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  • 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
  • Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube It seems to have escaped my attention that the people behind Daylesford Organics farm in Gloucestershire are also those who have, since 1997, owned Château Léoube
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

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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

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Under Wraps – Champagne Bottles

Under Wraps – Champagne Bottles

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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
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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
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