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Asprinio – Obscurity Italian Style

Ever heard of Asprinio? Nope me neither. It’s an Italian white grape variety genetically linked to Greco; but obscure is its middle name. Even my fail-safeRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Nov
Wine Tasting Note: Danie de Wet Earth and Sky Chardonnay, 2006, Robertson, South Africa

Wine Tasting Note: Danie de Wet Earth and Sky Chardonnay, 2006, Robertson, South Africa

Dinner was Organic Roast Chicken with Oranges and Winter Herbs lifted from the November issue of Delicious served with Baked Onions with Parmesan and Cream (NigelRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas, 2005, Calatayud, Spain

Wine Tasting Note: Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas, 2005, Calatayud, Spain

Just like those record review shows where those gathered around the table talk through the tunes they like and remain tight-lipped with a song that grates,Read More

Andrew Barrow
4 Nov

Wine Tasting Note: Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.

Not something you see much of is Sauvignon Gris, especially from the New World. This example brought in from Chile is the only example I haveRead More

A Wine for Wagamama’s Chili Beef Ramen – Combinations #7

A Wine for Wagamama’s Chili Beef Ramen – Combinations #7

Coincidentally just a couple of days after selecting this dish as the basis for Combinations #7 the opportunity arose to eat at Wagamama; of course IRead More

PIC Wines Tasting

PIC Wines Tasting

We arrived late; not conducive to a relaxed tasting especially when everyone else is slurping on the dessert muscat and are well settled into the wholeRead More

Combinations #7 – Wine with Chilli Beef Ramen

Combinations #7 – Wine with Chilli Beef Ramen

I thought a little Oriental influence would be interesting for this round of Combinations. The dish (recipe below) combines plenty of flavours – teriyaki sauce, chilli,Read More

Howard Park Wines at Hotel Du Vin

Howard Park Wines at Hotel Du Vin

To my right is Michael Kerrigan winemaker for Howard Park and on my left sits Henri Chapon, something very important in the Du Vin hotel chain.Read More

New Book: What to Eat With What You Drink

New Book: What to Eat With What You Drink

If you read a number of food blogs on a regular basis you wont fail to see a mention of a new book during October asRead More

Andrew Barrow
5 Oct

Food and Wine Matching – more on Combinations #6

The more thought I have given to the latest wine/food matching challenge – a wine to accompany an early autumnal dish of roast pigeon with aRead More

Andrew Barrow
1 Oct
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