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Tio Pepe

Tio Pepe

For this weeks Sunday Snap Shot a photo of sherry… Unlike many styles of wine, fino is best enjoyed as young as possible, and is alwaysRead More

Freixenet Mediterranean 75

Freixenet Mediterranean 75

A cocktail presented as one of the Freixenet Festive Cocktails. What makes the Freixenet Mediterranean 75 interesting is that it was drunk in Rick’s Bar AmericainRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Pouring the Red

Pouring the Red

Pouring the red – a restaurant table crowded with the accoutrements of fine dining – bread basket, plentiful cutlery, numerous glasses, candles, the salt cellar andRead More

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Visiting Cava Country, Barcelona

The Wines of Artemayor

The Wines of Artemayor

Surrounded as we were by old railway carriages, great hulking bruts of steam engines and a more delicate vernacular train, just about made this wine tasting

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Cava Vines In The Fog

Cava Vines In The Fog

While I had hoped for a interesting sunrise – I was out in the dark stomping around the edges of a vineyard opposite the hotel for

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50 Great Cavas 2014

50 Great Cavas 2014

In the face of Proseccos never-ending popularity Cava, once the champion of sparkling wines, seems to have slipped off most peoples radar. Like any region and

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Visiting Chablis

Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard

Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard

To be honest after awhile oak wine barrels loose their attraction. Multiple winery visits in the space of a few days and all the cellars, all

Read More

Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Not all wineries are housed in grand chateaux, nor in quaint country houses or ultra modern architect designed complexes. Some are housed in little more than

Read More

The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

To the South West of the village of Chablis lies the hamlet of Préhy. If you take the D2 from Chablis you eventually pass this church,

Read More

Through The Square Window

Through The Square Window

I am, as they say, between trips. A whale of a time in and around Barcelona experiencing the 50 Great Cavas is soon to be followed

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Wine Related Photographs

Through The Square Window

Through The Square Window

I am, as they say, between trips. A whale of a time in and around Barcelona experiencing the 50 Great Cavas is soon to be followed

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View of Vila Nova De Gaia

View of Vila Nova De Gaia

The weather wasn’t really playing along. It was cold, the wind was chilling things down further, and frankly the thought of a cosy breakfast was far

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Moustachioed Wine Man

Moustachioed Wine Man

Somewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the

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50 Great Cavas 2014

50 Great Cavas 2014

In the face of Proseccos never-ending popularity Cava, once the champion of sparkling wines, seems to have slipped off most peoples radar. Like any region and

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Visit Bordeaux

Moustachioed Wine Man

Moustachioed Wine Man

Somewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the

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Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

A photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a

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Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

Bacchus, here resplendent with bulbous red nose and bushy red beard, as painted on the side of a wine barrel. Chateau Haut Sarpe, deep in the

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Petit Comptoir Francais

Petit Comptoir Francais

I 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

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Discover The Origin: The Douro

View of Vila Nova De Gaia

View of Vila Nova De Gaia

The weather wasn’t really playing along. It was cold, the wind was chilling things down further, and frankly the thought of a cosy breakfast was far

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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just 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

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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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

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IVDP Library

IVDP Library

The regulator and testing centre for all still and fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley is housed in a suitably majestic building in the heart

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Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde

Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde

If you are not running down to Sainsbury’s with a crisp tenner flapping in your hand after seeing this video, I’ll be very surprised. With that

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Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs

Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs

Bar Pepito, yep heard of it but never been… Vinoteca… been to all of them… Terroirs… which wine lover hasn’t been there? I’m flicking through Drink

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Cocktails at Scarfes

Cocktails at Scarfes

I 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

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The Sommelier at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

The Sommelier at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

I was in a restaurant once where, on asking the sommelier – crisply suited with a dangling, shiny, tastevin hanging around his neck – for a

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