E. Guigal – Cotes du Rhone 2011

E. Guigal – Cotes du Rhone 2011Guigal is rightly acclaimed for its flagship wines, among them notably La Landonne, La Mouline, La Turque and Chateau d’Ampuis from the Northern Rhone appellation of Cote Rotie. In this company it is easy to forget that the firm also produces fine wines from all corners of the Rhone Valley, including generic Cotes du Rhone.…

Robert Parker The Wine Advocate – Jasper Hill & M. Chapoutier Wine Pairing Events – London

Robert Parker The Wine Advocate – Jasper Hill & M. Chapoutier Wine Pairing Events – LondonRobert Parker’s Wine Advocate presents Ron Laughton and Michel Chapoutier--two avant-garde winemakers, charismatic individuals and innovative leaders in organic and biodynamic philosophy. Ron and Michel will host two very special Matter of Taste wine pairing events: Matter of Taste Winemaker Dinner at The Crypt, Friday 27th February - £190 Per Person Matter of Taste Winemaker…

The House of Roosevelt, Shanghai: Wednesday Wine Nights

The House of Roosevelt, Shanghai: Wednesday Wine NightsIf you are in Shanghai on any Wednesday, as a tourist, on a work trip or as a local, The House of Roosevelt will give you much more than a taste of Shanghai hospitality and warmth. You will get an entrée into the fast growing world of wine, which simply never stops in this bourgeoning…

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2012, Waipara, New Zealand

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2012, Waipara,  New ZealandIt is definitively a product of old vines or perhaps I am showing my age, as it seems like I have been drinking this wine (Pegasus Sauvignon Semillon) for as long as I can remember. The Donaldson family, pioneers of the Waipara Valley, declare that 2012 was the latest harvest in memory with the semillon…

Truffle Wine Dinner (Singapore) presented by Merchants and Towerhill Estate

Pairing of Superior Perigord Truffle dinner with Australian artisanal wines Singapore, July 2014 – Towerhill Estate, a tiny and award-winning boutique winery in Mount Barker, Western Australia is our guest at an unusually special wine dinner at Merchants Wine Cellar. Julian, owner/vigneron from Towerhill, will be hand-carrying this precious cargo on the plane from nearby…

The Wandering Palate Wine Feng Shui – Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Wooden Horse

The Wandering Palate Wine Feng Shui – Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Wooden HorseWhat auspicious vinous attributes should we be looking for in the year of The Wooden Horse? Veteran Sommelier and Wine Feng Shui Master, The Wandering Palate, prophesies on the wine that will bring good fortune and enjoymen. Why the lunar year? Notwithstanding I reside in Asia, the nucleus of my ideologies revolve around a back…

Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate – ‘Hedonistic’ Grand World Tour

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…

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2012 – Canberra, ACT, Australia

A few weeks ago I had lunch at my favourite local restaurant in Singapore, Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant with the Reverent Tim Kirk, proprietor and winemaker of Clonakilla vineyard in Canberra, Australia. He was on his way to London on a sales campaign with his agent, the polished and adroit Liberty Wines, and had managed…

Must-Have Wine: Schubert Block B & Marion’s Pinot Noir 2011

Having tried the new 2011 pinot noir releases from Schubert at the New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration back in February, even though only just bottled, one could already sense a brooding concentration in the vintage yet balanced with notably fresh-cool acidities and crunchy fruit. Actually, the vintage theme at the regional tasting was 2010, a…

Must-Have Wine – New Zealand Red Wine of the Lunar Year (Dragon) & Biodynamic Vigneron of the Lunar

Pinot noir enthusiasts the world over hardly need any convincing that Felton Road make extraordinarily good, arguably great pinot noir, however that does not mean I can't have my say as well. Moreover, the stars seemed aligned in many respects for this appraisal, in part because I found a long-lost notebook with my tasting notes…
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