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  • Moustachioed Wine ManMoustachioed Wine ManSomewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the
  • A Wine For Your BurgerA Wine For Your BurgerToday is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy and
  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonWinery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonA photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a
  • 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.
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
Oz Clarke My Top Wines for 2013

Oz Clarke My Top Wines for 2013

It is mid-October and far, far too early to be thinking of Christmas. But the publishing world is already releasing the annual wine guides. One ofRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Glass of Port

Glass of Port

The set-up might be familiar – a small glass of something deep red sitting upon a book with a scattering of almonds. This photo was takenRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Naked Wines Argentina Tasting

Naked Wines Argentina Tasting

An interesting idea – get a bunch of your best customers down to a tasting to root out their favourite wine; then list it. The tastingsRead More

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
24 Sep
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

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