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  • 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,
A Wine For Crispy Lemon Chicken

A Wine For Crispy Lemon Chicken

Alex over at Eating Leeds selected a rather tasty sounding New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to accompany the food for this round of Combinations. It is roundRead More

How To Photograph Wine Bottles – 10 tips

How To Photograph Wine Bottles – 10 tips

After a recent rant concerning the poor quality of many images on wine merchant shopping sites here are some hints and tips covering How To PhotographRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Tasting Note: Chapillon Syrah/Merlot, 2005, Cariñena, Spain

Wine Tasting Note: Chapillon Syrah/Merlot, 2005, Cariñena, Spain

Christophe Chapillon is a Frenchman and a “somewhat maverick businessman” living in Zaragoza, Spain. He recently sourced some old vine Syrah and Merlot, and asked ManuelRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Men ‘Pretend To be Wine Buffs To Impress’

Now I participate in the YouGov polls quite regularly but didn’t see the survey that this report is based on where one-in-four men try to impressRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Combinations 10: Pak Choi with Crispy Lemon Chicken

Combinations 10: Pak Choi with Crispy Lemon Chicken

Something simple for this months little food and wine matching exercise – Pak Choi with Crispy Lemon Chicken. I am sure it is not difficult toRead More

Wine Blogging Wednesday – Box Wines & Non-Traditional Packaging

Wine Blogging Wednesday – Box Wines & Non-Traditional Packaging

Is it the wine snob in me? Why have I never reviewed a bag-in-box wine? Have to admit though that they have this ‘image’, an imageRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Five Rules For Matching Wine With Food

Reams and reams of writing have been produced on matching wine and food. Entire books in fact – some of them rather excellent* – have beenRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wine Tasting Note: Di Martino Legado Syrah, 2005, Choapa Valley, Chile

Wine Tasting Note: Di Martino Legado Syrah, 2005, Choapa Valley, Chile

Is it Syrah or Shiraz? Not that it matters but unusually for a New World bottling the label uses the French Syrah rather than the moreRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Penin Guide to Spanish Wine by Jose Penin

The bible for Spanish wine lovers is the Jose Penin guide. The latest version is about to be released in English. For over 25 years JoseRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Quinta da Alorna Portal da Águia, 2005, Ribatejo, Portugal

Wine Tasting Note: Quinta da Alorna Portal da Águia, 2005, Ribatejo, Portugal

A rummage around the bottom shelves in Oddbins unearthed this little beaut. Forget those crusty old, baked, oxidised, fruitless Portuguese whites of old and embrace thisRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 Jan

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