El Phnom Penh

September 11, 2013 Darren Gall 0

  Phnom Penh has taken on a decidedly Latin flavour recently with several new Spanish restaurants and Tapas Bars opening in the capitol and ‘Tapas’ menus even appearing in decidedly non-Spanish venues eager to take […]

Aroma Therapy

September 10, 2013 Darren Gall 0

  The end of Cambodia’s most pleasant of weather seasons has arrived; the ‘Windy Season’, ( as it is known locally) is a delightful time of year where the day temperatures are relatively mild, evening […]

Asia Noir

September 10, 2013 Darren Gall 0

There is no written law that decries you must drink a certain wine with a certain dish or, that wine consumption has to be accompanied by any food at all. There are also no laws […]

Finding Nero

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Homer and Virgil sent Odysseus and Aeneas to her island shores; there they encountered harpies, Cyclops, Laestrygonians, sirens and Aeolia, the God of Winds. This is a place where The Gods broker deals with mere […]

Wine Speak

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

…mintiness with peaches and strawberries …a chocolate smokiness with leathery insinuations …hessian …apes and peacocks …and a faint, elusive yet startling aroma of wine…” – Michael Leunig, cartoonist   Thus describes the bewilderment, exasperation and […]

Wine into Water

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Ronald Brown is the owner of the remarkably overachieving South Australian winery Maverick, in the Barossa Valley. The winery is aptly named, Brown is every bit the Maverick. Described by eminent Australian wine writer James […]

For Canard

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

I absolutely adore ducks; I’ve nibbled on their webs and sucked on their tongues in Chinese palaces. I’ve even eat their livers “with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” in Italian cucinas. Just about […]

Days of Wine and Spices

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Darren Gall, puts out the fire of spice in his mouth with the requisite wines. “The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong Delta. An overheated private removed his flak jacket, […]

Putting out the Bins

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Penfold’s Bin, Icon & Luxury Brands Wine Release 2013 The annual Penfold’s release of its wines is a significant date in the annual wine calendar. When it includes a vintage like 2010 then the market […]

Noir – The Heart of Darkness

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

“Maya, Indian goddess of illusions, siren of shipwrecked sailors; if only you lactated Pinot Noir, you’d be perfect.”  Miles to Maya in the movie ‘Sideways’. Pinot Noir is the ultimate Diva of the wine world: […]

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