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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Rhone, France

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Rhone, France

Why are dessert wines so expensive? Is it the producers simply trying to create a cache, a luxury item just like those rosé champagne producers? TheRead More

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’fikile Wines is owned and controlled by empowered women, three pioneering ex-school teachers actually, in one of the largest black townships, Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape.Read More

Domaine Félines Picpoul de Pinet

Domaine Félines Picpoul de Pinet

I don’t recall which wine Rick Stein was drinking at the Mediterranean end of his barge tour through France. Perched on a balcony overlooking the BassinRead More

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England: Soon too hot for grape growing

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Tasting Note Innovation – Wine Recognition System

Tasting Note Innovation – Wine Recognition System

Innovation in wine tasting notes is a frequent topic across the wine blogs; little actually seems to develop with a universal attraction and most stick toRead More

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Midweek Combinations – Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier

Midweek Combinations – Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier

Midweek – too tired after a day in the office and too hot after the commute to want to do too much in the kitchen; aRead More

Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany

Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany

I understand that many rave about Riesling being the epitome of fine wine making. These people see the poise, quality, long life and expression of terriorRead More

Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Bordeaux, France

Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Bordeaux, France

Wine Tasting Note: Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France Available from Bordeaux-Undiscovered [more] for £6.75 (normally £9.64) The Semillon really comes though on the noseRead More

A Dish For Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

A Dish For Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

No apologies for featuring another wine from the excellent Howard Park stable; this is their old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from the Great Southern Region of WesternRead More

Château Tonnelles, 2004, Fronsac, France

Château Tonnelles, 2004, Fronsac, France

More banging on from me about how we should look to the independent merchant for the more interesting wines – small producers, interesting flavours, unknown grapesRead More

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