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  • 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.
  • Rosé d’Anjou Urban Style Rosé d’Anjou Urban Style What is the usual portrayal of rosé drinking in the summer? Pool-side lounging, the clatter of ice as the wine bottle is removed from the chiller,
  • 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
  • Johnnie And Ginger Be BoldJohnnie And Ginger Be BoldA big, bold whisky such as Johnnie Walker Red Label demands a mixer to match. So began the instructions for this fun little experiment. A kit,
  • 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
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
11 Jun
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
6 Jun
Domaine du Tariquet – Two White Wines

Domaine du Tariquet – Two White Wines

In addition to the Domaine du Tariquet Rosé that made such an interesting partner to Garlic Soup I received two further wines in the range thatRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Jun
Combinations 13: A Wine For Garlic Buttered Prawns

Combinations 13: A Wine For Garlic Buttered Prawns

A test both of wine-to-food matching and a recipe from a new recipe book. The Global Grub cookbook has 9 recipes aimed at the novice. AlsoRead More

Andrew Barrow
31 May
Wine Tasting Note: Blue Nun Pinot Grigio-Riesling, 2005, Pfalz, Germany

Wine Tasting Note: Blue Nun Pinot Grigio-Riesling, 2005, Pfalz, Germany

I know what you are thinking – “What is one of the most risible big brands doing on a website that champions smaller producers, the obscureRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 May
Wine Tasting Note: Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal.Available exclusively from Tesco.com until August for £4. (normal price is £5).Vivid cherry in colour. Flavour-wise it isRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 May
International Wine Challenge 2007 Medal Results

International Wine Challenge 2007 Medal Results

The 2007 International Wine Challenge (IWC), the world’s largest blind wine tasting, has announced its medal results, highlighting notable improvements from Spain, South Africa, Argentina, Chile,Read More

Andrew Barrow
22 May
Kendall Jackson’s Art of Terroir

Kendall Jackson’s Art of Terroir

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Kendall-Jackson is launching ‘The Art of Terroir,’ a coffee table book filled with photographs (stating the obvious there for a coffee-tableRead More

Andrew Barrow
21 May
Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

Cigales – perhaps over-shadowed by the acclaim neighbouring Ribera del Duero receives but a tasting of 12 wines demonstrated that ‘by heck-laddie’ they know how toRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 May
A wine for Melon, Pecorino and Culatello Anti-Pasti

A wine for Melon, Pecorino and Culatello Anti-Pasti

I’m feeling particularly smug – the wine I picked for matching with this antipasti turns out to be a damn brilliant match. I was after somethingRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 May

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