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  • 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
  • Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube It seems to have escaped my attention that the people behind Daylesford Organics farm in Gloucestershire are also those who have, since 1997, owned Château Léoube
Grand Golds From The Zarcillo Awards 2007

Grand Golds From The Zarcillo Awards 2007

After the hard slog of tasting the thousands of wines – not just by me you understand – the fun of the award ceremony, a fewRead More

Andrew Barrow
10 May
Wine Tasting Note: Laroche Rosé, 2006, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Wine Tasting Note: Laroche Rosé, 2006, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Just to show that I don’t always get the food and wine matching thang correct this wine, brought to accompany a salad, just didn’t work. TheRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Prosecco and Food

Prosecco and Food

Now of course you don’t have Michelin starred food at home – or maybe you do and it’s just me that has to slum it –Read More

Say Yes To A Full Pint – A CAMRA Petition

Say Yes To A Full Pint – A CAMRA Petition

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has just released new research showing that a shocking 26.6% of pints served in pubs are short measure by moreRead More

Andrew Barrow
17 Apr
Wine Tasting Note: Fern Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, South Island, New Zealand

Wine Tasting Note: Fern Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, South Island, New Zealand

It’s warm. By golly it feels like summer has arrived early! It probably won’t last, forever the pessimist me. Wine thoughts though turn to crisp, coolRead More

Combinations 12: A wine for Melon, Pecorino and Culatello Anti-Pasti

Combinations 12: A wine for Melon, Pecorino and Culatello Anti-Pasti

The flavours in this anti-pasti dish attract but leave me perplexed in what wine to serve; an ideal choice of food then for the next CombinationsRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Baron de Hoen Pinot Gris, 2005, Alsace, France

Wine Tasting Note: Baron de Hoen Pinot Gris, 2005, Alsace, France

The plan for Sunday dinner was a ‘quick and simple’ recipe of pan-fried pork with a pecan and bourbon cream sauce (adapted from a recipe inRead More

Andrew Barrow
10 Apr

The Great Supermarket Wine Rip-Off

It is a sad truth that the vast majority of wine, in the UK is brought on price alone – usually in supermarkets and more oftenRead More

Andrew Barrow
6 Apr
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard

Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard

Like the proverbial bus once you discover one million year old whale skeleton in a vineyard you discover another. Down Australia way in Brain Croser’s ‘Whalebone’Read More

Andrew Barrow
5 Apr
Wine Tasting Note: Mas de la Seranne, 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc, France.

Wine Tasting Note: Mas de la Seranne, 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc, France.

Wine Tasting Note: Mas de la Seranne Antonin et Louis, 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc, France.Available from Pic Wines for £14.30. [more] A little duck roasting inRead More

Andrew Barrow
31 Mar

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