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  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonWinery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonA photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a
  • 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
  • Château Mauvesin Barton BordeauxChâteau Mauvesin Barton BordeauxThe intention was to save this photo and use it as either a stand-alone Sunday Wine Shot or as part of a gallery of photos taken
  • 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.
Tesco Drinks Awards Winners

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Alain Voge ‘Fleur de Crussol’ Saint-Péray, Rhone, France

Alain Voge ‘Fleur de Crussol’ Saint-Péray, Rhone, France

Not something you see much of is Saint-Péray; most of the production is concentrated towards sparkling wines (not that I’ve come across any Saint-Péray sparkling mind!).Read More

MontGras Carmenere Reserva, 2008, Colchagua Valley, Chile

MontGras Carmenere Reserva, 2008, Colchagua Valley, Chile

An entry for Wine Blogging Wednesday (update to include an illustration). Chile has, over the years, eclipsed Australia as the country to offer value-packed wines. TheRead More

Wine and Food Matching – Ideas From A Recent Tasting

Wine and Food Matching – Ideas From A Recent Tasting

Given the synergy between food and wine I have long wondered at the lack of ‘combinations’ at tastings. While the industry thrives on gourmet meals (toRead More

Fleur de Luze, Bordeaux Blanc, 2007

Fleur de Luze, Bordeaux Blanc, 2007

Who ever makes scampi at home? A dish one may assume is now relegated to certain ‘family’ restaurants and frozen ready-meals. Of course the home-made versionRead More

A Guide to the Wines of England & Wales

A Guide to the Wines of England & Wales

I should just mention that I haven’t yet seen this new publication; the details below are from the press release but seeing how little coverage isRead More

Cellar Cal Pla Mas D’En Compte Blanco, 2006, Priorat, Spain

Cellar Cal Pla Mas D’En Compte Blanco, 2006, Priorat, Spain

The New Wave Spanish Wine Awards highlighted many a bottle that I wanted to sample. So far however just one has come under my scrutiny –Read More

Corked Wine…

Corked Wine…

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Andrew Barrow
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Wine 2.0

Wine 2.0

My humble wine ‘collection’ has been located in various places. It has been crammed into a 1930′s cocktail cabinet, lain on a dust attracting bookshelf andRead More

Andrew Barrow
25 Nov
San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2004, Tuscany, Italy

San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2004, Tuscany, Italy

Its a struggle drinking Chianti without food; insufferable punishment on the taste buds in fact. That sharp, acidic, slightly earthy finish is how the wine isRead More

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