obsessed with food it is normally the dictator of what wine I would like to drink. Read More >