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What is the bloody point – why make a red Chardonnay? Especially as Chardonnay is a white grape and to get the colour you use ChambourcinRead More

Andrew Barrow
17 Jan
Wine Tasting Note: Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note:Altano Reserva, 2000, Douro, Portugal.Bin-end stock at Waitrose £4.99 down from £6.99.Bought to accompany a spicy, rich, Spanish-inspired Chorizo and Potato Stew the flavoursRead More

Andrew Barrow
17 Jan
Combinations 9: Paprika and Chorizo Baked Eggs

Combinations 9: Paprika and Chorizo Baked Eggs

For the next wine and food matching exercise an ingredient that is a little tricky to match successfully – eggs. The mouth-coating properties of egg yolksRead More

The Big Book of Sherry Wines

The Sherry Council of Jerez has published the Big Book of Sherry Wines – a book described as ‘combining an educational almanac with a glossy coffeeRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Jan
Grove Mill Carbon Neutral

Grove Mill Carbon Neutral

New Zealand producer Grove Mill has released a carbon neutral wine in the UK; not having seen any other wine claim the honour this could beRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Jan

Wine With Reindeer and Kangaroo

A request – suggestions for wines to accompany Kangaroo and Reindeer. My knowledge is sadly lacking in this important culinary sphere so I called on aRead More

Chinese Nude Run

At bit late on this one but Police in central China have scotched a wine maker’s plans for a mass Christmas Eve “nude run” which theRead More

Andrew Barrow
6 Jan
Vineyard Worker at Chateau Preuillac, Medoc

Vineyard Worker at Chateau Preuillac, Medoc

Yesterday morning I was tramping around a field in the Medoc, it was bloody freezing; beautiful day but a bone-numbing wind keeping temperatures well below freezing.Read More

Threshers – the conclusion?

Threshers is not giving away anything in regards to their voucher promotion; a simple marketing idea that appears to have run away with itself. The viralRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Dec
Wine Tasting Note: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière, 2004, Pic St Loup, France

Wine Tasting Note: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière, 2004, Pic St Loup, France

The second wine from the small order from Pic Wines. This delightful red hails from the heart of the Pic Saint Loup cru. Mas The currentRead More

Andrew Barrow
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