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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
Codorníu Cathedral of Cava

Codorníu Cathedral of Cava

OK, so which plonker left his copious, in-depth, beautifully crafted Codorníu Cava tasting notes in a certain Barcelona hotel room? That’ll be me then. What thisRead More

Video: View Across Priorat

Video: View Across Priorat

A little, terribly amateur video, taken from Montsant over-looking the wine region of Priorat. Talking is Sarah Jane Evans MW and Ricard Rofes head wine makerRead More

Scaling Scala Dei

Scaling Scala Dei

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Beer At Bloom 2011

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A very nice man poured a ‘sampler’ of his Coffee and Oatmeal Stout. A lovely young lady did likewise with a O’hara’s Smoked Ale No.1, whileRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Matching Chapel Down Wines With Asparagus

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The White Swan, Fetter Lane, London, not exactly my local but when invited by Cooksister for a Friday night out complete with English bubbly and food,Read More

Second Annual #Chardonnay Day & Wine Century Club

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Heard of Chardonnay Day? Well yer have now! Its today, well the second outing is at any rate. Welcome to the second annual #Chardonnay day. WithRead More

In Pictures: More From ARSE4

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The full list of the ‘official wines’ those speed tasted on the three tables is up on Adegga… Each producer was showcasing one wine and hadRead More

In Pictures: ARSE4 The People

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They came like bees to the proverbial pot of locally sourced honey – a selection of the UK’s top wine, food and drink bloggers headed toRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Sediments – News and New Products May 2011

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A round-up of the latest news and new products. Moët Ice Impérial The biggest buzz this week is the launch of a new Moet champagne; oneRead 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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