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 >
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 >
Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under [caption id="attachment_9060" align="alignleft" width="329"] Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under[/caption] For those of us that have known Phillip Jones throughout his winegrowing evolution--for some of us that spans over three decades--and those that have managed to grasp the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities of the man (and there are many) and his extraordinary wines, those that have persevered with his ... read more >
Chef and Bon Vivant Walter Bourke - he also liked his Champagne Walter Bourke: September 15, 1945 - September 19, 2003 I first met Walter Bourke in 1986, at his legendary Melbourne restaurant, Maria & Walter’s. I had been invited to the ‘Table 8’, an underground group of the most serious wine palates in Australia, which convened regularly in the upstairs private dining room at Maria & Walter’s for extravagant banquets with ... read more >
Bell Hill - Sherwyn Veldhuizen, Marcel Giesen and Jamie Case (my travel buddy throughout NZ trip) Continuing my account of Pinot Noir New Zealand Celebration 2013 held in Wellington in February and my travels around New Zealand's vineyard regions. Admittedly I was on a patriotic high from this incredible four-day event but even more so, I felt a strong sense of absolution; that my visit to Bell Hill vineyard in Weka Pass, North Canterbury (South Island) ... read more >
Misha's Vineyard, Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand [caption id="attachment_8873" align="alignnone" width="647"] Misha's Vineyard, Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand[/caption] To Register - Click Here     ... read more >
www.feltonroad.com Pinot noir enthusiasts the world over hardly need any convincing that Felton Road make extraordinarily good, arguably great pinot noir, however that does not mean I can’t have my say as well. ... read more >
Looking down on the Villa Maria Seddon Vineyard and Awatere River Regular readers will have noticed a lack of new material on the Wandering Palate website over the last month, a direct consequence of ‘gone fishing’ in New Zealand; actually angling for pinot noir more than fish. ... read more >
Right bunch of Bastards of Pinot Noir [caption id="attachment_8180" align="alignnone" width="637" caption="That wonderful Bastard Larry "][/caption] Inspired by one of the ‘take home’ messages from the New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration 2013, so eloquently articulated by Sam Neill, I have been doodling away on the “Bastards of Pinot Noir”. It’s meant to be a song although reads more like a poem but I’m thinking if someone can ... read more >
New Zealand's legendary Chef Ruth Pretty What do Marmite, Vegemite, tuna, mushrooms, prosciutto, chicken stock, Parmesan and fermented black beans all have in common? They all contain the fifth taste sensation umami. It is a meaty, savoury taste less obvious than sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness but I believe more delicious than the other four taste sensations. Umami rich dishes are perfect partners for pinot noir ... read more >