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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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  • The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and ChocolateThe Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and ChocolatePerhaps 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 at
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  • Glass of Wine at Trattoria La CasalingaGlass of Wine at Trattoria La CasalingaA carafe of the house vino, lightish, generously flavoured and slightly rustic but no less enjoyable for that. Washed down this mammoth dish of boar sauced
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  • Black Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackBlack Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackDisaster! I was waving the Dyson about like a mad thing possessed, hyped by a fab tune on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 show, and noticed
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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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Pizza Express Leggara Wines

Pizza Express Leggara Wines

Four Reds from the South of France

Four Reds from the South of France

What is it with Grenache/Carignan/Syrah blends? Those deep savoury edged, black fruit wonders that make my heart quiver. And why is those from the South ofRead More

A Wine For Macaroni and Cheese

A Wine For Macaroni and Cheese

My Macaroni and Cheese recipe calls for cooked pasta, doused in cheese sauce, topped with a mix of fried pancetta cubes, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and parsley, thenRead More

UK Vineyards Guide 2010

UK Vineyards Guide 2010

Stephen Skelton MW has just released his latest, definitive and comprehensive guide to the industry: UK VINEYARDS GUIDE 2010, which is packed with detailed information andRead More

Bill Bailey – Alcohol Its No Joke

Bill Bailey – Alcohol Its No Joke

Bill Bailey is one of my favourite comedians – his stand-ups, his role in Black Books, his piano endeavours never fail to make me laugh. ThisRead More

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John Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2010

John Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2010

Just how much information can one guide squeeze onto its pages? The seminal guide to South African Wines – John Platter’s South African Wine 2010 –Read More

The Journey’s End Range from South Africa

The Journey’s End Range from South Africa

“Journey’s End Estate is a stunning boutique winery and vineyard located in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. In 1995 the Gabb family (originally from ShropshireRead More

Oz Clarke 250 Best Wines 2010

Oz Clarke 250 Best Wines 2010

Oz Clarke has to be the most recognisable ‘face’ of wine in the UK. God knows how long ago he first stepped into the limelight alongsideRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Food and Wine Matching at Restaurante Vínico Galeria do Esporão

Food and Wine Matching at Restaurante Vínico Galeria do Esporão

You would expect a vineyard based restaurant to provide a selection of superlative food matched perfectly with the estates wines. The Esporão Estate in Portugal doesn’tRead More

Portugal in Pictures: Stainless Steel Tanks

Portugal in Pictures: Stainless Steel Tanks

I’ve rubbed them in Alsace, stroked them in South Africa, walked passed them in Bordeaux and enjoyed a large wine tasting surrounded by some Dalek-like versionsRead More

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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

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Tons Duorum Branco

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