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Petit Comptoir Francais

Petit Comptoir Francais

I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact thatRead More

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I hadRead More

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

I might have let out an embarrassing yelp on the train up to London yesterday. To fill the journey I was scanning through my twitter feedRead More

Cité des civilisations du vin

Cité des civilisations du vin

By the time the next Fete du Vin rolls round the grand wine project in Bordeaux should be completed. As we hurtled passed – as IRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Jul
Appletiser Gold Fever Sparkling Rum Cocktail

Appletiser Gold Fever Sparkling Rum Cocktail

A change from the usual summer staple of gin, tonic and various fruit syrups or ginger ale. This week a rather decent Appletiser Gold Fever SparklingRead More

Andrew Barrow
2 Jul
Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin

Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin

The gin itself has a beautifully floral aroma, a subtle Elderflower hue and a weighty palate (due to the sweetness) with an edge of spice and pepper. Cant say I really detected the Elderflower…. but it does make a damn fine G&T with Fever Tree Tonic. I did rather love it sans tonic, just over ice.

Andrew Barrow
20 Jun
Rosé d’Anjou Urban Style

Rosé d’Anjou Urban Style

What is the usual portrayal of rosé drinking in the summer? Pool-side lounging, the clatter of ice as the wine bottle is removed from the chiller,Read More

Johnnie And Ginger Be Bold

Johnnie And Ginger Be Bold

A big, bold whisky such as Johnnie Walker Red Label demands a mixer to match. So began the instructions for this fun little experiment. A kit,Read More

Andrew Barrow
2 Jun
London Wine Week 2014 Events

London Wine Week 2014 Events

A whole host of events is scheduled for London Wine Week (2nd – 8th June 2014). Plenty of opportunities for sampling at various bars and restaurantsRead More

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