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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
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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

Andrew Barrow
12 Jan
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

Bibendum Times: a wine community that is completely different

Bibendum Times: a wine community that is completely different

Outside of the travel-based features I try and provide mixed range of wines from a varied rage of companies; Waitrose features quite regularly as that isRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Book Review: Robert Parker’s Great Value Wines

Book Review: Robert Parker’s Great Value Wines

Right, here is what you get – a thick little hard-backed book of 500 odd pages. Each of the 13 wine producing country chapters is simplyRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Quinta do Mouro, Alentejo, Portugal

Quinta do Mouro, Alentejo, Portugal

I have a confession to make. An apology too. The European Wine Bloggers excursion into the Alentejo was an excellent experience. The first stop was atRead More

Wine and Food Matching – Notes from a Fells Tasting

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Given the synergy between wine and food it is somewhat surprising that of the dozens of trade tastings only one or two lay on food specificallyRead More

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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

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