The Sommelier’s Palate – Carlos Alvarez, Sommelier and Blogger, Barcelona, Spain

Do you have a favourite wine bar? “Monvínic in Barcelona. Thousands of references in a cozy space served for very good wine waiters.” Sommelier Carlos Alvarez Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Sommelier Enrique Ávila Hernández from Barcelona, Spain

“Monvinic in Barcelona ​​is a wine bar that leaves you impressed by their extensive wine, cuisine and high quality service together with their very professional staff. Highly recommended.” Sommelier Enrique Ávila Hernández

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The Sommelier’s Palate – Ladies and Gentlemen, The Sommelier at Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, Spain – Carles Aymerich

“Equipo Navazos #44 La bota de Vino Blanco “Florpower” MMX (Unfortified, 32 months under veil of flor and 8 months in sherry casks) with a sea anemone salad—razor clams, sea cucumber and seaweed. The salinity and the iodine character, either from the wine and the salad complement each other, and the length of both go very long together.” Carles Aymerich, Sommelier at Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, Spain

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Barcelona Bathes in Beirut

Our Wandering Palate Melbourne correspondent, Matthew Wilson, seeks refuge in the Spanish oasis Movida Aqui, in the culinary desert of Melbourne’s ‘Beirut’ Quarter. Read More >

Kimchi back-blast, Hunting Elephants and thinking of Don Quixote

It would appear that the Kimchi Project Banggwi is far more potent than North Korean space technologists realized with the stage one Jangdokdae blowing the whole rocket to pieces. Rumours (and odours) coming from the North Korea underground nuclear test site suggest that the Banggwi technology is being adapted to uranium enrichment to develop the Mother of all Weapons of Mass Discomfort (MOWOMD). Read More >

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Spain Gourmet Tour – An Unparalleled Magazine

For some 15 years or more, I have been receiving a magazine from the Economic & Commercial Office at the Embassy of Spain called “Spain Gourmet Tour”. They have diligently ensured that it arrived at my address in Australian and subsequently Hong Kong and then Singapore, as Nomadic as we are.

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Must-Have Wine for the Christmas Table 2010

The Wandering Palate is heading to our Melbourne residence for the festive season and preparations for the Christmas day feast are already well in hand.

Priority of course is procuring the appropriate turkey, and I can tell you after enduring a commercial frozen turkey from the USA for the last three years here in Singapore, we are looking forward to a free-range, chemical-free, wholesome, flavoursome bird (one of the issues Singapore has yet to come to terms with) moreover, at a third of the price!

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Grab it by the horns
Cheap Wines

Cheap wines doesn’t necessarily mean cheesy in the world of reds.

Internationally relegated to quaffing status, the wine world is finally starting to give grenache the respect it deserves. I doubt that grenache devotees are that concerned. Sometimes it’s best not to say anything about a bargain.

Whether you are a serious wine buff or just enjoy the odd glass, there will always be occasions that call for an inexpensive, everyday drinking red.

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A Wine List is Born
Wine glass & bottle

Leading vintners from across the globe will be at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre May 23-25, promoting their wines at Vinexpo, the world’s largest and most significant wine show.

Held bi-annually in Bordeaux since 1981, it now offers overseas exhibition s in the Asia-Pacific region in alternate years. Hong Kong staged the first in 1998 with Tokyo wrestling it away in 2000 and 2002, but exhibitors resoundingly requested a return to the fragrant harbour for this year’s event.

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