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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
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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.
  • 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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Two Wines From South Africa

Two Wines From South Africa

Being at the forefront of wine tasting and involved in the trade for an ever lengthening number of years it is often a surprise and aRead More

Croft Pink Port

Croft Pink Port

It’s pink and it’s a port – the world’s first Pink Port first released last year. The photograph really doesn’t do justce to the elegant designRead More

Domaine Cristia Replies On Naked Wines

Domaine Cristia Replies On Naked Wines

To sum up Web2.0 or even Wine2.0 is as simple as using one word – Conversation. But despite the potential for ‘chat’ via a blogs commentRead More

Domaine Cristia from Naked Wines

Domaine Cristia from Naked Wines

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Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2007, Rhone, France

Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2007, Rhone, France

Another of those pre-release samples I received awhile back; this Chateauneuf-du-Pape, while entirly too young was a delicious joy partnered with roasted Lamb Shanks. Review0.3 WineRead More

Goldstar Beer Advert

Goldstar Beer Advert

Many thanks to Blog Till You Drop for bringing these excellent Gold Star beer adverts to the fore. There are several in the series, BlogTillYouDrop hasRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Le Roc du du Chateau Pellebouc

Le Roc du du Chateau Pellebouc

Food magazine Delicious gave away, as with many other magazines, a 2009 calender with a recent issue. Each month displays a recipe, tuned to the season.Read More

A Wine For Bacon Sandwiches

A Wine For Bacon Sandwiches

Wine Blogging Wednesday rolls round again and some fairly stringent criteria for this months challenge. Select a Wine for Breakfast but no sparkling wine, no rosés,Read More

A look at Naked Wines

A look at Naked Wines

We are here to help you find delicious, blow-your-socks-off, dazzling wines at sensible, affordable prices. And to make friends with the delightful people who make theseRead More

Andrew Barrow
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