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  • Cocktails at ScarfesCocktails at ScarfesI have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails were
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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.
Arabella Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Robertson, South Africa

Arabella Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Robertson, South Africa

On a whim I played with the Naked Wine Auctions over the weekend. Admittedly I did have a coupon for a discount off the final auctionRead More

Photographs from Boschendal

Photographs from Boschendal

Highly unusual to be allowed anywhere near a winery during the harvest; most are hectic to the extreme with the processing of grapes to have evenRead More

Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc 2007 Stellenbosch, South Africa

Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc 2007 Stellenbosch, South Africa

It’s a long, long story but I didn’t have that long with the mighty Ken Forrester; as the others drank and ate in the marvellous SaltRead More

Newton Johnson Winery, Walker Bay, South Africa

Newton Johnson Winery, Walker Bay, South Africa

Even the hazy cloud cover couldn’t dampen the thrill of the view. After a gentle meander alongside the Onrust River passing Hamilton Russell and Bouchard FinlaysonRead More

In The Company of Wine People: brief notes from a tasting

In The Company of Wine People: brief notes from a tasting

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Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block

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Top 5 Shops to Buy South African Wine Online

Top 5 Shops to Buy South African Wine Online

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The Best Way To Tour South Africa’s Vineyards…

The Best Way To Tour South Africa’s Vineyards…

OK, so perhaps a full weeks tour on these little beauts might get a touch wearisome; but for a day (and you can get through severalRead More

Iona Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Elgin, South Africa

Iona Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Elgin, South Africa

To reach Elgin take the N2 from Cape Town and keep going through the wine lands of Stellenbosch. Compared to the rash of vineyards covering theRead More

Brief notes from a tasting: Kleine Zalze Estate, Stellenbosch

Brief notes from a tasting: Kleine Zalze Estate, Stellenbosch

An ideal introducton to the wines and foods of South Africa – the award winning Terrior Restaurant in the Kleine Zalze Estate – one of SouthRead More

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