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The Greatest Coverage of South African Wine…

The Greatest Coverage of South African Wine…

An excellent trip to the wine lands of South Africa last March gave rise to a host of blog posts both here on Spittoon and elsewhere.Read More

I Have Zinned Day – Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel, 2007, Mendocino, California

I Have Zinned Day – Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel, 2007, Mendocino, California

Zinfandel – an absolute age since I’ve slurped on one. Hardly needing an excuse of course but this months Wine Blogging Wednesday has the mighty redRead More

Deiss : Premier Cru or Not Premier Cru

Deiss : Premier Cru or Not Premier Cru

Alsace has 51 officially designated grand cru plots, it’s only a little region but all seem to agree that 51 is a rather large number. WhicheverRead More

The Problem With Alsace Wines Is…

The Problem With Alsace Wines Is…

There is one major problem with the wines from Alsace. It is not the old issue with bottle shape – the singular reason many retailers spoutRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Aug
Two Australian Rieslings

Two Australian Rieslings

What is the big deal with Riesling? I’ve never quite understood the fixation many a journalist has with it. Not exactly a high great selling pointRead More

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

Andrew Barrow
27 Jul
Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Plunkett Fowles

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Plunkett Fowles

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

Don’t Judge A Bottle By Its Label

This ‘ere bottle of white was brought for one reason only; it wasn’t because the wine was produced in ‘region of the moment’ Sicily, nor wasRead More

Three Wines I Love & Three Wines I Don’t

Three Wines I Love & Three Wines I Don’t

It’s next to impossible to cover all the wines tasted in a blog; time being the main blockage. One of the criticisms thrown at wine blogsRead More

Alsace in Black and White

Alsace in Black and White

Two shots from the recent trip to Alsace; tasting notes etc to follow at some point. First photograph is from the Hugel tasting room in theRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Jul

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