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  • Gin Lab Experience at COLDGin Lab Experience at COLDLocating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –
  • 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
  • Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for PhotographersAnnouncing Tuscan Wine Tour for PhotographersMy three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of a
  • 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
  • Supertravel Wines for SkiingSupertravel Wines for SkiingWines for Skiing; no not strapping a couple of magnums to your feet and throwing yourself down a slope ’cause that would just be silly. But
  • 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
  • Sunday Brunch Se Sio on ArnoSunday Brunch Se Sio on ArnoWas it really over a week since I was in Florence? Thanks to those fine people at the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express,
  • 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
  • Tasca d'AlmeritaTasca d'AlmeritaBlack and White Photograph: The Winery, Vines and Vineyards of Tasca d'Almerita, Sicily taken during a 2013 tour by the Circle of Wine Writers
  • A Wine For Fish PieA Wine For Fish PieAnother wine from Les Grands Chais de France case sent my way earlier in the year (the other reviewed being Domaine Savagny Cotes du Jura Tradition).
  • Drink Things - Wine and Beer in Print and On VideoDrink Things - Wine and Beer in Print and On VideoA quickie – a round up of the latest books culled from various press releases interspersed with a couple of wine videos all wrapped up in
  • 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
  • Wine On Board The Queen Mary 2Wine On Board The Queen Mary 2Cunard – the luxury cruise liner – have celebrated their 200th Transatlantic Crossing of the luxurious Queen Mary 2. Next year also sees the Queen Mary
Concrete Tanks at Sarria

Concrete Tanks at Sarria

I think my stance on visiting stainless steel tanks is well established (although I have to admit that ‘sometimes’ they can be beneficial). At least stainlessRead More

Tuscany Excellence Montecarlo White

Tuscany Excellence Montecarlo White

So the gauntlet was thrown, the first of several as it transpired. The challenge was to create a recipe using a jar of Italian sauce andRead More

Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz

Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz

Wonder who woke up one morning and thought it would be a grand wheeze to drop a barrel brimming with Shiraz into the sea, “just toRead More

Blue Spittoons at Bodega Nekeas

Blue Spittoons at Bodega Nekeas

I once attended a wine tasting, many moons ago now, where a rather cocky taster gave us great hilarity as his, no doubt expensive, silk tieRead More

Wine Bottle in the Chapel of St Clement

Wine Bottle in the Chapel of St Clement

There were photo opportunities aplenty on the drive up to the Sarria winery in Navarra. But this was a wine trip, not a photographic one. TheRead More

Flaviar – A new way to discover premium spirits

Flaviar – A new way to discover premium spirits

Did you know that due to the tropical climate common to Rum-producing areas, Rum matures at a much faster rate than is typical for Whisky orRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 Oct
Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard

Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard

It’s about as far from an Ansel Adams as you could get; but here is an attempt at a black and white landscape scene. The locationRead More

Barrel Cellar Senorio de Otazu

Barrel Cellar Senorio de Otazu

It is an impressive building, still being constructed as far as I could tell. And certainly set up to cater for tourists. There is a smallRead More

Brockmans Gin and Ginger Squared

Brockmans Gin and Ginger Squared

Autumn… no escape, it be here! G&T’s are so summer, so get with the season and try out a new cocktail – Gin and Ginger Squared.Read More

Andrew Barrow
16 Oct
Bottle Rack, Monjardin Winery, Navarra, Spain

Bottle Rack, Monjardin Winery, Navarra, Spain

The wines from Bodegas Monjardin are not currently available in the UK. Their range is good, honest, drinkable and affordable stuff. Perhaps not the most excitingRead More

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Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

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

22
Apr

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

13
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

9
Apr

Gin Lab Experience at COLD

Locating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –Read More

6
Apr

Tons Duorum Branco

OK, 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 LiricoRead More

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Mar

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

Perhaps 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 atRead More

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