Yalumba Master Class with Louisa Rose
Mike K - Yalumba Viogner bottle

Radisson New World Hotel, 88 Nanjing Road Shanghai

Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, sits firmly in the highest echelon of Australian wineries. It always has. With a dense history dating back to 1849, Yalumba’s wines and story reflect as much about the Australian wine industry as any. Read More >

California Wine Institute – China Wine Tour 2014, Shanghai.
Mike K - Kosta Browne bottle

Amid the tightest security seen for any wine show in the world, the ‘Discover California Wines’ show was held at the Hyatt on the Bund, on Wednesday May 21.

Police, security, scanners and metal detectors were the order of the day, with each guest-and there were plenty-having their bags scanned and being searched. It would make for a great scene in a wine thriller, but alas the security measures were all part of the lockdown in Shanghai due to the 4th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia. Read More >

Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate – ‘Hedonistic’ Grand World Tour
Robert M. Parker, Jr

Beijing 27 Feb , Shanghai Mar 2 , Hong Kong Mar 5, Kuala Lumpur Mar 9 & Singapore Mar 16

HEDONISTIC  “DELIVERING MAXIMUM DRINKING PLEASURE WITH A RICH, FULL BODY AND LOADS OF RIPE FRUIT FLAVORS. NEITHER INTROSPECTIVE NOR INTELLECTUAL, BUT RATHER PROVIDING SHEER DELIGHT, JOY AND EUPHORIA. HEDONISTIC WINES CAN BE CRITICIZED BECAUSE IN ONE SENSE THEY PROVIDE SO MUCH ECSTASY THAT THEY CAN BE LABELLED “OBVIOUS”, BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY GRATIFYING WINES THAT FASCINATE AND ENTHRALL. PLEASURE AT ITS BEST.”  Robert Parker Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Olivier Gasselin, Head Sommelier for Hakkasan in the Middle-East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha) and China (Shanghai)
Olivier Gasselin - Head Sommelier for Hakkasan in the Middle-East and China

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

The Star of Australia – Clarendon Hills launches in China with Summergate Wines, Shanghai
Clarendon Hills Australis - www.clarendonhills.com.au

The Southern Cross is a constellation of stars infamously visible in the night sky of Australia. It is writ large in Australian folklore; it features in the national anthem and in its bold presence on the Eureka flag, where it was an iconic symbol of the workers’ resistance to British imperial rule, a moniker for class equality. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Franck Crouvezier
Franck Crouvezier  - Photo by Vincent Sung

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

Perfect Match: New Zealand Pinot Noir and Chinese cuisine
New Zealand Pinot Noir in Shanghai

Our Shanghai correspondent, Mick Knuppel, senses a change of the old guard as the new generation Shanghainese move away from pretentious French burgundy and discover that New Zealand’s deep-fruited pinot noirs are not only more generous and accessible they are brilliantly suited to this region’s cuisine moreover, offer exceptional value for money. Read More >

Art de Vivre – The Gerard Bertrand dinner, Le Royal Meridien
Angus beef fillet, with duck liver atop, potato dauphine and perigourdine sauce

Our Shanghai correspondent, Mick Knuppel, warms to the “art of life” and the wines from the South of France at the Gerard Bertrand dinner, Le Royal Meridien, voted 2011 Best European Winery, by Wine Enthusiast Read More >

Shanghai – A day in the…no, an hour in the life of a local
Shanghai wet market

Our resident China correspondent, Mike Knuppel, goes local wetmarket style in Shanghai and realizes the communion is, above all, about food. Read More >

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Villa Maria 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner – Fairmont Peace Hotel Dragon Phoenix Restaurant, May 23
The Fairmont Peace Hotel from the rooftop looking out upon a most spectacular Spring night in Shanghai

The Wandering Palate Shanghai correspondent toasts Sir George Fistonich and Villa Maria, New Zealand, 50th Anniversary in style. Read More >