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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.
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

Cava Cocktails at The Martini Bar

Cava Cocktails at The Martini Bar

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Chapel Down & World Malbec Day

Chapel Down & World Malbec Day

Today is World Malbec Day; who decides these things? Wasn’t it World Chardonnay Day a few weeks or so back? Wasn’t there a push for aRead More

Opening the Bottle

Opening the Bottle

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Visiting Arnaldo Caprai, Italy

Visiting Arnaldo Caprai, Italy

Not long before lunch but the winter sun has barely made an impression; it is low in the sky its weak rays glinting off the vineyardsRead More

The Wine List

The Wine List

In retrospect perhaps overly ambitious; a thousand word article accompanied by a whole host of photographs. The editor bounced back the invoice “14 photographs too many;Read More

Caliterra Tributo

Caliterra Tributo

So… these here wines have received ‘sustainability’ certification; one of the first Chilean wineries to be so awarded. Forget your ‘natural’ wines or your biodynamic principlesRead More

Andrew Barrow
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