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  • 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.
  • 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.
Livery Hall Ceiling

Livery Hall Ceiling

The ceiling detail of the Livery Hall in the Vintners Hall, spiritual home of the wine trade in the UK, the Vintners’ Company, one of London’sRead More

Visiting Freixenet

Visiting Freixenet

It might just be down to me having the attention span of a gnat or maybe it was the translation from Catalan and Spanish to aRead More

Jubilee Beers

Jubilee Beers

If it is possible to wrap a Union Jack around it someone has branded it a special ‘Jubilee’ product. Good luck if you are a collectorRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 May
Messina Hof Tripytch

Messina Hof Tripytch

A rare privilege, a few weeks ago, of a chance to sample some Texan wines here in the UK. You don’t see much, if any, TexanRead More

Drink Me! How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine by Matt Walls

Drink Me! How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine by Matt Walls

Page 35 – Blagging It, about sets the tone. “Now say one of the following: If it’s a recent vintage: ‘Quite developed for a young wine.’Read More

Andrew Barrow
8 May
Goretti Wine Corks

Goretti Wine Corks

Nothing says ‘great time’ quite like a grand collection of corks; and say what you like about screw-caps but they just ain’t as photogenic! Taken duringRead More

Andrew Barrow
6 May
René Barbier, Penedes, Spain

René Barbier, Penedes, Spain

Sadly you cant, as a member of the ‘public’ visit this impressive Moet-built and Moet-soon-sold vineyard-surrounded edifice. This is the winery for the René Barbier rangeRead More

Wine Cellar at Freixenet

Wine Cellar at Freixenet

Rather pleased with this photo; so chuffed in fact that rather than keeping it for a Sunday Wine Shot slot later in the year, as originallyRead More

Freixenet – The Key To Reserva

Freixenet – The Key To Reserva

As a follow-up to a rather enjoyable trip to Barcelona and Freixenet I’ve been delving into the delights of a memory stick. One of the filesRead More

Waiting for the Bottle

Waiting for the Bottle

In the never-ending hunt for great and not too expensive places to eat in London the Angel and Crown in Soho has to be one ofRead More

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Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

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Cocktails at Scarfes

I have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails wereRead More

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Aug

Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips On Wines For Summer Pairings

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Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

Bacchus, here resplendent with bulbous red nose and bushy red beard, as painted on the side of a wine barrel. Chateau Haut Sarpe, deep in theRead More

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Petit Comptoir Francais

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The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

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