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Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

Cigales – perhaps over-shadowed by the acclaim neighbouring Ribera del Duero receives but a tasting of 12 wines demonstrated that ‘by heck-laddie’ they know how toRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 May
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard

Like the proverbial bus once you discover one million year old whale skeleton in a vineyard you discover another. Down Australia way in Brain Croser’s ‘Whalebone’Read More

Andrew Barrow
5 Apr
A Quick Guide to Wine With Chocolate

A Quick Guide to Wine With Chocolate

Having devoured with gluttonous gusto a Hotel Chocolate Easter Egg over the weekend, thereby revealing yet again a total character weakness for all things chocolate, IRead More

Andrew Barrow
20 Mar
Howard Park Wines at Hotel Du Vin

Howard Park Wines at Hotel Du Vin

To my right is Michael Kerrigan winemaker for Howard Park and on my left sits Henri Chapon, something very important in the Du Vin hotel chain.Read More

Chinese Wine.

Many years ago I sampled a red and a white from China – for the novelty factor alone they were ‘interesting’. I recall that was aboutRead More

Andrew Barrow
31 Aug
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Combinations 3: Flatbreads with Spiced Chicken, Pistachios and Roasted Peppers.

Combinations 3: Flatbreads with Spiced Chicken, Pistachios and Roasted Peppers.

Begun as a little exercise between myself and Beau at Basic Juice, Combinations, was designed to generate interesting content for our respective blogs. Not that BeauRead More

Top 100 Vin De Pays Tasting

Top 100 Vin De Pays Tasting

The great and the good of the UK wine world (and no that doesn’t include me) tasted a few wines earlier in the year and cameRead More

Andrew Barrow
21 May
Iconic Australia – Australia Day Tasting.

Iconic Australia – Australia Day Tasting.

The scrum around the Iconic Australia tasting table was not the most conducive to serious sampling and note writing; being interrupted by some ol’ fart comparingRead More

South Africa Mega Tasting – Wine Recommendations.

South Africa Mega Tasting – Wine Recommendations.

The biggest South African tasting in the UK ever I believe. A mass of producers from every region offering wine in all the permutations you canRead More

The Mountain Valley Range.

The Mountain Valley Range.

A range of wines, just launched, aiming to encapsulate a more international flavour and create a wine ‘brand’. I wasn’t expecting much from these to beRead More

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