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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
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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
  • 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
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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.
  • 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.
Wine Tasting Note: Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Veneto, Italy

Wine Tasting Note: Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Veneto, Italy

Wine Tasting Note:Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Veneto, Italy.Available from Sainsburys for £16.99An absolute age since I’ve sampled, let alone drank, an Amarone – soRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Tusk ‘n Red, 2004, Mendocino County, California

Wine Tasting Note: Tusk ‘n Red, 2004, Mendocino County, California

Wine Tasting Note: Tusk ‘n Red, 2004, Mendocino County, CaliforniaAvailable from Waitrose for £9.99 What this wine has with Italy is anyones guess. This blend isRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Banderas Reserve Chardonnay, 2006, San Juan, Argentina.

Wine Tasting Note: Banderas Reserve Chardonnay, 2006, San Juan, Argentina.

Wine Tasting Note: Anderas Vineyards Banderas Reserve Chardonnay, 2006, San Juan, Argentina.Available from Sainsbury’s for £5.99. Peachy, baby… peachy. Oh, and pineapply too. It’s big, it’sRead More

Wine and Photography

Wine and Photography

I’ve been a little disappointed by the posts on Chateau Photogasm. Don’t get me wrong though. I think the concept is great – original, unique, fascinatingRead More

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Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese

Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese

There are going to be detractors of course but really the ONLY wine to have with cheese is a decent Sauvignon Blanc. I’m not fussed ifRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Quinta do Infantado Vintage, 2003, Douro, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Quinta do Infantado Vintage, 2003, Douro, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Quinta do Infantado Vintage, 2003, Douro, Portugal. Available from Independents including The Secret Cellar £27.99 and Nickolls & Perks £115.67 for six. DryRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Tasting Note: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay, 2005, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Wine Tasting Note: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay, 2005, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Wine Tasting Note: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay, 2005, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France.Available from Waitrose for £7.99. An edge of orange peel, a smidgen of grapefruitRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2004, Western Australia

Wine Tasting Note: Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2004, Western Australia

Wine Tasting Note: Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, 2004, Western Australia. Dripping with gorgeous ripe, peppery, scrummy fruit. Wonderful balance and youthfully delicious with smooth blackberry fruitRead More

Two Own Label Wines from the Wine Society

Two Own Label Wines from the Wine Society

Wine Tasting Note: The Society’s Australian Semillon-Sauvignon-Blanc, 2006, Western Australia. Wine Society Own Label £6.50 I dunno; this was nice enough – perfectly drinkable form oneRead More

Winners Announced Fairtrade Wine Tasting

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The results of the first ever Fairtrade Wine Awards have been released. These wines are not only top quality for the consumers, but also open theRead More

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