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Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard Panorama

Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard Panorama

Making full use of the centuries of Mount Etnas deposits the vines at Tenuta di Fessina produce some lovely wines. Here, with Mount Etna behind us,Read More

Three Recommendations from DropWines

Three Recommendations from DropWines

Rumour has it that Richard was once held hostage by a fearsome, rampantly coiffured, Bulgarian countess and forced to drink his way through her wine cellarRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Aug
Vineyards at Tasca d’Almerita

Vineyards at Tasca d’Almerita

For what seemed like hours – well it was hours, but enjoyably so, we had crossed Sicily in the bus marvelling at the scenery. There wereRead More

Donnafugata Ben Rye

Donnafugata Ben Rye

One of the highlights of the Circle of Wine Writers trip to Sicily – a superb tasting and visit to the Donnafugata Winery. Perhaps also theRead More

Think How You Drink

Think How You Drink

Diageo has launched a new pan-European online campaign Think How You Drink to remind young people that drinking to excess can lead to shame and embarrassment.Read More

Andrew Barrow
24 Jul
Entrance Feudo Arancio

Entrance Feudo Arancio

Friday 7th June. The schedule had us seated and tasting at 1,700 acre Feudo Arancio winery by 9am. There was the late night and the 30Read More

A Drop of DropWines

A Drop of DropWines

A little insight into new UK wine retailer DropWines. Richard Verney (described as ‘Our Wine Expert’, which I assume to mean wine buyer) and the lovely,Read More

Andrew Barrow
16 Jul
Tenuta Rapitala, Sicily

Tenuta Rapitala, Sicily

A warm welcome at Tenuta Rapitala; beaming smiles and hearty handshakes from the Comte de la Gatinais and his wife. They had been following our exploits,Read More

Stainless Steel Tanks at Planeta

Stainless Steel Tanks at Planeta

Who says stainless steel tanks are boring? Well, me for one… once you’ve seen one you have basically seen them all. Rarely do they make interestingRead More

Cottanera Winery, Sicily

Cottanera Winery, Sicily

It’s an oft-heard story. Sons of the winery founder take over, as the oldens retire, with grand thoughts of revival and reinvention. At Cottanera, founded byRead More

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Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

My three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of aRead More

13
Apr

Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

A rather tenuous link to wine photo for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot I’m afraid. Taken this morning, at dawn, a photo of Wallingford bridge asRead More

9
Apr

Gin Lab Experience at COLD

Locating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –Read More

6
Apr

Tons Duorum Branco

OK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca LiricoRead More

25
Mar

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

Perhaps a slightly over-ambitious claim but this info-thang does give some pointers to pairing wine and chocolate. It was drawn up by those lovely people atRead More

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Mar

Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

This has got to be the very best red wine I’ve sampled so far this year. Not sampled actually, more… savoured, relished, enjoyed, consumed… maybe evenRead More

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