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  • A Wine For Your BurgerA Wine For Your BurgerToday is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy and
  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonWinery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonA photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a
  • 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
  • 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.
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

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

Andrew Barrow
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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

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