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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
On the Celebrity Eclipse: The Cellar Masters Lounge

On the Celebrity Eclipse: The Cellar Masters Lounge

I fell asleep during the opening scenes of Terry Gilliam’s Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus just as someone I vaguely recognised trunded off on a horse drawnRead More

Andrew Barrow
4 May
On the Celebrity Eclipse: QSine by JVS

On the Celebrity Eclipse: QSine by JVS

For a few brief moments I played with an Apple Ipad. Rare as hen’s teeth in the UK is the Ipad. Aside from the computer-geek thrillRead More

Andrew Barrow
2 May
The Definitive List of UK Wine Bloggers

The Definitive List of UK Wine Bloggers

The definitive list of UK wine bloggers – no ratings, rankings or popularity scores, just a simple list of those who blog predominately about wine inRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Apr
Three Wines from A A Badenhorst

Three Wines from A A Badenhorst

“Here he goes again – banging on about how grape blends are soooo much more interesting than single varietals… he’ll be raving over some South AfricanRead More

Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

It’s an ambitious series of linked events; live public tasting at Lord’s Cricket Ground, others at Waitrose Canary Wharf and the food hall at John LewisRead More

Food & Wine Matching Notes from Naked Wines Latest Jamie Oliver Case

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Arriving at the tail end of last week the second mixed case of wines from Naked Wines forming a regular mailing under a Jamie Oliver SeasonalRead More

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
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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

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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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