nicolas (2) "Raspberry soufflé with a NV Bugey-Cerdon from Renardat-Fache.  The pairing of both texture and aromas was incredible." Master Sommelier Nicolas Clerc (pronounced suh-mal-'yAy) ... read more >
Borough Market - Ginger Pig I came across this excellent website http://loveyourlocalmarket.org.uk when researching fresh food markets in Nottingham, England. Yes the Wandering Palate is going to be in Sherwood Forest - Glamping on a farmstay in Caunton, should be fun! ... read more >
Another beautiful day in Cornwall, out at sea by 8am before the low-tide to check our lobsters pots. But no luck again save a young specimen that we threw back. Still, where's there's children there has to be adults so we re-baited the pots and hope we are more successful tomorrow. ... read more >
A 7am chug around Falmouth Bay, that is the mouth of the Fal River, checking our lobster pots proved fruitless, although I did catch a Mackerel on the way back. We set off to Helford Passage for lunch at the Ferryboat Inn, now run by the oyster and seafood specialist, Wright Bros, of Borough Market and their Soho restaurant, which ... read more >
Having traveled down from Highgate by train to Haslemere in Surrey for a few days to stay with friends, we then drove to their beach house in St Antony, Cornwall, a good 6 hour drive stopping off at their Devon Farm to raid the cellar. He's a true Wandering palate with a taste for old German Riesling and Southern Rhone ... read more >
Spitfire Beer Campaign The Wandering Palate does partake in the occasional beer however not that partial to commercial bilge water that adorns the supermarket shelves and liquor barns. Like wine (grapes), good beer (Ale) starts with good ingredients (hops, malt, yeast, water). Wine is of course all about a ‘sense of place’ and that all-encompassing aspect the French taught us - ‘terroir’ - ... read more >
The Sampler - Wine Machine Our UK Correspondent, Alistair Scott, grapples with tasting protocol, wine-voyeurism and ravaging the credit card at, The Sampler, the dynamic north London wine merchant fast-making a name for itself for seducing palates on and off the premises. Sip, spit or slurp? Difficult decisions at The Sampler So does one sip, spit or slurp? The etiquette for wine tastings in usually ... read more >
D.Byrne Finewines The Wandering Palate’s UK correspondent, Alistair Scott considers the gratifyingly tangible aspects of a good old fashion,, family-run local wine merchant. So, what makes a great wine shop…or off-licence or bottle shop if you prefer? What is it that works best for you as a wine buyer? When the door bell pings and you look inside the store, what excites ... read more >