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  • Domaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionDomaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionA little box of wines was delivered the other week; inside a mix of red and white wine from across France. Also in the box a
  • Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner The world’s first ever crowd-sourced wine has launched following the success of a nationwide competition to find a new wine logo design. A housewife from Buckinghamshire,
  • Favourite Wintertime WinesFavourite Wintertime WinesA challenge – pick three wines (one red, one white and a sparkling) as your ‘Favourite Wintertime Wines’ with the stipulation that they must all retail
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Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut

Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut

Did you know that Enoki mushrooms were first cultivated in the Far East as far back as 900AD? In the wild Flammulina Velutipes is a winterRead More

A Wine For Mushroom Ravioli

A Wine For Mushroom Ravioli

A simple mid-week pasta dish and, of course, a wine to accompany. “Drinking wine on a school night” I hear you cry. “Hell yes!” says I.Read More

Wine Bits and Pieces

Wine Bits and Pieces

Like the sediment at the bottom of an unfiltered red, a mix of news bits and pieces, only much more palatable than the bottle gunk.. CallRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Oct
Discover the Origin

Discover the Origin

To me rather an odd combination of partners but the Discover the Origin promotion unites the wines of Burgundy and the Douro Valley, Parma ham andRead More

ARSE 2: The Wines

ARSE 2: The Wines

What I have to ask is what exactly DID I do during the ARSE 2 tasting/picnic? I served the wine, unveiled the hidden wines to theRead More

In pictures: Sweden’s Icebar

In pictures: Sweden’s Icebar

While the world famous ice-hotel is rebuilt every year (and not because it melts!, they save the ice blocks) the accompanying ice-bar is open all year.Read More

Andrew Barrow
19 Sep
ARSE 2: The People

ARSE 2: The People

An odd lot are bloggers. You would assume intelligent but some are disgracefully bad at even making the right railway station let alone getting on theRead More

Latest Wine Books

Latest Wine Books

Details of three new wine publications have come my way. Not actually seen them but thought passing on the details would be good… Wine Myths andRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Sep
When Wine Tastes Best 2011

When Wine Tastes Best 2011

Cracked open a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc last Friday night. Feel sure it came from Waitrose and cost about a tenner. I’ve sampled itRead More

Andrew Barrow
30 Aug
Chapters All Day Dining

Chapters All Day Dining

I’ll put it down to old age. Not the old age where you forget where you live. Nor the old age where you forget you broughtRead More

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Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

My three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of aRead More

13
Apr

Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

A rather tenuous link to wine photo for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot I’m afraid. Taken this morning, at dawn, a photo of Wallingford bridge asRead More

9
Apr

Gin Lab Experience at COLD

Locating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –Read More

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Apr

Tons Duorum Branco

OK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca LiricoRead More

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Mar

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

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Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

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