President Barack Obama in Synchronicity with The Wandering Palate
The White House

Someone in the White House clearly has good taste or has been reading the Wandering Palate, having served at the Obama-Cameron state banquet, the Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille 2009 with the first course of crisped halibut with potato crust served on a bed of braised baby kale (fresh from the White House garden) with shaved Brussels sprouts and micro-cabbage sprouts and Applewood smoked bacon. Read More >

USA – White Wine of the Year
Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay

Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year USA – White Wine of the Year

Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay 2008 – Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

At the risk of being repetitive, whenever I’m asked what is my favourite wine? The answer is invariably, “The one I haven’t tried yet” and discovery remains my main motivation in my enthusiasm for wine. Moreover, the adage ‘The more you know about wine, the more you realise how little you know’ is pertinent with my lack of knowledge on American wine. Read More >

New York, New York! Restaurateur Chris Lucas Shares his Favourites
Circa-1930 tourists peer out of the Statue of Liberty's crown at a photographer on the torch, which has been closed to the public since a 1916 explosion on a nearby island. From the flame's tip to the ground is 305 feet (93 meters). Photo from National Geographic

The Wandering Palate is off to New York and has been asking a few likeminded Wandering types where they like to eat and hang out in the Big Apple. Read More >

Best Steamed Buns (aka) Dumplings in the World – Truffle Dumplings at Din Tai Fung – Singapore
Din Tai Fung Truffle Dumplings - A La France

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Calera Reed Pinot Noir 1997 – Mt. Harlan, California
Calera Reed Pinot Noir 2008 - California, USA

USA – Red Wine of the Year

Amongst the plethora of wineries on this planet and ever-increasing choice, or perhaps bewilderment for the consumer, there is a select group of iconic brands and individual winemakers that stand head and shoulders above the rest. They are the benchmark for all other producers and greatly respected by fellow winemakers and equally revered by wine enthusiasts.

In the old world and spiritual home of pinot noir, such names as Domaine de le Romanee Conti and Armand Rousseau in Burgundy are holy. In the new world sanctification goes to Calera Wine Co in California, USA and its legendary proprietor, Josh Jensen, a true pioneer of the Californian wine industry and master of the most precarious of all grapes.

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The Wonderful World of Wine Dogs
Wine Dogs - the original winery dog book

Winemakers love dogs. Wherever wine is made, you’re likely to find a good dog stalking the cellar or the vineyard. Wine Dogs has found some beauties from all over the world. Wine Dogs is a celebration of the working (and relaxing) dog in the winery, vineyard and tasting room – created all for the love of dogs and wine.

Wine Dogs editions are photographic journals of stunning pictures interspersed with short essays by Robert Parker Jr., Huon Hooke, Max Allen, Cole Danehower, Dan Berger, Ralph Steadman and many more.

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Domaine de la Romanee Conti vs the World Blind Tasting Results
Burghound in Asia Tasting Results

Part of the ‘Unrivalled Passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay’ program, on Friday, April 8th, 108 wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts congregated at the St Regis Hotel, Singapore, for a two hour tasting of Domaine de la Romanee Conti served alongside wines from four other wineries encompassing America, Australia, Austria and New Zealand.

There was much conjecture and to a degree, misinterpretation, of the objectives of this tasting but in reality, it was always going to be controversial. However, to our knowledge this is the first ever structured comparative consumer-driven tasting of this genre to be held in Asia, and perhaps the world. We would like emphasise this is a consumer preference outcome, ultimately the most strategic arbiter on wine.

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Littorai, Ted Lemon Master Class
Ted Lemon Extreme Sonoma Coast

Ted Lemon takes us through the evolution of his ‘Extreme Sonoma Coast’ Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay and The Haven Pinot Noir.

In probably what is the strongest evidence that the Singapore wine scene is truly evolving to a sophisticated consumers market, we are increasingly seeing some of the very best wines from the USA here.

Putting this in to perspective, many of these producers sell out in their home market moreover have wait lists for cellar door allocations, and are normally rarely found outside of America.

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‘California Dreamin’ – the Calera way
Josh Jensen of Calera Wines, California

Legendary Californian pioneer Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer Josh Jensen liberates some incredible bottles from his cellar.

California evokes so many surreal impressions and if you have ever been in vineyard country there, you sure end up “Californian Dreamin” – forever. Josh Jensen purchased his Mt. Harlan property in San Benito County in 1974, the same year Mama Cass died – as one great era came to an end another began.

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Ridge of no return
Patricia Gallagher, Steven spurrier & Odette Kahn 1976 tasting in Paris

The sensational results of a tasting in Paris more than 30 years ago forever changed the way American wines were considered, writes Curtis Marsh.

America’s most prodigious Bordeaux-style blend – the legendary Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello from the Santa Cruz Mountains – turns 45 years old this year.

Reaching this milestone is only part of the motive for writing this article, notwithstanding that I hail from the same vintage, further inspiration comes from my affinity with Ridge, the 1971 Ridge Monte Bello cabernet was the first American wine I had ever tried, and remains to this day, one of the most profound and indelible wine experiences.

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