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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
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  • 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,
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

Chenin Blanc Comparison – Wine Blogging Wednesday

Chenin Blanc Comparison – Wine Blogging Wednesday

Two different wines can’t really be considered a representative sample. More a fun exercise to explore how differing wines from Up Top and Down Under compareRead More

South African Wine

South African Wine

A cliché is a cliché for a reason. I don’t think you can view any report, article or commentary on South Africa without some mention ofRead More

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Great Iberian Wines From Vinoteca

Great Iberian Wines From Vinoteca

Two lovely people – Ryan and Gabriella – from Catavino, hosted an excellent Iberian wine tasting at Vinoteca, London last Friday. Unusually for me I’m gettingRead More

Launch of On-Line Travel Guides to Wine Regions in Italy and Spain

Launch of On-Line Travel Guides to Wine Regions in Italy and Spain

Wine Travel Guides just has launched two comprehensive on-line travel guides to the major wine regions of Tuscany, Italy and a further two guides to theRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier, 2006, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier, 2006, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Wine merchants exist for one single reason – to flog us wine. Their sales patter can verge on the obscene leaving the feeling that they shouldRead More

Via Collina Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba, 2007, Piedmonte, Italy

Via Collina Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba, 2007, Piedmonte, Italy

From the rear of the freezer a terracotta dish of ‘pasta sauce’, a frozen block of something indescribable, which, on defrosting, reveals itself as beef andRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Angel’s Share from Naked Wines

Angel’s Share from Naked Wines

A Chilean producer on the list at Naked Wines, the second batch of wines from this new ‘Web2.0 embracing’ retailer (the first being Domaine Cristia fromRead More

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