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Wine Tasting Note: Chapillon Syrah/Merlot, 2005, Cariñena, Spain

Wine Tasting Note: Chapillon Syrah/Merlot, 2005, Cariñena, Spain

Christophe Chapillon is a Frenchman and a “somewhat maverick businessman” living in Zaragoza, Spain. He recently sourced some old vine Syrah and Merlot, and asked ManuelRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Tasting Note: Di Martino Legado Syrah, 2005, Choapa Valley, Chile

Wine Tasting Note: Di Martino Legado Syrah, 2005, Choapa Valley, Chile

Is it Syrah or Shiraz? Not that it matters but unusually for a New World bottling the label uses the French Syrah rather than the moreRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Tasting Note: Quinta da Alorna Portal da Águia, 2005, Ribatejo, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Quinta da Alorna Portal da Águia, 2005, Ribatejo, Portugal

A rummage around the bottom shelves in Oddbins unearthed this little beaut. Forget those crusty old, baked, oxidised, fruitless Portuguese whites of old and embrace thisRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 Jan
Wine Tasting Note: Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note:Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal.Bin-end stock at Waitrose £4.99 down from £6.99.Bought to accompany a spicy, rich, Spanish-inspired Chorizo and Potato Stew the flavoursRead More

Andrew Barrow
17 Jan
Wine Tasting Note: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière, 2004, Pic St Loup, France

Wine Tasting Note: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière, 2004, Pic St Loup, France

The second wine from the small order from Pic Wines. This delightful red hails from the heart of the Pic Saint Loup cru. Mas The currentRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Dec
Wine Tasting Note: Danie de Wet Earth and Sky Chardonnay, 2006, Robertson, South Africa

Wine Tasting Note: Danie de Wet Earth and Sky Chardonnay, 2006, Robertson, South Africa

Dinner was Organic Roast Chicken with Oranges and Winter Herbs lifted from the November issue of Delicious served with Baked Onions with Parmesan and Cream (NigelRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas, 2005, Calatayud, Spain

Wine Tasting Note: Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas, 2005, Calatayud, Spain

Just like those record review shows where those gathered around the table talk through the tunes they like and remain tight-lipped with a song that grates,Read More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Tasting Note: Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.

Not something you see much of is Sauvignon Gris, especially from the New World. This example brought in from Chile is the only example I haveRead More

A Wine for Wagamama’s Chili Beef Ramen – Combinations #7

A Wine for Wagamama’s Chili Beef Ramen – Combinations #7

Coincidentally just a couple of days after selecting this dish as the basis for Combinations #7 the opportunity arose to eat at Wagamama; of course IRead More

PIC Wines Tasting

PIC Wines Tasting

We arrived late; not conducive to a relaxed tasting especially when everyone else is slurping on the dessert muscat and are well settled into the wholeRead More

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