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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
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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
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  • 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.
Three More Wines from Cigales, Spain

Three More Wines from Cigales, Spain

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Wine Tasting Note: Franz Haas Manna, 2005, Alto Adige, Italy

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Lindemans Apple Beer

Lindemans Apple Beer

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Andrew Barrow
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Madfish Bay Wines

Madfish Bay Wines

An excellent meal at Du Vin, Henley last October was hosted by Michael Karrigan, who, at the time was the wine-maker for Madfish and Howard Park.Read More

Andrew Barrow
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CRAV – Union for Viticultural Action in the Languedoc

Sounds like one of those shadowy organisations that James Bond sets out to destroy but CRAV (Union for Viticultural Action in the Languedoc region in theRead More

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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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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