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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
  • 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,
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

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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
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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
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International Wine Challenge 2007 Medal Results

International Wine Challenge 2007 Medal Results

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Andrew Barrow
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Kendall Jackson’s Art of Terroir

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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
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Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

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Andrew Barrow
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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
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Cigales, Castilla Leon, Spain

Cigales, Castilla Leon, Spain

North from Vallodolid on a shorter trip than yesterday’s 3 hours to Bierzo. We tumble down a hill and are faced with this majestic sweep ofRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Bierzo, Castilla-Leon, Spain

Bierzo, Castilla-Leon, Spain

We are trying to take in the view. The wind is whipping the translators hair into a unruly mess as we look worryingly out at distantRead More

Andrew Barrow
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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

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