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  • 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.
  • Vineyard GazeboVineyard GazeboThe following morning, as I staggered bleary-eyed through the hotel tour, the manager with hand around my shoulders inquired how I had managed to get out
  • Johnnie And Ginger Be BoldJohnnie And Ginger Be BoldA big, bold whisky such as Johnnie Walker Red Label demands a mixer to match. So began the instructions for this fun little experiment. A kit,
  • London Wine Week 2014 EventsLondon Wine Week 2014 EventsA whole host of events is scheduled for London Wine Week (2nd – 8th June 2014). Plenty of opportunities for sampling at various bars and restaurants
EWBC 2012  – The Wine and Food of Turkey

EWBC 2012 – The Wine and Food of Turkey

The EWBC conferences bring together the most generous of souls; I’m yet to meet a wine lover who doesn’t delight in sharing the bottle in hisRead More

Andrew Barrow
27 Nov
Kavaklidere Vineyard

Kavaklidere Vineyard

One of the most remote regions I have travelled to recently – Cappadocia in Turkey. Safe to say a rather wild landscape and one with onlyRead More

EWBC 2012 – The People

EWBC 2012 – The People

The people, the country and the wine – the three strands that combined to make the 2012 European Wine Bloggers Conference such a success. Here aRead More

Courvoisier Punch Recipe

Courvoisier Punch Recipe

A quick and easy to prepare punch, perfect for the party season. Or up the Courvoisier ratio and serve as a more potent cocktail. Courvoisier PunchRead More

Andrew Barrow
20 Nov
Cappadocian Vineyard from a Balloon

Cappadocian Vineyard from a Balloon

Not often you experience a vineyard fly-over from a balloon; this little scrap of dusty earth happens to be in a remote corner of Cappadocia inRead More

Tio Pepe

Tio Pepe

For this weeks Sunday Snap Shot a photo of sherry… Unlike many styles of wine, fino is best enjoyed as young as possible, and is alwaysRead More

Freixenet Mediterranean 75

Freixenet Mediterranean 75

A cocktail presented as one of the Freixenet Festive Cocktails. What makes the Freixenet Mediterranean 75 interesting is that it was drunk in Rick’s Bar AmericainRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Pouring the Red

Pouring the Red

Pouring the red – a restaurant table crowded with the accoutrements of fine dining – bread basket, plentiful cutlery, numerous glasses, candles, the salt cellar andRead More

Oddbins Bloggers Case: Competition

Oddbins Bloggers Case: Competition

I know… I know… the news is pants-wettingly exciting. The blogging collective six have re-convened and selected a magical set of six wines just for theRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Nov
Japanese Food and Bordeaux Wines

Japanese Food and Bordeaux Wines

 food was exquisite, really, really delicious. Not a great expert on Japanese foodstuffs – the closest and most recent acquaintance being some dull supermarket sushi aboutRead More

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Petit Comptoir Francais

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27
Jul

The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

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24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

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Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A 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 LoungeRead More

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Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

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18
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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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 hadRead More

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