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  • Tons Duorum BrancoTons Duorum BrancoOK, 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 Lirico
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Cordon Rouge and Patrick Jouin

Cordon Rouge and Patrick Jouin

Tastes change as you age. I’ve long held a dislike of mushy peas, parsnips and champagne for example. Bubbles in drinks leads to an expectation ofRead More

Andrew Barrow
28 Mar
Speed Tasting Sonoma

Speed Tasting Sonoma

It was all a bit mad really. Four wine makers, a duo of wines opened in front of them and us given just ten minutes toRead More

The Public House, Islington

The Public House, Islington

So what would you think if a guy you’ve never met before serves you a glorious cocktail on a coaster bedecked with impressively endowered Greeks doingRead More

Andrew Barrow
21 Mar
Slow Roasted Lamb with Cockburn’s Late Bottled Port

Slow Roasted Lamb with Cockburn’s Late Bottled Port

One of the oddest pairings I’ve sampled recently – roast lamb and late bottled port. The lamb was cooked at a very low temperature for neigh-onRead More

On Sauvingon Blanc and Villa Maria’s Cellar Selection Sauvignon

On Sauvingon Blanc and Villa Maria’s Cellar Selection Sauvignon

There is an issue with Sauvignon Blanc. When it’s cheap, it’s nasty, rough, acidic and one dimensional. Even modest examples can lack complexity and a layeringRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Mar
Olly Smith’s Drink Tank

Olly Smith’s Drink Tank

Channelflip Media, a London-based production company specialising in making three minute video shorties has released a “a light-hearted, funny wine show, called Olly Smith’s Drink Tank”;Read More

Andrew Barrow
10 Mar
La Cuisine for the Wine Savvy

La Cuisine for the Wine Savvy

La Cuisine For the Wine Savvy: A Guest Post by Douglas Blyde: With 25 to his name, the world’s most Michelin starred chef, Joël Robuchon announcedRead More

Liefmans Fruit Beer

Liefmans Fruit Beer

A rich chocolate dessert is required. What I should have done is pick up a selection of top quality chocolate from the deli, plucked a halfRead More

Andrew Barrow
28 Feb
BrewDog’s Sink the Bismark!

BrewDog’s Sink the Bismark!

A certain amount of controversy follows in the wake of the BrewDog brewery; not least this video advert for their latest high-alcohol offering. Offended? Racist? PersonallyRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 Feb
The Best of the Loire: Le Concours des Ligers

The Best of the Loire: Le Concours des Ligers

The 24th Loire Valley Wine Trade Fair/Salon des Vins de Loire ran over three days (1st – 3rd February 2010) last week. In addition to theRead 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

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Riedel Horn Decanter Performance

Would certainly add an interesting finale after the contents have been drained – I’m thinking of those late night hotel ‘tasting’ sessions at the DWCC forRead More

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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

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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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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

Perhaps a slightly over-ambitious claim but this info-thang does give some pointers to pairing wine and chocolate. It was drawn up by those lovely people atRead More

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