Must-Have Wine: Maison Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Rouges 2008

The stars must have been aligned and a flower day in the biodynamic calendar as our bottle of Maison Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Rouges 2008 blossomed in the glass, moreover sublime with our Peking duck over lunch at Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, surely the best duck to be had in all Singapore. And…

Must-Have Wine: Monte Antico 2007

When you’ve been in the wine trade long enough, in my case 30 years, there are certain wines that you follow as benchmarks; a sort of palate calibration that you undergo every year (vintage) as an imperative to get a bearing and set a course into an ocean of wines to be tasted. With an…

Wines for the Christmas Table

These suggestions are purely personal and what we will be enjoying at the Wandering Palate Christmas table, although you are most welcome to follow the recommendations, or drop me a line if you need advice on your selection or sourcing. Roast turkey certainly calls for a white wine with texture and richness or even opulence…

Must-Have Wine – Birthday Beaujolais

This is the eve of the new vintage Beaujolais Nouveau, celebrated on the third Thursday of November annually, so by default I find myself somewhat compelled to join in the festivities, and you will find me at one of the Nouveau parties, somewhere on this planet, drowning in a krater of Beaujolais, burbling incoherencies of…

Must-Have Wine: Maison Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint Aubin Le Banc 2008

On my first trip to Burgundy some 20 years ago, I discovered the appellation and white wines of St. Aubin. I had, by stroke of luck, managed to secure an appointment with Marc Colin Sr., on reflection a career-changing turn of events that inspired me to expand my Australian wine distribution business to importing from…

Must-Have Wine: Sauv Blanc

As we wing our way from Melbourne to Singapore, the wine list on SQ228 has me conned into a sauvignon blanc, a Tinpot 2008 from Marlborough purported to be “atypical as the grapes are predominantly from Blind River in the Awatere Valley which is drier and less fertile than the main valley floor. The result…

Must-Have Wine: Austrian Pinot Noir

If there is any sort of ascendency to my passion for wine, I would say discovery is the pinnacle. This goes hand in hand with the question constantly asked of me, “What is your favorite wine?” To which my standard reply is, “The wine I haven’t tried yet”. Discovery is at the very heart of…

Must-Have Wine:Vidal Estate Syrah 2007

My first encounter with Vidal Syrah was the 2004 vintage, served at a wine fair last year in Singapore. The importer had it in a decanter, which no one seemed interested in. I tried it without asking what it was and was immediately blown away by the wonderfully feral bouquet that was nothing short of…

Must-Have Wine: Arlewood La Bratta 2007 – Margaret River, Western Australia

When was the last time you had an Australian merlot that pushed your button? I came across one that not only aroused my merlot curiosity; it triggered just about every pleasure and sensory neuron in my wandering olfactories and aesthetic and had me reaching for my tasting notebook. The wine, Arelwood La Bratta 2007, was…

Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2009 & 2010

Are you a Chablis drinker? A chardonnay purist who relishes the ethereal clarity of Chablis; a wine infused with flinty minerality and a saline quality that speaks so loudly of the soils it hails from that it’s unmistakable? Then there’s the slippery, silky texture, largely unadulterated by oak, its glassy, lubricous, tantalizingly tangy palate invigorated…