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  • Charles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. We
  • 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
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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
  • 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,
Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine by Simon Hoggart

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine by Simon Hoggart

Douglas dismissed this new book with little more than a sniff and a nod and a muttering of ‘tasting notes’ after barely a flick through aRead More

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Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Plunkett Fowles

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I’m hoping Naked Wines is expecting further stocks; seldom do Australian wines get the excitement levels rising as these have. Currently three wines from the BlackwoodRead More

Don’t Judge A Bottle By Its Label

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Three Wines I Love & Three Wines I Don’t

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Alsace in Black and White

Alsace in Black and White

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Griffith Park Sparkling Wines

Griffith Park Sparkling Wines

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Bibendum Sale – Six Wines Tasted

Bibendum Sale – Six Wines Tasted

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A Selection of Wines from Domaine Paul Zinck, Alsace

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First halt in a four day Alsace wine tour, a delightful restaurant Au Vieux Porche in the village of Eguisheim. Seeing as the restaurant manager isRead More

The World’s Oldest Wine Barrel

The World’s Oldest Wine Barrel

One of the most recognisable names and also one of the oldest wine families in Alsace is Hugel. Under the winery, improbably positioned in the heartRead More

Artisan & Vine : London’s Best Wine Bar

Artisan & Vine : London’s Best Wine Bar

You can’t fault her passion, her drive or her enthusiasm. Kathryn, manager of Artisan & Vine, has also a rather good palate – the wine listRead More

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