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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
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Wine Tasting Note: Cape Heights Limited Release Tinta Barroca 2005, Western Cape, South Africa

Wine Tasting Note: Cape Heights Limited Release Tinta Barroca 2005, Western Cape, South Africa

Wine Tasting Note: Cape Heights Limited Release Tinta Barroca, 2005, Western Cape, South Africa. Currently on offer at Waitrose £4.66 Combining an obscure grape variety –Read More

Andrew Barrow
1 Oct
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Wine With Roast Partridge – Combinations #6

Wine With Roast Partridge – Combinations #6

Following EatingLeeds experiments with matching the dish (Roast Partridge with Grapes and Walnuts from Sophie Grigson’s Country Kitchen) with a red wine that didn’t quite work,Read More

Andrew Barrow
27 Sep
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London’s Best Wine Bar.

London’s Best Wine Bar.

Guess where I was last week! If you follow SpittoonExtra you would of course know it was Vinoteca. This marvellous little place has another accolade –Read More

Andrew Barrow
23 Sep
Wine Tasting Note: Ironstone Vineyards Honeywood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Lodi, California.

Wine Tasting Note: Ironstone Vineyards Honeywood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Lodi, California.

The wine aisle in Tesco seldom excites; even the slightly dusty ‘fine wine’ display in my local branch. But in an attempt to break-away from theRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Sep
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Wine Tasting Note: Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne

Wine Tasting Note: Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne

Gosset Champagne Wine Tasting Note: Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne, NV, Champagne, France.Independents around £30.Straw yellow in colour with a fine stream of bubbles. There is aRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Sep
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Wine Tasting Note: A1 Muvedre, 2005, Alicante, Spain.

Wine Tasting Note: A1 Muvedre, 2005, Alicante, Spain.

Wine Tasting Note: A1 Muvedre, 2005, Alicante, Spain.Brindisa £5.75.(Muvedre must be Mourvèdre ala Monastrell!)The conditions around Alicante on Spain’s Mediterranean coast are ideal for producing heartyRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Sep
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Red Wine tastes of Port, White Like Peaches in Brandy.

Hugh Johnson, one of the UK’s top wine experts has “declared war” on the fashion for ever-greater alcohol content in our favourite liquid, branding the newRead More

Andrew Barrow
11 Sep
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Wine Tasting Note: Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.Independents £9.99.A fresh and zingy Marlborough Sauvignon – a superb pink grapefruit, lime and gooseberry aromaRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Sep
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A mention in Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

Pity they didn’t manage to set an active link to spittoon but here is the article on blogging written by Ross Bentley for Caterer and Hotelkeeper.Read More

Andrew Barrow
9 Sep
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