02/11/2011 PART 2 of the Burgundy Series As my guide, Elohim Balest of Alter&Go tours and I travelled along the highway from Dijon towards the vineyards of the Côte d’Or, there was aneerie fog that surrounded us. ... read more >
The Duck Run picks up again in Singapore, this time with our good friend from Australia, Cormie, in town. ... read more >
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Our intrepid Singapore sommelier, Shalom Chin has completed his vintage stint at Undhof Salomon in krems, Austria and has now surfaced in burgundy. Be sure to follow his blog as it no doubt, Shalom will leave no stone unturned... no holy terroir unexplored... ... read more >
Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year 2010 (A retrospective of standouts in the year of the tiger) Best Discovery of the Year – Markowitsch Reserve Pinot Noir 2004 If there is any sort of ascendency to my passion for wine, I would say discovery is the pinnacle. This goes hand in hand with the question constantly asked of me, “What ... read more >
A tasting at the Prince Wine Store that Melbourne wine enthusiasts should not miss; two of the most influential, if not mavericks, of Antipodean pinot noir, in the one room. I would suggest you are in for a good doss of humour as much as enlightenment on the evolution of these benchmark wineries moreover, highlighting the distinction between two very ... read more >
Walter Bourke Homage - Pinot Noir Producer of the Year Must-Have Wines Best of the Lunar Year - 2010 - Year of the Tiger - Best Wine of the Year from the Cellar Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2002 and 2003 – Central Otago, New Zealand New Zealand’s Quiet Achiever: Rudi Bauer, Quartz Reef www.quartzreef.co.nz Having long realised the most modest ... read more >
I pulled a magnum of Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 1994 out of the cellar on August 21st that had recently come direct from the vineyard re-release program, via Artisan Cellars www.artisan-cellars.com to share a glass and opinion with Nigel Greening from Felton Road, over a Sunday lunch. ... read more >
Nigel Greenings Wild Hare Pappardelle (shot by the chef himself up Mount Difficulty) It would be fair to say the extremes in temperature and environment don’t get any more diverse than holidaying on the beach the Datai Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia (6 º longitude N - just above the equator) to Wanaka (Lake), in the deep south of the South Island, ... read more >
Expounding on a recurring question, “When dining in a restaurant, do you choose the wine then the food, or the food first then the wine”? Logically, the food would normally come first, assuming one is heading to a restaurant with a particular cuisine or flavour in mind. ... read more >
If you happen to have some 1997 Domaine Guy Duflouleur Santenay 'Clos Genets', I would suggest leaving it for another 5 years yet. At 13 years in bottle, this wine is still very youthful and when first opened quite primary and nervy in acidity, breathing out nicely over half an hour or so to reveal more generosity in fruit and ... read more >
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