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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
Orovela Cuvée Chandrebi, 2007, Georgia

Orovela Cuvée Chandrebi, 2007, Georgia

This match really didn’t work and I’m not too sure why. Pairing this Georgian white with a Mediterranean Haloumi Salad – onions, tomato, olives, grilled redRead More

WebChat: Land of the Riesling Sun

WebChat: Land of the Riesling Sun

From sushi to spring rolls, Thai curry to tandoori, Masala to special fried rice, Asian cuisine has fully established itself as a favourite in the UK.Read More

Mumm Champagne Photography Competition

Mumm Champagne Photography Competition

Mumm champagne has launched an online photography competition. Since 2008, the champagne house has organised a series of gastronomic dinners to “celebrate the beauty of theRead More

Bob Bob Ricard – Its Quite Nice

Bob Bob Ricard – Its Quite Nice

That evening found me knocking back shots of ultra-fine and ultra-expensive vodka with a Russian oligarch. The conversation revolved around the purchase of luxury yachts, womenRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Jun
Diemersfontein Pinotage 2009

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2009

Now liver is one of those dividing dishes – you either love it or can’t abide the stuff. Me? I’m firmly in the lover category. OneRead More

A Really Secret Tasting

A Really Secret Tasting

Some may say that the acronym was distasteful. Some may even go as far to say it was silly, irreverent and juvenile, and me even sillierRead More

Tasting a Falanghina at the London International Wine Fair

Tasting a Falanghina at the London International Wine Fair

As is so often the way in my chaotic life I ordered a bunch of Italian wines, duly sampled and wrote the tasting notes, lost theRead More

Bibendum’s World Cup Of Wine

Bibendum’s World Cup Of Wine

Football totally passes me by. Like sport in general simply no interest. But even I couldn’t miss that there is something rather largish about to happenRead More

Wine For Curry 2 : Lamb Chaaps and Spanish Rose

Wine For Curry 2 : Lamb Chaaps and Spanish Rose

A further play with matching an Indian dish with wine. These are lamb chaaps, lamb marinaded in various spices and yoghurt and then barbecued or inRead More

A Wine For Curry 1 : Murgh Masala and Viognier

A Wine For Curry 1 : Murgh Masala and Viognier

I’ve never understood the ‘lads night out’ curry thing. The hottest, mouth-numbing, curry they can stomach and copious jugs of lager. I want to taste myRead More

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28
Jul

Petit Comptoir Francais

I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact thatRead More

27
Jul

The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

You can drink – or rather sip, seeing the prices – some of the most luxurious of wines in Max Bordeaux. They had Chateau Haut-Brion 2007Read More

24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

20
Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A 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 LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

18
Jul

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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 hadRead More

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