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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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
Martinborough Pinot Noir

Martinborough Pinot Noir

Following on from my dismal attempts at small talk (like speeches, not my forte) I settled in for tasting various wines with the two cheeses thatRead More

Cirotto Sparkling Wines

Cirotto Sparkling Wines

Received an email the other day highlighting a series of video reports by one Robin Brewster; he describes his latest, on Cirotto Sparkling Wines as ThreeRead More

d’Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard

d’Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard

d’Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009 – the latest in the regular Sunday Wine Snapshots series highlighting photographs with a wine related theme

Wine With Cheese

Wine With Cheese

At lunch yesterday I sat next to a winemaker. Scrabbling for something to keep the conversation going, I enquired if he was a red wine withRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wines and People at the 5th ARSE Wine Tasting

Wines and People at the 5th ARSE Wine Tasting

Andrew’s Really Secret Event The First Rule of ARSE – do not talk about ARSE The Second Rule of ARSE – do not attend with aRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon

A busy time in the wine trade. It seems the moment the kiddies returned to school the PR companies and retailers received a shot in theRead More

Beer Barrels

Beer Barrels

This photo is rather old, taken in fact, way back in 2006 not long after purchasing my faithful Canon 350D. At the time I had aRead More

Bacardi Oakheart Cocktail Recipes

Bacardi Oakheart Cocktail Recipes

Two cocktail recipes using the newly released Bacardi Oakheart Rum. Bacardi Oakheart? Its new… according to the press release: Bacardi turns 150 this year and asRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Sep
Gentlemans Bar, Celebrity Eclipse

Gentlemans Bar, Celebrity Eclipse

A very good friend of mine mentioned, earlier this week, that they had received an invitation for a two night mini cruise on board one ofRead More

Susy Atkins Top Wine Tips Video

Susy Atkins Top Wine Tips Video

Last weekend Susy Atkins was at the Foodies Festival in Oxford, hosting a wine masterclass to a packed house in the marquee set up on site.Read More

Andrew Barrow
29 Aug

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