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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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Harrods – Wines and Tastings

Harrods – Wines and Tastings

You know you pay a premium. Each of London’s top department stores have excellent wine departments where the ambiance, the quality and the expertise warrant spendingRead More

Be A FindWine Wine Critic!

Be A FindWine Wine Critic!

“Innovative online wine retailer FindWine has announced it’s latest consumer competition – the search for its very own wine reviewer and critic. Consumers will have theRead More

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Wine Sediments – News & New Products

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Four interesting snippets of news extracted from this weeks deluge of press releases: Georgian Wine Society Launches Adopt A Vine: The Society has partnered with TelaviRead More

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Sometimes things just don’t work out; events appear to be simply working against you. So it was with the plan to attend a grand taste-off betweenRead More

With the WineSleuth In Burgenland

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Our trip via Munich to the Euro Wine Blogging Conference in Vienna wasn’t all about drinking and eating! Sleuthy and I indulged in some pretty seriousRead More

Vines and Wines at Weingut Sommer, Austria

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A grand sweep of vineyards down to the valley floor and the thin blue line of the Neusiedler See. Marvelling at the view is Brett Jones,Read More

The Danube and Domaine Wachau

The Danube and Domaine Wachau

Quite atmospheric is the Danube when the tops of the overlooking vineyard terraces are smothered in fog. Even the growl of the boats engines couldn’t dampenRead More

Andrew Barrow
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