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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
  • Quinta do Portal Douro PortugalQuinta do Portal Douro PortugalOn the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I had
  • 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
  • Château Mauvesin Barton BordeauxChâteau Mauvesin Barton BordeauxThe intention was to save this photo and use it as either a stand-alone Sunday Wine Shot or as part of a gallery of photos taken
  • Over the Crumbling WallOver the Crumbling WallAt the far end of the Quinta do Portal vineyard, a crumbling wall and a view stretching for miles across vines and Douro Hills. Taken a
  • 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.
  • Vineyard GazeboVineyard GazeboThe following morning, as I staggered bleary-eyed through the hotel tour, the manager with hand around my shoulders inquired how I had managed to get out
  • Johnnie And Ginger Be BoldJohnnie And Ginger Be BoldA big, bold whisky such as Johnnie Walker Red Label demands a mixer to match. So began the instructions for this fun little experiment. A kit,
  • 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
  • Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube It seems to have escaped my attention that the people behind Daylesford Organics farm in Gloucestershire are also those who have, since 1997, owned Château Léoube
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

Winners Announced Fairtrade Wine Tasting

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

Andrew Barrow
3 Nov
Wine Tasting Note: Beblenheim Pinot Gris Reserve, 2006, Alsace, France

Wine Tasting Note: Beblenheim Pinot Gris Reserve, 2006, Alsace, France

Always amazing how few people consider Alsace when selecting their wines. OK, so they come in those suspiciously Germanic-looking bottles (with all those negative associations) butRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Domaine de L’Olivette Blanc, 2006, VdP des Coteaux de Cabrerisse, France

Wine Tasting Note: Domaine de L’Olivette Blanc, 2006, VdP des Coteaux de Cabrerisse, France

I’m still thinking a a Sauvignon Blanc or a Viognier would be the better match but here we are with a Southern French white; a blendRead More

Andrew Barrow
16 Oct
Wine Tasting Note: Dona Dominga Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Wine Tasting Note: Dona Dominga Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Wine Tasting Note:Dona Dominga Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Colchagua Valley, Chile Bugger knows where this bottle came from; a shame as it is really ratherRead More

A Wine For Ouefs Hollique

A Wine For Ouefs Hollique

The recipe, a breakfast type dish of smoked salmon served on a toasted muffin with a poached egg, fresh spinach and hollandaise sauce, was sent toRead More

Devaux Ultra D Champagne

Devaux Ultra D Champagne

Wine Tasting Note: Devaux Ultra D Champagne, NV, Champagne, France.Available from independents and Surf4Wine £43.50.Is this the ‘ultimate food champagne’ as the producers claim? Not farRead More

Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale Footprint Shiraz, 2004, Australia

Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale Footprint Shiraz, 2004, Australia

Two burgers. A little posh perhaps being Tesco’s finest (beef with sun-dried tomatoes), but nothing you could call gourmet. Each is sandwiched between two slices ofRead More

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