The Wine Escapade of Stephanie – Frenchie in California – Day 8
Stephanie's Wine Escapade

Our intrepid Singapore Sommelier, Stephanie Rigourd continues here report on her California field trip… Day 8 Read More >

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The Wine Escapade of Stephanie …embarking on a voyage of wine discovery (updated)
Stephanie's Wine Escapade

Singapore based Sommelier, Stephanie Rigourd, has an insatiable thirst for wine discovery and is a prolific blogger sharing her explorations and revelations up until recently on the Asia Wine Society website; visit this link for previous posts  (http://www.asiawinesociety.com/sr/). We are delighted to host Stephanie on the Wandering Palate for future confessions on her travels on the wine route and vinous enlightenment. Read More >

Our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha at Spy Valley, Marlborough
Khun Cha at Spy Valley - First outsider to sample our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc with winemaker Kathy Bird.

Our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha migrates south to Marlborough to visit Spy Valley and takes in the Marlborough Sounds as well

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Following our Sommelier of the Year Asia on her New Zealand vineyard tour – Ata Rangi visit
Khun Cha and Ata Rangi's vineyard dog, Harry

Our intrepid Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, spent the day with Phyll Pattie and Clive Paton at Ata Rangi in Martinborough www.atarangi.co.nz sharing some pictures with us… clearly she’s fitting into the program and adapting to the Kiwi vigneron without much problem… and DRC Richebourg 1995 thanks very much! Read More >

Following our Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, on her New Zealand vineyard tour
Khun Cha in Martinborough

The Wandering Palate Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, has arrived in New Zealand, whisked from Wellington over the Rimutaka Ranges and on to Martinborough where she is already hitting the vineyard trail.

We will be posting pictures of Khun Cha’s vineyard adventures regularly, so follow her on her journey of discovery on Wandering Palate

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Sommelier of the Year (Asia) Miss Charuk Chochan – Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand
Conrad Koh Samui Resort Sommelier Khun Cha - The Wandering Palate Sommelier of the Year Asia

(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 Cleansing Ale
Singapore Sommeliers enjoying a cleansing Three Boys IPA Ale - or two

It might be perplexing to budding wine enthusiasts and no doubt connoisseurs will be aghast at the very notion of enjoying a beer at the end of a wine dinner, however the ‘cleansing ale’ does have its merits. Read More >

Sommelier Shalom Chin shares his Thoughts on Piedmont Nebbiolo
A view from Barolo on a clear day

In concluding my tour of Piedmont, it is only fitting to finish up with a grape with small plantings here but it is representative of the region every time one brings up the subject of Piedmont. Nebbiolo needs no introduction. To the locals, Nebbiolo in Piedmont is like what Pinot Noir is to the Burgundians. Read More >

Shalom Chin Blog – Southern Rhone Valley – Part 5 – The Villages of Rhône
The village of Gordes reminiscent of a fortified citadel from that of the Lord of the Rings

Our intrepid Singapore sommelier, Shalom Chin, has filed a heroic piece on the Southern Rhone Valley and the much-underrated Cotes du Rhone Villages wines. Sommeliers take note; this is the level of writing skills and opinion you should be attaining. Wine enthusiasts take note; it’s time to be listening to and reading what sommeliers have to say, they are at the coalface and the new gatekeepers to wine discovery. Read More >

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Sommelier Shalom Cin – Austria Vintage blog – day 15
Salomon Winery - loading the press

Shalom’s vintage experience continues although bad weather has meant a halt to picking so he has had a few days off, hence not day 13 or 14 reoprt, but here’s day 15… in a wet and cold Austria Read More >