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  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Vineyard GazeboVineyard GazeboThe following morning, as I staggered bleary-eyed through the hotel tour, the manager with hand around my shoulders inquired how I had managed to get out
  • Johnnie And Ginger Be BoldJohnnie And Ginger Be BoldA big, bold whisky such as Johnnie Walker Red Label demands a mixer to match. So began the instructions for this fun little experiment. A kit,
  • London Wine Week 2014 EventsLondon Wine Week 2014 EventsA whole host of events is scheduled for London Wine Week (2nd – 8th June 2014). Plenty of opportunities for sampling at various bars and restaurants
  • Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube It seems to have escaped my attention that the people behind Daylesford Organics farm in Gloucestershire are also those who have, since 1997, owned Château Léoube
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Apples and Vines – Hush Heath Vineyard

Apples and Vines – Hush Heath Vineyard

They chose to make a pink sparkling wine simply “because it makes me smile”. With a marketing head on they – that’s Richard Balfour-Lynn and hisRead More

Food and Wine Matching Videos

Food and Wine Matching Videos

Wanna giggle at various MW’s looking rather uncomfortable in front of a camera while eating and drinking? It’s a nice little video extoling the virtues ofRead More

Naked Wines Argentinean Rising Star

Naked Wines Argentinean Rising Star

It’s a non-painful affliction, apart from a certain embarrassment, but I am sure I wasn’t the only one suffering from Malbec finger last week. The conditionRead More

Vilarnau Rosé Cava

Vilarnau Rosé Cava

Bubbles make a party. But to be honest, this is not the world’s most impressive sparkling rosé. It’s fine. Absolutely nothing wrong with it at all.Read More

Viñas del Vero Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon Rosado

Viñas del Vero Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon Rosado

I can’t keep up. For three weeks I’ve had today marked in the Outlook calendar as Tempranillo Day, for some bright spark has designated today asRead More

Zampa Syrah 2008, Nashik Valley, India

Zampa Syrah 2008, Nashik Valley, India

Waitrose have released a batch of small wine parcels as part of a World of Wine Showcase. The parcels, spread out across the estate so notRead More

Oscar’s Red

Oscar’s Red

Parcel Force dropped my latest Naked Wines order by the door of number 27, my ‘across the hall’ neighbours. One box was successfully lifted into No.29Read More

Wine Sediments – bits and stuff August 2011

Wine Sediments – bits and stuff August 2011

A new Italian retailer has just launched, Design Wine, with the aim of offering British consumers relatively unknown Italian producers. “Currently, over 60% of the winesRead More

Parducci Deep Roots

Parducci Deep Roots

They’ve won an award you know; one celebrating their status as the “Greenest Winery in the US”. Dunno who decided this or who handed over theRead More

Bornos Verdejo, 2010, Rueda, Spain

Bornos Verdejo, 2010, Rueda, Spain

There use to be a tapas bar in my little country town; it didn’t last. While the food was great and the prices ok there wasRead More

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For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

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