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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
29 Oct
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

Andrew Barrow
13 Aug
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
FSWine Four Seasons Wine and Food

FSWine Four Seasons Wine and Food

 twitter tasting you say; wines and notes and things flying through the ether as questions are sent to the hosts? Sounds enormous fun… shame I can’tRead More

Martinborough Pinot Noir

Martinborough Pinot Noir

Following on from my dismal attempts at small talk (like speeches, not my forte) I settled in for tasting various wines with the two cheeses thatRead More

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9
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Tons Duorum Branco

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Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

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