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  • 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
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  • 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.
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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
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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
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Wine Blog Awards 2012

Wine Blog Awards 2012

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Andrew Barrow
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Spot Lights in the Freixenet Cellars

Spot Lights in the Freixenet Cellars

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Wine Odyssey Australia

Wine Odyssey Australia

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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

Tasting Wine at Oddbins

Tasting Wine at Oddbins

Many a happy hour was spent in the Oddbins flagship store deciding on the contents of the Oddbins Wine Bloggers Case; here four photographs taken duringRead More

Oddbins Bloggers Case

Oddbins Bloggers Case

How would you react given free-run in a wine shop? Able to sample anything and everything on the shelves (with a price limit admittedly) to compareRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Naked Wines Australia

Naked Wines Australia

Following the launch of an office and retail internet site in California, Naked Wines have opened an office in Australia. As is their want they sentRead More

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