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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
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
14 May
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
10 May
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
26 Apr
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

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