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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
Grove Mill Carbon Neutral

Grove Mill Carbon Neutral

New Zealand producer Grove Mill has released a carbon neutral wine in the UK; not having seen any other wine claim the honour this could beRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Jan

Wine With Reindeer and Kangaroo

A request – suggestions for wines to accompany Kangaroo and Reindeer. My knowledge is sadly lacking in this important culinary sphere so I called on aRead More

Chinese Nude Run

At bit late on this one but Police in central China have scotched a wine maker’s plans for a mass Christmas Eve “nude run” which theRead More

Andrew Barrow
6 Jan
Vineyard Worker at Chateau Preuillac, Medoc

Vineyard Worker at Chateau Preuillac, Medoc

Yesterday morning I was tramping around a field in the Medoc, it was bloody freezing; beautiful day but a bone-numbing wind keeping temperatures well below freezing.Read More

Threshers – the conclusion?

Threshers is not giving away anything in regards to their voucher promotion; a simple marketing idea that appears to have run away with itself. The viralRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Dec
Wine Tasting Note: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière, 2004, Pic St Loup, France

Wine Tasting Note: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière, 2004, Pic St Loup, France

The second wine from the small order from Pic Wines. This delightful red hails from the heart of the Pic Saint Loup cru. Mas The currentRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Dec
Domaine de Lauroux Armagnac

Domaine de Lauroux Armagnac

Ever heard of white Armagnac? It’s a new concept, an attempt to capture some of the successes of white spirits (vodka mainly), but is also designedRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Dec
Vermouth by Gerard Noel

Vermouth by Gerard Noel

Punt e Mes; a bottom shelf bottle back in the “them were the days” days of running a wine merchant. Not exactly neglected, more ignored andRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Dec

Bad News For Threshers? Not In The Slightest!

The newspapers, as is their wont, are putting the bad news spin on the Thresher promo… but really how bad is it for the company? PerhapsRead More

Andrew Barrow
2 Dec

Threshers Voucher 40% Off Wines… too successful for the company?

Has Threshers been caught unawares over the 40% Off Voucher? As Rob mentions in the comments to my original post the campaign has now appeared onRead More

Andrew Barrow
1 Dec

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