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  • Tons Duorum BrancoTons Duorum BrancoOK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca Lirico
  • Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for PhotographersAnnouncing Tuscan Wine Tour for PhotographersMy three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of a
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  • Black Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackBlack Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackDisaster! I was waving the Dyson about like a mad thing possessed, hyped by a fab tune on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 show, and noticed
  • Tasca d'AlmeritaTasca d'AlmeritaBlack and White Photograph: The Winery, Vines and Vineyards of Tasca d'Almerita, Sicily taken during a 2013 tour by the Circle of Wine Writers
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  • Domaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionDomaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionA little box of wines was delivered the other week; inside a mix of red and white wine from across France. Also in the box a
  • Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner The world’s first ever crowd-sourced wine has launched following the success of a nationwide competition to find a new wine logo design. A housewife from Buckinghamshire,
  • Favourite Wintertime WinesFavourite Wintertime WinesA challenge – pick three wines (one red, one white and a sparkling) as your ‘Favourite Wintertime Wines’ with the stipulation that they must all retail
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A Wine for Garlic Prawns

A Wine for Garlic Prawns

The recipe ended with a suggestion for Viognier as the perfect match. Indeed Francesca went this route and found a delicious match with a bottle ofRead More

Andrew Barrow
16 Jun
Balance First – Some Thoughts On Tasting Wine

Balance First – Some Thoughts On Tasting Wine

If you put in the work to make sure you get the best grapes, the wine will almost make itself all on its own. What doesRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Jun
Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass

Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass

One thing that struck me when the end of this book was in sight, was that, despite its obvious North American style and focus, the numberRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Tasting Note: A-Mano Rosato, 2006, Puglia, Italy

Wine Tasting Note: A-Mano Rosato, 2006, Puglia, Italy

Wine Tasting Note: A-Mano Rosato, 2006, Puglia, Italy. Gently fruity nose, lovely bright, very pale pink in colour with a surprisingly weighty palate. Unlike several rosésRead More

Andrew Barrow
11 Jun
Wine Tasting Note: Tuatara Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand

Wine Tasting Note: Tuatara Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand

Wine Tasting Note: Tuatara Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand.Available from Surf4Wine for £7.99.I’m a great fan of Sauvignon’s and the punchy New Zealand stylesRead More

Andrew Barrow
6 Jun
Domaine du Tariquet – Two White Wines

Domaine du Tariquet – Two White Wines

In addition to the Domaine du Tariquet Rosé that made such an interesting partner to Garlic Soup I received two further wines in the range thatRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Jun
Combinations 13: A Wine For Garlic Buttered Prawns

Combinations 13: A Wine For Garlic Buttered Prawns

A test both of wine-to-food matching and a recipe from a new recipe book. The Global Grub cookbook has 9 recipes aimed at the novice. AlsoRead More

Andrew Barrow
31 May
Wine Tasting Note: Blue Nun Pinot Grigio-Riesling, 2005, Pfalz, Germany

Wine Tasting Note: Blue Nun Pinot Grigio-Riesling, 2005, Pfalz, Germany

I know what you are thinking – “What is one of the most risible big brands doing on a website that champions smaller producers, the obscureRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 May
Wine Tasting Note: Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal.Available exclusively from Tesco.com until August for £4. (normal price is £5).Vivid cherry in colour. Flavour-wise it isRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 May
International Wine Challenge 2007 Medal Results

International Wine Challenge 2007 Medal Results

The 2007 International Wine Challenge (IWC), the world’s largest blind wine tasting, has announced its medal results, highlighting notable improvements from Spain, South Africa, Argentina, Chile,Read More

Andrew Barrow
22 May

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