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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

Food and Wine Matching at Restaurante Vínico Galeria do Esporão

Food and Wine Matching at Restaurante Vínico Galeria do Esporão

You would expect a vineyard based restaurant to provide a selection of superlative food matched perfectly with the estates wines. The Esporão Estate in Portugal doesn’tRead More

A Wine For Fish Pie

A Wine For Fish Pie

Chardonnay should be the wine of choice when matching with fish pie; unoaked preferably. You need something ripe and silky to accompany the creamy element; aRead More

Hardys Nottage Hill FreshCase

Hardys Nottage Hill FreshCase

Regardless of what you think of the actual wine – Nottage Hill being one of the top selling brands in the UK and as such isRead More

For Those Who Don’t Tweet – Notes from the South African Mega Tasting

For Those Who Don’t Tweet – Notes from the South African Mega Tasting

For those who don’t follow Spittoon on Twitter (via wine_scribbler) a recap on the twitter tasting notes sent during the South African Wine Mega Tasting. HeldRead More

Khulu Sky – A New South African Wine Range

Khulu Sky – A New South African Wine Range

If I have one criticism of this new range of wines is their size – I was so convinced they were 50cl bottles that I wastedRead More

Eight Portuguese Wines – A Snapshot of Portugal

Eight Portuguese Wines – A Snapshot of Portugal

The end of the month sees the wine-blogospheres attention focusing on the Lisbon Wine Bloggers Conference; it’s one of those countries I’ve long hankered to visit.Read More

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

As part of their tie-up with Jamie Oliver internet retailer Naked Wines are offering a mixed case of wines (either six individual bottles or a doubleRead More

The Wine Society – Brief Notes from a Tasting

The Wine Society – Brief Notes from a Tasting

As Heather said as she strolled off to John Lewis to return a broken-handled colander; its all very middle class. With the rows of red BurgundyRead More

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

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