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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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
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Back to Your Roots for Wine Blogging Wednesday #48

It is the seminal wine blogging event Wine Blogging Wednesday’s fourth birthday. This momentous occasion being hosted by the creator Lenn Thompson at Lenndeavours, with theRead More

Fattoira le Sorgenti Respiro Chianti, 2005, Tuscany, Italy

Fattoira le Sorgenti Respiro Chianti, 2005, Tuscany, Italy

I fondly recall, during my first exploratory steps into wine, becoming very excited in sorting out the various sub-zones of Chianti and believing I could detectRead More

What Kind of Wine Are You?

What Kind of Wine Are You?

It would seem I’m a Merlot – according to one of those ‘fun for a few seconds’ internet blog-things. We can blame 1WineDude for setting thisRead More

Andrew Barrow
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La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica, 2006, Marche, Italy

La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica, 2006, Marche, Italy

A wine for a damn-decent-if-I-may-say-so seafood risotto. Waitrose have this new(ish) deli range; one item of which is a tub of mixed seafood in a herbedRead More

Fattoira le Sorgenti Scirus, 2003, Tuscany, Italy.

Fattoira le Sorgenti Scirus, 2003, Tuscany, Italy.

This has to be the best hunk of roast lamb to come out of my oven. Juicy. The perfect level of pinkness in the centre. ARead More

La Chamiza Extra Brut, NV, Mendoza, Argentina

La Chamiza Extra Brut, NV, Mendoza, Argentina

A Twtitter shout-out from KRacen asked for ‘something to drink by the side of the pool’. My response? “Something sparkling and frivolous’. Hot weather, an invitingRead More

Clos des Rochers Pinot Blanc, 2006, Moselle, Luxembourg

Clos des Rochers Pinot Blanc, 2006, Moselle, Luxembourg

Like I real clot I’ve forgotten to mix in the spinach. Having just spent ten minutes washing and dry-frying it there really isn’t any excuse (IRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Mid-week Combinations – M&S Australian Chardonnay

Ok, so serving chunky chips with a potato topped pie was a little thoughtless; but hunger and a need to escape a tourist-heaving Oxford were upper-most.Read More

Alcohol Units – Measure Up Campaign

Alcohol Units – Measure Up Campaign

How many of us know what our daily alcohol consumption should be or how many units are in a pint or a 175ml glass of Rosé?Read More

Andrew Barrow
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Ginger Beer Taste Test

Ginger Beer Taste Test

A fun idea we thought – a taste test of a non-alcoholic drink style. Duly armed with 5 lightly chilled Ginger Beers and six willing andRead More

Andrew Barrow
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