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  • 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
  • Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube It seems to have escaped my attention that the people behind Daylesford Organics farm in Gloucestershire are also those who have, since 1997, owned Château Léoube
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Supertravel Wines for Skiing

Supertravel Wines for Skiing

Wines for Skiing; no not strapping a couple of magnums to your feet and throwing yourself down a slope ’cause that would just be silly. ButRead More

Glass of Wine at Trattoria La Casalinga

Glass of Wine at Trattoria La Casalinga

A carafe of the house vino, lightish, generously flavoured and slightly rustic but no less enjoyable for that. Washed down this mammoth dish of boar saucedRead More

Sunday Brunch Se Sio on Arno

Sunday Brunch Se Sio on Arno

Was 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,Read More

Black Country Metal Works Riot Wine Rack

Black Country Metal Works Riot Wine Rack

Disaster! I was waving the Dyson about like a mad thing possessed, hyped by a fab tune on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 show, and noticedRead More

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Cantina Capponi Mescite

Cantina Capponi Mescite

In Florence, between via de’ Bardi and the Santa Maria in Soprarno square there is, barely noticeable in the wall, a little doored niche. Above itRead More

Wines of South Africa Democracy Video Series

Wines of South Africa Democracy Video Series

This coming April sees South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy. Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has launched the first in a series of short videos,Read More

Glass Rack Mercato Centrale Florence

Glass Rack Mercato Centrale Florence

In a corner of the Mercato Centrale in Florence is a little bar, seemingly frequented only by gruff market traders. The glass rack at the farRead More

Martinez Cocktail Westin Excelsior Florence

Martinez Cocktail Westin Excelsior Florence

At the art deco bar of the Starwood Excelsior hotel in Florence they make a blinding Martinez Cocktail. Their cocktail menu lists just three ingredients –Read More

Bacchus Fountain

Bacchus Fountain

Tucked away near the exit of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, over-looking a rather forlorn corner of a car park, is this marvellous rendition of Bacchus.Read More

The Beer Place, Open Baladin, Rome

The Beer Place, Open Baladin, Rome

An imminent trip to Florence brings forth memories of last years trip to Rome… and the realisation that I still haven’t written up the wine barsRead More

Andrew Barrow
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