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  • Moustachioed Wine ManMoustachioed Wine ManSomewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the
  • A Wine For Your BurgerA Wine For Your BurgerToday is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy and
  • 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.
The Very Best English Sparkling Wines

The Very Best English Sparkling Wines

The Judgement of Parsons Green – not perhaps having the same lustre as the famous Judgement of Paris – but this yearly event pitches English sparklingRead More

Lunch at the Port House

Lunch at the Port House

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Hanging Wine Glasses

Hanging Wine Glasses

A corner of the Port House (417 The Strand, London) and a sight ubiquitous to all restaurants – a rack of hanging wine glasses. Here atRead More

Nino Franco Grave di Stecca

Nino Franco Grave di Stecca

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Coffee and Caffeine

Coffee and Caffeine

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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

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Andrew Barrow
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Cocktails at The Pig

Cocktails at The Pig

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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
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