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  • 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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  • 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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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

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When Wine Tastes Best 2011

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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

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Chapters All Day Dining

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Youtube Drink Advert Videos

Youtube Drink Advert Videos

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A Meal at the Montagu Arms, Beaulieu

A Meal at the Montagu Arms, Beaulieu

Cedric the Belgian’s wine choice for the main course was a claret – Château Lassegue Grand Cru 2000 St Emilion £64, and there was me continuingRead More

Conan the Barbera

Conan the Barbera

Some may feel the name is little more than cheesy. Others take a different track- a touch of much welcomed humour in the swirl of pomposityRead More

Bisol’s Prosecco Range

Bisol’s Prosecco Range

To conclude the Venice trip a quick over-view of the Bisol wines currently available in the UK. Head to Bibendum to purchase or look out forRead More

Mas d’Intras Cuvée d’Alphonse 2007 Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche

Mas d’Intras Cuvée d’Alphonse 2007 Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche

To be honest a dish comprising goats cheese and baked apple would lead one to select a white wine – a South African Chenin Blanc, aRead More

The Wine Opus

The Wine Opus

A Press Release highlighting a new wine book: The Wine Opus. A mighty selecion of wine writers have contributed to the book including Sarah Ahmed onRead More

Andrew Barrow
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