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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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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European Wine Travel Guides Now Free To View

European Wine Travel Guides Now Free To View

News received during the weekends Wine Bloggers Conference in Lisbon – the Wine Travel Guides website has made its wealth of content free to view! Previously,Read More

Andrew Barrow
4 Nov
Hardys Nottage Hill FreshCase

Hardys Nottage Hill FreshCase

Regardless of what you think of the actual wine – Nottage Hill being one of the top selling brands in the UK and as such isRead More

For Those Who Don’t Tweet – Notes from the South African Mega Tasting

For Those Who Don’t Tweet – Notes from the South African Mega Tasting

For those who don’t follow Spittoon on Twitter (via wine_scribbler) a recap on the twitter tasting notes sent during the South African Wine Mega Tasting. HeldRead More

Khulu Sky – A New South African Wine Range

Khulu Sky – A New South African Wine Range

If I have one criticism of this new range of wines is their size – I was so convinced they were 50cl bottles that I wastedRead More

Eight Portuguese Wines – A Snapshot of Portugal

Eight Portuguese Wines – A Snapshot of Portugal

The end of the month sees the wine-blogospheres attention focusing on the Lisbon Wine Bloggers Conference; it’s one of those countries I’ve long hankered to visit.Read More

Tio Pepe and Tapas at Iberica, Great Portland Street, London

Tio Pepe and Tapas at Iberica, Great Portland Street, London

A little odd perhaps to open a report, especially on a wine blog, of a dessert but this rice pudding was, to coin a phrase, historic.Read More

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

As part of their tie-up with Jamie Oliver internet retailer Naked Wines are offering a mixed case of wines (either six individual bottles or a doubleRead More

The Wine Society – Brief Notes from a Tasting

The Wine Society – Brief Notes from a Tasting

As Heather said as she strolled off to John Lewis to return a broken-handled colander; its all very middle class. With the rows of red BurgundyRead More

‘A Meal Without Wine Is Like A Day Without Sunshine’

‘A Meal Without Wine Is Like A Day Without Sunshine’

‘A Meal Without Wine Is Like A Day Without Sunshine’ – a phrase first written by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a 19th Century French gastronome who alsoRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Sep
Wines of Virtue – Environmentally Friendly Vino

Wines of Virtue – Environmentally Friendly Vino

Does it really matter that a wine is bottled at the vineyard? Would it not be a huge environmental statement by the wine industry if allRead More

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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

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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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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

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