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Domaine de L’Engarran, 2005, VdP d’Oc, France

Domaine de L’Engarran, 2005, VdP d’Oc, France

Not something you see much of in the South of France is Cabernet Franc – the grape and country of choice for this months Wine BloggingRead More

Combinations – A Wine for Steak and Mushroom Pie

Combinations – A Wine for Steak and Mushroom Pie

To be honest just about any decent red wine would go with this puff pastry topped Steak and Mushroom Pie. The herby flavours, juicy meat andRead More

Combinations –  A Wine for Baked Sea Bass

Combinations – A Wine for Baked Sea Bass

A heck of a while since the last food and wine matching exercise so today a wine matched to a simple, but delicious, fish dish. TheRead More

Three Wines from France: The Montagnac Range

Three Wines from France: The Montagnac Range

Judging an independent wine merchant on its cheapest wines is a great indication of the overall care the merchant puts into its overall range. It isRead More

Small Plates, Perfect Wines

Small Plates, Perfect Wines

Small Plates, Perfect Wines, a new cookbook from Andrews McMeel Publishing, featuring mouthwatering recipes and wine pairing tips, is now on bookstore shelves and available toRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Mar
Bellingham The Maverick Winemaker Chenin Blanc, 2007, Coastal Region, South Africa

Bellingham The Maverick Winemaker Chenin Blanc, 2007, Coastal Region, South Africa

No great debate in selecting a wine to accompany a Lentil and Bean Salad with a Chive Dressing – a Sauvignon Blanc would have been anRead More

Wine Book Club: Vino Italiano The Regional Wines of Italy

Wine Book Club: Vino Italiano The Regional Wines of Italy

I realise now why my order for Vino Italiano took an absolute age to come via Amazon and why it wasn’t available for loan from Oxfordshire’sRead More

Interviewed on BBC Radio 5

Interviewed on BBC Radio 5

As mentioned in the post covering a wine and food tasting at the Frontline Restaurant, myself, Cooksister and Blogjam were interviewed by Chris Vallance for aRead More

Andrew Barrow
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WBW Just 7 Words – the round-up

WBW Just 7 Words – the round-up

Luckily my slightly off-beat theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday seems well received; plenty of thoughtfully produced entries. All the wines (bar a handful) were Italian reds.Read More

Andrew Barrow
15 Feb
Cantine Sasso Aglianico del Vulture, 2005, Basilicata, Italy

Cantine Sasso Aglianico del Vulture, 2005, Basilicata, Italy

‘A picture paints a thousand words’ is said to be a Chinese proverb attributed to many (from Kung Fu Tze to Confucius), but it is justRead More

Andrew Barrow
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