Must-Have Wines

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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 imperat...
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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 y...
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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 o...
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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 B...
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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 wh...
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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 ...
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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&r...