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First Great Western Pullman Service

First Great Western Pullman Service

“I didn’t even realise anyone ran a Pullman dining car these days…” The reaction I’ve received from everyone I’ve mentioned my recent dining experience too. ButRead More

Wine Videos: Rare Grapes and Food & Wine

Wine Videos: Rare Grapes and Food & Wine

Two videos for your delight and delectation… the first is covering a tasting I sadly couldn’t get to. It shows Dr José Vouillamoz who took memberRead More

Wild Over Pinot Gris

Wild Over Pinot Gris

Finally I’ve joined the Wine Society. The application went in just before Christmas, the first order arriving not long after. The reason for joining was simple;Read More

Japanese Food and Bordeaux Wines

Japanese Food and Bordeaux Wines

 food was exquisite, really, really delicious. Not a great expert on Japanese foodstuffs – the closest and most recent acquaintance being some dull supermarket sushi aboutRead More

Wine With Cheese

Wine With Cheese

At lunch yesterday I sat next to a winemaker. Scrabbling for something to keep the conversation going, I enquired if he was a red wine withRead More

Andrew Barrow
27 Sep
Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips on Pefect Wine and Food Pairings

Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips on Pefect Wine and Food Pairings

Charles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this weekend. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. CharlesRead More

Wine and Food Tasting Mondavi Style

Wine and Food Tasting Mondavi Style

Wine and Food Tasting Mondavi Style – a guest post by my good friend Jeanne aka Cooksister. We have all been there. Four friends with busyRead More

Andrew Barrow
26 Jun
The Vineyard at Stockcross

The Vineyard at Stockcross

I have to admit feeling more than a little smug. I’m certain the others at my end of the table were awed by my tasting prowess,Read More

Freixenet Wines With Food

Freixenet Wines With Food

Here’s another grape variety to tick off the list – Trepat; you’ll only find it growing in North-East Spain where its destiny is to end upRead More

LAN Wines and Tapas

LAN Wines and Tapas

“Have we met?”, the lady to my left said quizzically, “You look very familiar”. My stock answer is rather flippant “I just have one of thoseRead More

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