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Wine Tasting Note: La Crema Pinot Noir, 2005, Sonoma Coast, California

Wine Tasting Note: La Crema Pinot Noir, 2005, Sonoma Coast, California

Since 1979, La Crema has pioneered the cultivation of Burgundian varietals on the Sonoma coast. This cool coastal region’s boundary begins with a narrow strip atRead More

Wine Bottle Grotto

Wine Bottle Grotto

A chap down Herefordshire way has built a garden folly out of 5,000 wine bottles. Richard Pim, 66 (as they always put in the newspapers), hasRead More

Andrew Barrow
22 Jul
Nautilus Estate on You Tube

Nautilus Estate on You Tube

Nautilus Estate of New Zealand have released a 12 minute video on youtube. [RSS subsubscribers will have to follow the link]. The film shows the beautifulRead More

A Wine For Pasta with Walnut Sauce

A Wine For Pasta with Walnut Sauce

I’ve sampled this wine before – same vintage – way back in December 2005. Time has not been that gracious; just hope the wine hasn’t beenRead More

Wine Tasting Note: La Riada Old Vines Garnacha, 2005, Campo de Borja, Spain.

Wine Tasting Note: La Riada Old Vines Garnacha, 2005, Campo de Borja, Spain.

No mention on the rear label specifying exactly how old the ‘old vines’ actually are, sadly. (There really should be some legislation to define such statements).Read More

Andrew Barrow
11 Jul
Combinations 14: A Wine For Pasta with Walnut Sauce

Combinations 14: A Wine For Pasta with Walnut Sauce

An Italian slant I feel is in order for the next round of Combinations. This recipe is taken from a recipe book that I have hadRead More

Three More Wines from Cigales, Spain

Three More Wines from Cigales, Spain

Continuing the round-up of a lively tasting held in Spain of wines from Cigales. [Part One]. Wine Tasting Note: Bodegas Hiljos de Marcos Gómez Salvueros TintoRead More

Andrew Barrow
24 Jun
Wine Tasting Note: Franz Haas Manna, 2005, Alto Adige, Italy

Wine Tasting Note: Franz Haas Manna, 2005, Alto Adige, Italy

A wine tasting session to select new additions to a merchants list. The Italian white wine section was looking a little drab, unexciting and neglected. ThisRead More

Andrew Barrow
21 Jun
Lindemans Apple Beer

Lindemans Apple Beer

No idea where this is available – it formed part of a mystery food parcel received from Belgium, but it is rather excellent. Not at allRead More

Andrew Barrow
20 Jun
Madfish Bay Wines

Madfish Bay Wines

An excellent meal at Du Vin, Henley last October was hosted by Michael Karrigan, who, at the time was the wine-maker for Madfish and Howard Park.Read More

Andrew Barrow
18 Jun

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Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

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