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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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South African Wine : Brief Notes From a Naked Wines Tasting

South African Wine : Brief Notes From a Naked Wines Tasting

A buzzie little tasting at One Alfred Place, London saw Naked Wines open a range of South African wines, some new, some expanding the showing ofRead More

Beyerskloof Video Tasting

Beyerskloof Video Tasting

Following on from the Beyerskloof tasting notes yesterday, a little video on the Beyerskloof Field Blend. Taken at this years London International Wine Fair the vidRead More

Brief Notes from a Visit – Beyerskloof

Brief Notes from a Visit – Beyerskloof

If you need to know anything about Pinotage the man to talk to is Beyers Truter (if you can’t find Peter May, of course). Beyers hasRead More

New Australian Wines At Naked Wines

New Australian Wines At Naked Wines

While I was gallivanting around the wine-lands of South Africa those fine folk at Naked Wines organised an innovative little event – a tasting/auction to determineRead More

PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine by Peter May

PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine by Peter May

A press release from my good friend Peter May on his new book PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine. Pinotage is South Africa’sRead More

English Wine Week : Tasting Five English Wines with Cheese

English Wine Week : Tasting Five English Wines with Cheese

The local deli did me proud. Salvador’s of Wallingford sourced three stunningly delicious cheeses just for this English Wine Week bloggers meet-up. Each was perfectly ripeRead More

English Wine Week : A Tour and Tasting at Brightwell Vineyard

English Wine Week : A Tour and Tasting at Brightwell Vineyard

Brightwell Vineyard is a quintessentially English vineyard overlooking the Thames in South Oxfordshire; family owned and run the estate is small (14 acres) and still inRead More

Bisol Prosecco and Cichetti (canapés)

Bisol Prosecco and Cichetti (canapés)

The only thing I really wanted after a full days tasting at the London International Wine Fair was some food; the invite to a Bisol andRead More

Wine and Charcuterie Matching – Brief Notes from a Tasting

Wine and Charcuterie Matching – Brief Notes from a Tasting

All it needed was our ‘lecturer’ to lob a stick of chalk at my head and I’d be right back at school. I ended up, asRead More

Prosecco – Two New Versions (Brown Brothers and Bisol)

Prosecco – Two New Versions (Brown Brothers and Bisol)

We all know Brown Brothers as Australian pioneers of the unusual grape variety – amongst the usual shelves of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet you’ll find moreRead More

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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

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