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Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc, 2005, Napa Valley, California

Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc, 2005, Napa Valley, California

As many will know Fumé Blanc is the name invented by Mondavi to describe their Sauvignon Blanc’s that had undergone oak aging. While Sauvignon’s typical crispRead More

Mondavi Woodbridge Shiraz, 2006, California

Mondavi Woodbridge Shiraz, 2006, California

As I write I’m sipping a glass of Californian red – a Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 to be precise. It’s fairly typical of theRead More

Good With Seafood – Bodegas Fariña Malvasia, 2007, Toro, Spain

Good With Seafood – Bodegas Fariña Malvasia, 2007, Toro, Spain

Review0.3A recurring event – a wine that ranks as ‘just fine’ by itself is raised in ones estimation when coupled with food. This nicely weighty whiteRead More

A Not Too Sweet Dessert Wine – Farina Val de Reyas 2005

A Not Too Sweet Dessert Wine – Farina Val de Reyas 2005

Designed as an aperitif the Farina Val de Reyes Vino Semi-Dulce is recommended with foie gras, pates and soft cheeses. Back in May of 2007 aRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Oct
Port and Chocolate – Cockburn’s LBV and Chocolate Bavarois

Port and Chocolate – Cockburn’s LBV and Chocolate Bavarois

Do you do anything with port other than drink it or serve it with stilton? I’m not a great fan, by the way, of port withRead More

Tariquet L’Apéritif

Tariquet L’Apéritif

Is your pre-dinner tipple a G&T or are you a true Francophile and indulge in a little pré-dîner Pineau de Cherentes, a true apéritif? Personally aRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Oct
Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief notes scribbled at the London International Wine and Spirits Fair in Excel of the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008. Of the 1,214 samples submittedRead More

St Hallett Poacher’s Blend, 2007, Barossa Valley, Australia

St Hallett Poacher’s Blend, 2007, Barossa Valley, Australia

Three grapes Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. All of which you can detect in the wine. Individually. Which is a criticism as the wine was notRead More

New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008

New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008

Those huge wine award issues of the wine magazines – who reads them apart from the top trophy winners anyway? Page follows page of tasting notesRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Quinta de Covela Escolha, 2005, Minho, Portugal

Quinta de Covela Escolha, 2005, Minho, Portugal

Many will realise, may even respect, my ongoing search for the unusual wine – the striking label, the interesting blend or individual grape, the obscure region…Read More

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