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  • 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,
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

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Freixenet Mediterranean 75

Freixenet Mediterranean 75

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Andrew Barrow
7 Nov
Pouring the Red

Pouring the Red

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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

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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

Corkscrew

Corkscrew

A dying accoutrement or a vital item of equipment? Maybe the higher echelons of Bordeaux and Burgundy will retain the cork for evermore? Perhaps the ecologicalRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Oddbins The Palate 2012

Oddbins The Palate 2012

The wine equivalent of the X_Factor was launched last June – a search for the UK’s finest amateur wine taster: Oddbins The Palate 2012. Launched toRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Oct
Taking A Snap: Martinborough Pinot Noir

Taking A Snap: Martinborough Pinot Noir

A familiar sight for those with exposure to bloggers – cameras of all types and sizes taking snaps or better of the wines just sampled orRead More

Andrew Barrow
21 Oct

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