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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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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Wine Tasting Note: Palo Alto Reserva, 2006, Maule Valley, Chile

Wine Tasting Note: Palo Alto Reserva, 2006, Maule Valley, Chile

Trees for Cities is an independent charity set up in 1993 (initially as Trees for London) to work with local communities on tree planting projects. WithRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand

Wine Tasting Note: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand

The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. These were days of few fences,Read More

Wine Tasting Note: Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, 2005, California

Wine Tasting Note: Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, 2005, California

Interesting how winemakers identify specific characters in wines and how they blend different parcels together to unite the differing aspects. This Chardonnay for example combines estateRead More

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

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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
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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

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