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  • 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,
  • 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
Favourite Wintertime Wines

Favourite Wintertime Wines

A challenge – pick three wines (one red, one white and a sparkling) as your ‘Favourite Wintertime Wines’ with the stipulation that they must all retailRead More

The Wine Lab at Planeta

The Wine Lab at Planeta

Two photographs for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – both taken at the Planeta winery in Sicily. It was a delightful visit as part of aRead More

Wine On Board The Queen Mary 2

Wine On Board The Queen Mary 2

Cunard – the luxury cruise liner – have celebrated their 200th Transatlantic Crossing of the luxurious Queen Mary 2. Next year also sees the Queen MaryRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Nov
Video San Polino Biodynamic Winery

Video San Polino Biodynamic Winery

What exactly is biodynamic winery all about? “Understanding the processes of nature” according to this lovely little film from Olly Cooper at Cricket Productions. It looksRead More

Andrew Barrow
21 Nov
A Wine For Leftovers

A Wine For Leftovers

“Leftovers” – a simple word that frankly filled me with dread as a kid. “What’s for dinner” and “leftovers” gave thoughts of reheated cheese quiche (aRead More

How to Tell The Difference Between Rosemount Wine Blends

How to Tell The Difference Between Rosemount Wine Blends

Many of us like to think we’re clued up on what wines we like and which ones we don’t, but when faced with a supermarket orRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 Nov
Concrete Tanks at Sarria

Concrete Tanks at Sarria

I think my stance on visiting stainless steel tanks is well established (although I have to admit that ‘sometimes’ they can be beneficial). At least stainlessRead More

Tuscany Excellence Montecarlo White

Tuscany Excellence Montecarlo White

So the gauntlet was thrown, the first of several as it transpired. The challenge was to create a recipe using a jar of Italian sauce andRead More

Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz

Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz

Wonder who woke up one morning and thought it would be a grand wheeze to drop a barrel brimming with Shiraz into the sea, “just toRead More

Blue Spittoons at Bodega Nekeas

Blue Spittoons at Bodega Nekeas

I once attended a wine tasting, many moons ago now, where a rather cocky taster gave us great hilarity as his, no doubt expensive, silk tieRead More

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28
Jul

Petit Comptoir Francais

I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact thatRead More

27
Jul

The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

You can drink – or rather sip, seeing the prices – some of the most luxurious of wines in Max Bordeaux. They had Chateau Haut-Brion 2007Read More

24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

20
Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A 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 LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

18
Jul

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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 hadRead More

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