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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.
Stainless Steel Tanks

Stainless Steel Tanks

It is one of my bug-bears; when visiting a winery for a tour they invariably love to show off their stainless steel tanks. Frankly once you’veRead More

Visiting Lungarotti Winery, Italy

Visiting Lungarotti Winery, Italy

This year, 2012, sees the Umbrian producer Lungarotti celebrate two anniversaries. It has been 50 years since the renovation of the winery and vineyards and 50Read More

Italian Vineyard

Italian Vineyard

While the wine we sampled at the Castello della Sala winery, a little way outside Orvieto, wasn’t up to much the view certianly was. By peeringRead More

LAN Wines and Tapas

LAN Wines and Tapas

“Have we met?”, the lady to my left said quizzically, “You look very familiar”. My stock answer is rather flippant “I just have one of thoseRead More

The Office, Barberani

The Office, Barberani

For todays Sunday Wine Shot a glamours scene of the ‘office’ or at least the packing/dispatch area at the Barberani Winery in Umbria, Italy. A visitRead More

Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Not sure I quite understand the significance of the coffee pot that Bertus Fourie is shown pouring his wine from on page 312; but it hasRead More

Wine Jug, Orvieto, Italy

Wine Jug, Orvieto, Italy

Orvieto is a tourist destination, not just because of its association with wine, but for the miles of caves that run under the gruund and theRead More

Chapel Down Nectar Late Harvest

Chapel Down Nectar Late Harvest

I’m on an Italian bent (Oi! Stop it…) at the mo. Last October’s EWBC in Brescia and trips out to Fruili and Alto Adige followed byRead More

Wine Tasting In Italy

Wine Tasting In Italy

Hard to select just one image for this weeks Sunday Snapshot. The set of eight images covering people holding wine glasses, taken during the 2012 InternationalRead More

In Photos – A Tasting at Mustilli Winery

In Photos – A Tasting at Mustilli Winery

I’ve been in Italy, vineyard hopping, snow permitting, from Umbria down to Campania and Naples. Not just me, I should add, but a party of fabulousRead 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

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Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

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Petit Comptoir Francais

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