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Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

It’s an ambitious series of linked events; live public tasting at Lord’s Cricket Ground, others at Waitrose Canary Wharf and the food hall at John LewisRead More

Food & Wine Matching Notes from Naked Wines Latest Jamie Oliver Case

Food & Wine Matching Notes from Naked Wines Latest Jamie Oliver Case

Arriving at the tail end of last week the second mixed case of wines from Naked Wines forming a regular mailing under a Jamie Oliver SeasonalRead More

Cordon Rouge and Patrick Jouin

Cordon Rouge and Patrick Jouin

Tastes change as you age. I’ve long held a dislike of mushy peas, parsnips and champagne for example. Bubbles in drinks leads to an expectation ofRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Speed Tasting Sonoma

Speed Tasting Sonoma

It was all a bit mad really. Four wine makers, a duo of wines opened in front of them and us given just ten minutes toRead More

Slow Roasted Lamb with Cockburn’s Late Bottled Port

Slow Roasted Lamb with Cockburn’s Late Bottled Port

One of the oddest pairings I’ve sampled recently – roast lamb and late bottled port. The lamb was cooked at a very low temperature for neigh-onRead More

On Sauvingon Blanc and Villa Maria’s Cellar Selection Sauvignon

On Sauvingon Blanc and Villa Maria’s Cellar Selection Sauvignon

There is an issue with Sauvignon Blanc. When it’s cheap, it’s nasty, rough, acidic and one dimensional. Even modest examples can lack complexity and a layeringRead More

Andrew Barrow
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The Best of the Loire: Le Concours des Ligers

The Best of the Loire: Le Concours des Ligers

The 24th Loire Valley Wine Trade Fair/Salon des Vins de Loire ran over three days (1st – 3rd February 2010) last week. In addition to theRead More

Pizza Express Leggara Wines

Pizza Express Leggara Wines

Four Reds from the South of France

Four Reds from the South of France

What is it with Grenache/Carignan/Syrah blends? Those deep savoury edged, black fruit wonders that make my heart quiver. And why is those from the South ofRead More

The Journey’s End Range from South Africa

The Journey’s End Range from South Africa

“Journey’s End Estate is a stunning boutique winery and vineyard located in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. In 1995 the Gabb family (originally from ShropshireRead More

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9
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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

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