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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
With the WineSleuth In Burgenland

With the WineSleuth In Burgenland

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

Vines and Wines at Weingut Sommer, Austria

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
7 Nov
The EWBC Back Of The Bus Crew

The EWBC Back Of The Bus Crew

You can meet the most wonderful people at the back of a bus. Being on the ‘right’ bus of course helps, the final night bus toRead More

Four Hours And Some Beer In Munich

Four Hours And Some Beer In Munich

Not been to Munich before so the anticipation of exploring somewhere new, even if for just a few hours, was immense. A flight to the airport,Read More

European Wine Bloggers Conference, Vienna

European Wine Bloggers Conference, Vienna

It is European Wine Blogging Conference time once again; off to Vienna to join a motly collection of the great and the good from the wineRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Oct
Bar Battu, Gresham Street, London

Bar Battu, Gresham Street, London

I’m oft asked for recommendations for places to go from wine-loving visitors heading to London. There is Terroirs of course, a skip from Trafalgar Square (withRead More

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

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27
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24
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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

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The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

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