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  • 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,
  • 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
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
Spot Lights in the Freixenet Cellars

Spot Lights in the Freixenet Cellars

I rather like the contrast between the bright and new, ultra-modern spotlights and the rough-hewn, cellar ceiling still in place after hundreds of years of use.Read More

Wine Odyssey Australia

Wine Odyssey Australia

The Wine Odyssey Australia or the place I first sampled Grange… There was more than a touch of the decadent, of a burlesque establishment, especially inRead More

Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips on Pefect Wine and Food Pairings

Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips on Pefect Wine and Food Pairings

Charles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this weekend. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. CharlesRead More

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28
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Petit Comptoir Francais

I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact thatRead More

27
Jul

The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

You can drink – or rather sip, seeing the prices – some of the most luxurious of wines in Max Bordeaux. They had Chateau Haut-Brion 2007Read More

24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

20
Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A 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 LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

18
Jul

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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 hadRead More

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