Sam Neill, Proprietor of Two Paddocks, Central Otago A note came through the email this morning from Sam Neill, proprietor of Two Paddocks, that prompted me to report on their 2008 Pinot Noir, which I have 5 cases in the cellar; well 4 cases now having liberated a case recently to check on how it is evolving – and was consumed within the week! The ‘Prop’ had suggested ... read more >
Pinot Palooza 2 ... read more >
Walter Bourke - enjoyed his Champagne! I waste an inordinate amount of time coaching people on wine. Most of it falls on deaf ears, which irritates me. What’s most annoying is I did not initiate it; people come to me asking for advice – what should I drink? Where do I get it? How much will it cost? ... read more >
Martinborough Wine Week Buyan Nine Martinborough, New Zealand vineyards will be in Singapore from Monday, August 27 for a first-ever series of regional tastings of Martinborough wines here. Participating wineries are:  Ata Rangi, Brodie Estates, Cambridge Road, Craggy Range, Haythornthwaite, Martinborough Vineyards, Schubert, Te Kairanga and Vynfields. ... read more >
Marc Bredif Vouvray Not sure if its a longing for Christmas (summer here in New Zealand) or the fact I have had two brilliant bottles of Millton Chenin Blanc in  the last few days, so I thought we would revisit an article I wrote in December, 2012, "Annus Chenin, Ad infinitum". Millton's 2009 Te Aria Chenin Blanc Demi-Sec that was sensational paired with "Countryside ... read more >
Chinese Roast Duck Curry The Wandering Palate’s Duck Run is migrating to New Zealand where I will conduct a duck curry - duck banquet cooking class at the legendary Ruth Pretty Cooking. ... read more >
Wife's Legendary Duck Curry More Duck Run as the Wandering Palate gears up for a New Zealand migration conducting a duck curry cooking class at the legendary Ruth Pretty Cooking school, here is the updated recipe, pairing to Kiwi Pinot Noir.  ... read more >
Pinot-2013-Web-Banners-728x78 In 2001 Kiwi winemakers decided to throw back the covers and show the world why their Pinot Noir was special. It was the birth of an event which has been lauded for its style and excellence - the stunning tasting of more than 100 top New Zealand Pinots, the very best Pacific food, classic Kiwi entertainment and all on the ... read more >
Wild Irishman Colleen Vineyard - Gibbston I just had lunch with Alan Brady, the pioneering father of the Central Otago wine region in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island. As Brady puts it, “...at 45 deg south it was a lonely place for grape growers when a few of us planted vines here in the early 1980s”. ... read more >
Saffron Milk Caps/Pines (lactarius deliciosus) Our Wandering Palate Melbourne correspondent, Matthew Wilson, goes mushroom hunting down on the Mornington Peninsula armed with a bucket load of local pinot noir. ... read more >