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  • 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.
  • 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
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

See Saw S&M, 2009, Hunter/Barossa Valley

See Saw S&M, 2009, Hunter/Barossa Valley

In my hands I have a bottle of red, specifically See Saw Shiraz-Mourvèdre 2009 [Adegga / Snooth]. The back label tells me little, the Shiraz componentRead More

The Wines of Julia Kemper, Dao, Portugal

The Wines of Julia Kemper, Dao, Portugal

Take a mix of native Portuguese grapes – all replanted only a few years ago on Júlia de Melo Kemper’s inherited estate – add some state-of-the-artRead More

Sampling Vinho Verde in Mesa Restaurante, Porto

Sampling Vinho Verde in Mesa Restaurante, Porto

A touch tricky to match a dessert dish to a Vinho Verde wine. Next best, seeing as they don’t ‘do’ sweet wines would be a sparkler,Read More

Oz Clarke’s Hottest Wine Trends Of 2011

Oz Clarke’s Hottest Wine Trends Of 2011

“Chardonnay or Sauvignon? Rioja or Beaujolais? Whether you’re shopping for a dinner party, or just picking up a bottle for you and your partner, knowing whichRead More

Three Terribly Obscure Wines from Spain

Three Terribly Obscure Wines from Spain

I had to reach for the Wine Opus to find Manchuela on the map. It’s in Spain, obviously, and lies to the north of the cityRead More

Wine Sediments – News and New Products February 2011

Wine Sediments – News and New Products February 2011

Three interesting snippets of news extracted from this weeks deluge of press releases: Natural Wine Fair – a bit of advanced notice for the UK’s firstRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Feb
Every Wine Tells a Story by Tara Devon O’Leary

Every Wine Tells a Story by Tara Devon O’Leary

A dip into the lives, the wine loves with an associated anecdote from a host of internet wine names. That I think just about sums upRead More

Andrew Barrow
8 Feb
Video: Bernard Hickin Australian Winemaker

Video: Bernard Hickin Australian Winemaker

So just who is Bernard Hickin? ONLY the Chief Winemaker at Jacobs Creek – perhaps the most famous Australian wine brand in the UK. In thisRead More

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28
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Petit Comptoir Francais

I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact thatRead More

27
Jul

The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

You can drink – or rather sip, seeing the prices – some of the most luxurious of wines in Max Bordeaux. They had Chateau Haut-Brion 2007Read More

24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

20
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

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