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  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonWinery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonA photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a
  • Cocktails at ScarfesCocktails at ScarfesI have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails were
  • Charles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. We
  • Petit Comptoir FrancaisPetit Comptoir FrancaisI cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact that
  • Visiting a Port House: Ramos PintoVisiting a Port House: Ramos PintoJust behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge for
  • The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the TrafalgarThe Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the TrafalgarA 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 Lounge
  • Quinta do Portal Douro PortugalQuinta do Portal Douro PortugalOn the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I had
  • The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist I might have let out an embarrassing yelp on the train up to London yesterday. To fill the journey I was scanning through my twitter feed
  • Cité des civilisations du vinCité des civilisations du vinBy the time the next Fete du Vin rolls round the grand wine project in Bordeaux should be completed. As we hurtled passed – as I
  • Appletiser Gold Fever Sparkling Rum Cocktail Appletiser Gold Fever Sparkling Rum Cocktail A change from the usual summer staple of gin, tonic and various fruit syrups or ginger ale. This week a rather decent Appletiser Gold Fever Sparkling
  • Château Mauvesin Barton BordeauxChâteau Mauvesin Barton BordeauxThe intention was to save this photo and use it as either a stand-alone Sunday Wine Shot or as part of a gallery of photos taken
  • Over the Crumbling WallOver the Crumbling WallAt the far end of the Quinta do Portal vineyard, a crumbling wall and a view stretching for miles across vines and Douro Hills. Taken a
  • Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused GinWarner Edwards Elderflower Infused GinThe gin itself has a beautifully floral aroma, a subtle Elderflower hue and a weighty palate (due to the sweetness) with an edge of spice and pepper. Cant say I really detected the Elderflower.... but it does make a damn fine G&T with Fever Tree Tonic. I did rather love it sans tonic, just over ice.
  • Rosé d’Anjou Urban Style Rosé d’Anjou Urban Style What is the usual portrayal of rosé drinking in the summer? Pool-side lounging, the clatter of ice as the wine bottle is removed from the chiller,
  • Oh No Not Another Vineyard ShotOh No Not Another Vineyard ShotThe same morning in Quinta do Portal as last weeks Sunday Wine Shot – Vineyard Gazebo. Further up the hill now, looking into the rising sun.
Coffee and Caffeine

Coffee and Caffeine

 part from wine and the rehydrating need for water there is little else I drink. The occasional rum and coke perhaps, an odd cocktail if it’sRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 Mar
Microscopic Images Of Drinks

Microscopic Images Of Drinks

Wine as art – specifically microscopic images of wine and other drinks that you can buy as prints on special metallic paper or as canvas wraps.Read More

Pub Lunch at The Well

Pub Lunch at The Well

Nothing like a pub lunch on a Sunday… this one was taken at The Well, Clerkenwell. Two of us squished onto a little round table atRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Mar
Cocktails at The Pig

Cocktails at The Pig

Jam jars with handles, over-sized sherry copitas and mini kilna jars – all in keeping with the mis-matched eclectic feel of The Pig, and all usedRead More

The Pig, Brockenhurst

The Pig, Brockenhurst

I’ve a copy of the wine list in front of me. It is rather interesting. (Envisage if you will a pointy bearded gentlemen stroking said beardRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 Feb
Jacobs Creek True Characters

Jacobs Creek True Characters

Don’t ignore these… they might well be from Jacobs Creek, a brand so easily dismissed by wine-aficionados (“It’s a big corporate brand from Australia… run forRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Feb
Cocktails at Bite 2013

Cocktails at Bite 2013

I think my tweet at the time might have been an understatement. Unusual for me. The Passion Chilli Martini was certainly hot, hot, hot and tooRead More

Andrew Barrow
11 Feb
A Glass of Bubbly

A Glass of Bubbly

Glass of bubbly? Don’t mind if I do guv… The first few sips were very impressive; then I made the fatal mistake of placing the glassRead More

Red Obsession

Red Obsession

A new documentary film Red Obsession by Warwick Ross & David Roach, is to premier in the upcoming Berlin Film Festival on February 14th. The film,Read More

Andrew Barrow
8 Feb
Rathfinny Estate Concept Video

Rathfinny Estate Concept Video

I hear that the Rathfinny Estate in East Sussex, is about to engage in another round of planting. Specifically 85,000 vines will be added to theRead More

Andrew Barrow
4 Feb

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