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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
Video: Turkish Wines

Video: Turkish Wines

Just discovered a whole host of fascinating videos that cover the wine scene in Turkey. This follows a big marketing push last month with a tradeRead More

Andrew Barrow
10 May
Video: Beer Tasting Masterclass

Video: Beer Tasting Masterclass

Britain has a long history of brewing traditional cask beers, using the finest, freshest ingredients and is unique to the great British pub. With more breweriesRead More

Andrew Barrow
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A Wine For This Seasons Asparagus

A Wine For This Seasons Asparagus

Really sorry Mary Berry but your Hollandaise Sauce isn’t a patch on the one served at Aubaine. Sure yours is a mass produced commercial product, andRead More

ARSE 3: The Wines

ARSE 3: The Wines

What I should have said was something along the lines of… “Many thanks everyone for coming along today. As you can see from the list inRead More

Wine Sediments – News and New Products April 2011

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Berry Brothers Wine Buyer David Berry Green seems to have taken root in Piedmont; the company is offering the chance for one lucky winner to joinRead More

ARSE 3: The People

ARSE 3: The People

I tweeted yesterday that of the 54 photographs I had taken at the Sunday ARSE3 tasting 5 were not actually taken by me, 18 were blurredRead More

Andrew Barrow
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National Wine Month 2011

National Wine Month 2011

The National Wine Month website has been launched! www.maketimeforwine.org and with its launch the start of an online study to find out more about the Nation’sRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Casa de Mouraz – A Visit and Tasting

Casa de Mouraz – A Visit and Tasting

It was the wildness of the landscape that got me. Living, as I do, in the south east corner of a little overpopulated island, its hardRead More

Quinta do Perdigão – A Visit and Tasting

Quinta do Perdigão – A Visit and Tasting

We spilled from the coach; post lunch stupor slipping away in the cold Dão air. Picking at some vines, Touriga Nacional as it transpired, was JoséRead More

Drinking Lurton’s Mas Janeil le Traou de l’Ouille 2009

Drinking Lurton’s Mas Janeil le Traou de l’Ouille 2009

Isnt it amazing that a scrap of earth with no discernable farming potential can, when a vine or two are stubbed into the unforgiving soil, produceRead More

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