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  • Cocktails at ScarfesCocktails at ScarfesI have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails were
  • Charles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. We
  • Petit Comptoir FrancaisPetit Comptoir FrancaisI cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact that
  • 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
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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
  • 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.
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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

Rickety Bridge Wines, Franschoek, South Africa

Rickety Bridge Wines, Franschoek, South Africa

Rickety Bridge Winery has a long history – from the first planting of grapes in 1830 through to the more relevant planting program of 1989 andRead More

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