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  • 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.
Essencia Do Vinho, Portugal

Essencia Do Vinho, Portugal

I was lucky to be invited to the annual Essencia do Vinho tasting in Portugal earlier this year. This is a photograph of the main tastingRead More

Tramin Winery, Alto Adige, Italy

Tramin Winery, Alto Adige, Italy

It’s a rather dramatic building; vibrantly painted struts form abstract shapes with the windows reflecting the forested mountains behind. The Tramin winery nestled under these cragsRead More

In the Kante Cellar

In the Kante Cellar

Deep in the cellars of the Fruili based winery Kante. In the picture is Goran Kante, the winemaker of this excellent Italian estate. This image formsRead More

Maynard’s Port

Maynard’s Port

Port – it’s a winter thing aint it? Like many I’ve sipped on white port cocktails in the spring and drunk chilled, fruity, LBV’s through aRead More

Andrew Barrow
6 Dec
Door Window, Durnstein, Wachau

Door Window, Durnstein, Wachau

Sunday Wine Shot 005 A lovely old wooden door, just to a house, on the side of the road in picturesque Durnstein, deep in the WachauRead More

Big Bottles: Wine Bottle Sizes

Big Bottles: Wine Bottle Sizes

A guide to wine bottle sizes. What are the different capacities and names of wine bottles. Capacity (litres) Bottle Equivalents Bordeaux Name Champagne Name 0.1875 -Read More

Andrew Barrow
3 Dec
Domaine Seguela Les Candalieres 2007

Domaine Seguela Les Candalieres 2007

Over all the months and years of my wine drinking and critiquing I might just have narrowed down my favourite style of red. Don’t misunderstand thoughRead More

Vineyard Flowers, Vina Pomal, Spain

Vineyard Flowers, Vina Pomal, Spain

Sunday Wine Shot 004 A simple flower arrangement in the ‘hut’ located in the Vina Pomal vineyards, Rioja, Spain. Brings back memories of a fabulous lunchRead More

Mas Amiel 2008 Vin Doux Natural

Mas Amiel 2008 Vin Doux Natural

What do I know about Maury? Well, it’s a Vin Doux Natural – meaning it’s a sweet wine where the fermentation is halted leaving a littleRead More

1000 Great Wines That Won’t Cost a Fortune

1000 Great Wines That Won’t Cost a Fortune

1000 Great Wines That Won’t Cost a Fortune From the World’s Best Wineries Such a world encompassing work has called on some of the top writers;Read More

Andrew Barrow
22 Nov

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