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Wine and Charcuterie Matching – Brief Notes from a Tasting

Wine and Charcuterie Matching – Brief Notes from a Tasting

All it needed was our ‘lecturer’ to lob a stick of chalk at my head and I’d be right back at school. I ended up, asRead More

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Vergelegen, South Africa

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Vergelegen, South Africa

A 300 year history permeates Vergelegen; one of South Africa’s most prestigious, reknown and visited wineries in the Cape. The original homestead was built in 1700;Read More

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Boschendal, Stellenbosch

Brief Notes from a Tasting: Boschendal, Stellenbosch

Under the branches of an old, old oak tree a marvellous romp through a range of Boschendal wines. Hosted by Lizelle Gerber, Head White Wine Maker,Read More

Newton Johnson Winery, Walker Bay, South Africa

Newton Johnson Winery, Walker Bay, South Africa

Even the hazy cloud cover couldn’t dampen the thrill of the view. After a gentle meander alongside the Onrust River passing Hamilton Russell and Bouchard FinlaysonRead More

In The Company of Wine People: brief notes from a tasting

In The Company of Wine People: brief notes from a tasting

The lovely lady in the picture is Isabel, Brand Development Manager for the Company of Wine People who led us through a marvellous tasting on theRead More

Brief notes from a tasting: Kleine Zalze Estate, Stellenbosch

Brief notes from a tasting: Kleine Zalze Estate, Stellenbosch

An ideal introducton to the wines and foods of South Africa – the award winning Terrior Restaurant in the Kleine Zalze Estate – one of SouthRead More

Great Iberian Wines From Vinoteca

Great Iberian Wines From Vinoteca

Two lovely people – Ryan and Gabriella – from Catavino, hosted an excellent Iberian wine tasting at Vinoteca, London last Friday. Unusually for me I’m gettingRead More

Tesco Drinks Awards Winners

Tesco Drinks Awards Winners

I sneaked a look under the blank covering, guiltily, just to see which my favourite beer from the tasting was. I took a clandestine snap withRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Dec
Wine and Food Matching – Ideas From A Recent Tasting

Wine and Food Matching – Ideas From A Recent Tasting

Given the synergy between food and wine I have long wondered at the lack of ‘combinations’ at tastings. While the industry thrives on gourmet meals (toRead More

Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief notes scribbled at the London International Wine and Spirits Fair in Excel of the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008. Of the 1,214 samples submittedRead More

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