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The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

I was in a restaurant once where, on asking the sommelier – crisply suited with a dangling, shiny, tastevin hanging around his neck – for aRead More

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A London pop-up bar, right in the very centre of town, with one of the most superb views across the skyline. Welcome to the Vista LoungeRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Flaviar – A new way to discover premium spirits

Flaviar – A new way to discover premium spirits

Did you know that due to the tropical climate common to Rum-producing areas, Rum matures at a much faster rate than is typical for Whisky orRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth

Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth

To be honest the Tonnix failed to impress. Despite the funky art label and the “white wine for seafood” descriptive this white Douro lack a littleRead More

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

Three Recommendations from DropWines

Three Recommendations from DropWines

Rumour has it that Richard was once held hostage by a fearsome, rampantly coiffured, Bulgarian countess and forced to drink his way through her wine cellarRead More

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Wine Tasting Slovenian Style

Wine Tasting Slovenian Style

The wines of Miha Batic a natural wine producer in Slovenia; photos and tasting notes taken while sampling the wines in the vineyard.

Wine Tasting Tuscan Style

Wine Tasting Tuscan Style

Opening with the ‘basic’ wines he was almost apologetic at their simplicity. Personally I found them a delight; no idea of price at the time (the top of the range comes in at a very reasonable €20 cellar door) but to a bottle these ‘lesser’ wines were lovely, offering a balanced richness, a true regional acidic streak in the RI.VA.LE Chianti and a touch riper, softer palate to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Reviewing the Wines of Chêne Bleu

Reviewing the Wines of Chêne Bleu

There really is a blue oak tree in this southern Rhone wine estate. An ancient oak presiding over the 87 acre vineyard, restored medieval priory andRead More

Lunch at the Port House

Lunch at the Port House

What defines a great meal? Is it just the food? Maybe the drinks consumed adds a little, perhaps the ambiance of the restaurant matters more. ImportantlyRead More

Andrew Barrow
2 Apr

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