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  • Gin Lab Experience at COLDGin Lab Experience at COLDLocating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –
  • Tons Duorum BrancoTons Duorum BrancoOK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca Lirico
  • Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for PhotographersAnnouncing Tuscan Wine Tour for PhotographersMy three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of a
  • The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and ChocolateThe Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and ChocolatePerhaps a slightly over-ambitious claim but this info-thang does give some pointers to pairing wine and chocolate. It was drawn up by those lovely people at
  • Supertravel Wines for SkiingSupertravel Wines for SkiingWines for Skiing; no not strapping a couple of magnums to your feet and throwing yourself down a slope ’cause that would just be silly. But
  • Glass of Wine at Trattoria La CasalingaGlass of Wine at Trattoria La CasalingaA carafe of the house vino, lightish, generously flavoured and slightly rustic but no less enjoyable for that. Washed down this mammoth dish of boar sauced
  • Sunday Brunch Se Sio on ArnoSunday Brunch Se Sio on ArnoWas it really over a week since I was in Florence? Thanks to those fine people at the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express,
  • Black Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackBlack Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackDisaster! I was waving the Dyson about like a mad thing possessed, hyped by a fab tune on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 show, and noticed
  • Tasca d'AlmeritaTasca d'AlmeritaBlack and White Photograph: The Winery, Vines and Vineyards of Tasca d'Almerita, Sicily taken during a 2013 tour by the Circle of Wine Writers
  • A Wine For Fish PieA Wine For Fish PieAnother wine from Les Grands Chais de France case sent my way earlier in the year (the other reviewed being Domaine Savagny Cotes du Jura Tradition).
  • Drink Things - Wine and Beer in Print and On VideoDrink Things - Wine and Beer in Print and On VideoA quickie – a round up of the latest books culled from various press releases interspersed with a couple of wine videos all wrapped up in
  • Domaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionDomaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionA little box of wines was delivered the other week; inside a mix of red and white wine from across France. Also in the box a
  • Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner The world’s first ever crowd-sourced wine has launched following the success of a nationwide competition to find a new wine logo design. A housewife from Buckinghamshire,
  • Favourite Wintertime WinesFavourite Wintertime WinesA challenge – pick three wines (one red, one white and a sparkling) as your ‘Favourite Wintertime Wines’ with the stipulation that they must all retail
  • Wine On Board The Queen Mary 2Wine On Board The Queen Mary 2Cunard – the luxury cruise liner – have celebrated their 200th Transatlantic Crossing of the luxurious Queen Mary 2. Next year also sees the Queen Mary
Sunlight on Italian Vines

Sunlight on Italian Vines

With the American Wine Bloggers Conference in full swing over in Portland – tweets from friends there brought to mind the excellent time spent last yearRead More

Piggy Bank Wine

Piggy Bank Wine

It’s pretty much a given that wine in general and wine retailing specifically has not really grasped the ‘social media’ aspects of the internet. Despite allRead More

Tractor Amongst the Vines

Tractor Amongst the Vines

A tractor doing what tractors do… in the vineyards surrounding the Rene Barbier winery in Spain. Tractor Amongst the Vines, Rene Barbier, Spain – the latestRead More

Andrew Barrow
12 Aug
Sample page from WINE GRAPES

Sample page from WINE GRAPES

I’ve managed to gather a few sample pages from the forthcoming WINE GRAPES by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz. The images below are takenRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Aug
Champagne Sabrage

Champagne Sabrage

Taken earlier this week; a Slovakian sommelier demonstrating the art of champagne sabrage. No sword or scimitar in sight just, in this instance, a metal jug.Read More

Invivo Wines, New Zealand

Invivo Wines, New Zealand

On the doorstep a nice looking box hiding, (surprise!) wine! Specifically from Invivo Wines, New Zealand with two classic Kiwi varietals a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc andRead More

Freixenet Summer Cocktails

Freixenet Summer Cocktails

What I really puts me off making cocktails at home is the incredible list of ingredients you have to buy; so few stores stock half bottlesRead More

Andrew Barrow
31 Jul
Naked Wine Tasting

Naked Wine Tasting

Just a few photographs from the superb Sydney trip remain to be processed; my Australia flickr set now numbers 124 photos. Latest additions include those takenRead More

Leoube Rosé

Leoube Rosé

Earlier I was piling ready-made gin and tonics amongst the tubs of ice-cream and salad into the shopping basket when one of those beige people totteredRead More

Andrew Barrow
25 Jul
Wine Blog Awards 2012

Wine Blog Awards 2012

It is all rather exciting and totally unexpected; but spittoon has been nominated in the Wine Blog Awards 2012 under the `Best Original Photography or VideoRead More

Andrew Barrow
22 Jul

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Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

A rather tenuous link to wine photo for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot I’m afraid. Taken this morning, at dawn, a photo of Wallingford bridge asRead More

9
Apr

Gin Lab Experience at COLD

Locating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –Read More

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Tons Duorum Branco

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Mar

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

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Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

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