CATCH PINOT – Wellington 1-29 May 2016
Catch Pinot

Enjoy the best Wellington’s very own wine region has to offer with premium Pinots from Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton wineries, all expertly paired with noshes, nibbles and bites from Wellington’s finest eateries. Read More >

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Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2016 (Jan 28-30)
Central Otago Pinot Noir Postcard 2016

The Wandering Palate will be heading to Queenstown and the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2016 (Jan 28-30), one of the best pinot ‘parties’ on planet earth, or Middle Earth as it were. Indeed, I have been to almost every CNPN gig since the inaugural celebration back in 2001 and can assure you it is one of the most enjoyable and dynamic wine events you will experience moreover in a most spectacular setting. Read More >

Seven go mad in Burgundy…
Jean-François Coche explains...

Nigel Greening, proprietor of Felton Road vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, vinous oracle, indefatigable gourmand and a true Wandering Palate gives a most fascinating account of ‘wandering’ in Burgundy. Read More >

Rippon – 100 Years on the land – 30 vintages

Back in my favourite airline lounge, Wellington Air NZ Koru Club…off to Wanaka for the Rippon vineyard 100 Years on the land, 30 vintages bash – over the long weekend…and what a weekend it will be, or as Rippon folks put it, “The coolest weekend in the last 100 years…” have to say, Jo and Nick Mills are the real deal… 30 year vertical of pinit noir, BBQ on Ruby Island…cigars and hangovers for all… all work of course, I’m only going out of professional courtesy and to write a story for Robert Parker and Wandering Palate, it will be hard work, and we take our work very seriously…even if my wife remains unconvinced!

The Wandering Palate has penned a bit on Rippon, check out http://www.thewanderingpalate.com/must-have-wines/must-have-wine-red-wine-of-the-lunar-year-dragon-rippon-mature-vines-point-noir-2009-%E2%80%93-wanaka-central-otago-new-zealand/

 

Wanderings | Related to: , |
Ascending Mount Edward
Mount Edward winery and Drumlin vineyard

We all have our mountains to climb—in life—some tougher than others. New Zealanders seem to be good at tackling the most difficult ones, like winegrower Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward in Central Otago, assailing the treacherous slopes and objective dangers of being a vigneron, and having reached the elusive peaks of perfection with the perilous pinot noir grape. Read More >

Moondarra Conception & Samba Side Pinot Noir 2010 – Gippsland Mountain Rivers Districts, Victoria, Australia
Moondarra Samba Side

Arguably the most profound pinot noir in the New World and emphatic proof that Australia has a two-speed wine industry Read More >

New Vineyard Acquisition for Sam Neill and Two Paddocks in Central Otago
Sam Neill - Winegrower

17th January 2014

Two Paddocks vineyards have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says “We’ve been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we’ve always admired – Desert Heart.” Read More >

The Man in the Van delivers again: Route du Van Geelong Pinot Noir 2011
Route du Van Pinot Noir - www.routeduvan.com

Route du Van, as reported previously is the joint adventure of Tod Dexter and Ian Bird and their families, and the aim is to produce wines for everyday drinking pleasure. Read More >

Dexter Mornington Peninsula 2012 Releases
Dexter - Mornington Peninsula, www.dexterwines.com.au

Tod Dexter knows as much as anyone about this Peninsula and his 2011 releases were a triumph given the difficult vintage conditions that year. In 2012 the weather Gods were much kinder, indeed this looks to have been a very good vintage indeed. Read More >

Burgundy Harvest Report 2013 by Alex Gambal, Vigneron
Alex Gambal, Burgundy Vigneron

Our man in Burgundy, Alex Gambal, a vigneron of the English tongue, shares with us his 2013 vintage report giving us a good insight of his toils and what we might expect in bottle. And while you’re there check out the Alex Gambal website www.alexgambal.com for a unique and fascinating story. Read More >