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  • 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.
  • 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
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

Vina Pomol, Rioja, Spain

Vina Pomol, Rioja, Spain

It’s an iconic little shack, seen a million times in wine magazines and publicity shots, emblazoned with the winery’s name. Shack is doing it an injustice.Read More

Shake the Base – Cocktails at the Waldorf Astoria Syon Park

Shake the Base – Cocktails at the Waldorf Astoria Syon Park

Fourteen Fucking Quid for a cocktail?! Sorry for the swearing; I generally dislike such language in blog posts (sorry Old Parn) but on this occasion IRead More

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Morrisons Australian Verdehlo Chardonnay, 2010

Morrisons Australian Verdehlo Chardonnay, 2010

Five Days/Five Wines: Monday 18th July ‘Left-overs’; always has a depressing ring about it. But since childhood Mondays has always been left-over day. Time has notRead More

Domaine Roux Pere et Fils Meursault Vieilles Vignes, 2009, Burgundy, France

Domaine Roux Pere et Fils Meursault Vieilles Vignes, 2009, Burgundy, France

Five Days/Five Wines: Sunday 9th July In the great scheme of things Waitrose being out of stock of fresh Tarragon is just a minor, trivial, insignificant,Read More

Freixenet Cordon Oro Semi Seco NV

Freixenet Cordon Oro Semi Seco NV

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Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2010

Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2010

Five Days/Five Wines: Friday 8th July All I can manage this evening is a Bingham’s Ready Meal. It’s been a heck of a week, a hellRead More

Ceretto Blange Arneis 2010, Piedmont, Italy

Ceretto Blange Arneis 2010, Piedmont, Italy

Five Days/Five Wines: Thursday 7th July Lightly fried pancetta, warmed through petit pois, a few spoonful’s of Rodda’s Crème Fraîche turned through a plate of pastaRead More

Visiting Raimat

Visiting Raimat

You couldn’t get more of a contrast. The previous day there were scrubby little patches of vines, precariously eking out an existence on the hills aboveRead More

South African Wine at LIWF

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A guest post from pal Jeanne Horak-Druiff aka famed London-based South African blogger/writer/photographer CookSister offering a unique angle to the UK’s major wine trade event theRead More

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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

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Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A 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 LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

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

18
Jul

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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 hadRead More

17
Jul

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

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14
Jul

Cité des civilisations du vin

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