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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,
Berry Bros. & Rudd Podcast

Berry Bros. & Rudd Podcast

Having just starred in my own first audiocast everyone is now jumping on the bandwagon! Berry Brothers, the esteemed London wine merchant, skipping along at aRead More

Andrew Barrow
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A Quick Guide to Wine With Chocolate

A Quick Guide to Wine With Chocolate

Having devoured with gluttonous gusto a Hotel Chocolate Easter Egg over the weekend, thereby revealing yet again a total character weakness for all things chocolate, IRead More

Andrew Barrow
20 Mar
Wine Tasting Note: Saturday Red, NV, California

Wine Tasting Note: Saturday Red, NV, California

A dirt cheap, non-vintage red, with a shiny label – cheap Californian plonk – what am I thinking of!? Especially following the wine-box debacle. Thing is,Read More

Andrew Barrow
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Spittoon on WineCast

Well that was fun! For the last hour I have been sitting in an internet cafe chatting to Tim of Winecast. Hope he can cut outRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 Mar
Wine Tasting Note: Tesco Sicilian Red Wine, NV, Sicily, Italy

Wine Tasting Note: Tesco Sicilian Red Wine, NV, Sicily, Italy

What I really wanted to cover for today’s Wine Blogging Wednesday were these pre-filled Tulip glasses. Sadly getting through to the supplier/producer has been a mightRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Mar
Any Idea What This Is?

Any Idea What This Is?

‘First Time Caller’ ‘Long time reader’ Adrian sent me these images and asks “Andy, I bought this the other day….any ideas????????” Bugger if I know! AntiqueRead More

Andrew Barrow
12 Mar
Wine Tasting Note: Valdivieso Pinot Noir Reserve, 2005, Casablanca Valley, Chile

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Wine Tasting Note: Valdivieso Pinot Noir Reserve, 2005, Casablanca Valley, Chile.Picked up from Waitrose for £8.99 (£8.54 online). Deep and colourful for a Pinot Noir, veryRead More

White Wine With Cheese

I have just updated one of the most popular posts here on Spittoon – Matching Cheese and Wine. A few new wine pairings have been addedRead More

Champagne Food Pairings: Champagne and Caviar

It is not every day that you have the opportunity to sample the likes of Cristal, Dom Pérignon and Krug side-by-side with Caviar (and at £180Read More

White Grapes Appeared 3,000 years ago

A genetic quirk just 3,000 years ago caused the appearance of white grapes such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, Australian scientist have deduced. It hasRead More

Andrew Barrow
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