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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

Red Wine Is Good For You – Even Better If It Is From Madiran

Scientists in the UK are suggesting that red wines from two small regions, one in South West France, the other the island of Sardinia, have theRead More

Andrew Barrow
30 Nov
Combinations A Wine To Match A Lamb Stew

Combinations A Wine To Match A Lamb Stew

I have to agree with Alex on the recipe – what exactly is the point of adding Cranberry Sauce to the gravy? Served separately the flavourRead More

Thresher 40 Per Cent Off Voucher

Thresher 40 Per Cent Off Voucher

It’s a secret – but download and print the voucher and you can claim 40% off all wine purchases at Threshers. No promotion, no advertising, justRead More

Andrew Barrow
24 Nov
Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure

Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure

Well it mad me laugh, even if others are not quite as enraptured. Oz Clarke author (author and wine expert) tramps around France with James May,Read More

Andrew Barrow
24 Nov
New: Fine Wine Magazine

New: Fine Wine Magazine

Sporting a white-bearded Coppola pontificating on a red wine on its cover the Winter 2006 issue of FineWine Magazine is now available. Fine Wine is aRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Nov
Combinations 8 – Wine With Lamb Stew

Combinations 8 – Wine With Lamb Stew

With the wind howling through the trees outside my window, dumping great piles of soggy if gloriously coloured leaves on the doorstep, thoughts of deeply warmingRead More

Wine Competitions – Money Making Scams?

Controversial article in the Times today discussing the role of wine competitions. Are, as they suggest, just money making schemes for the organisers or ‘scrupulously fair’Read More

Andrew Barrow
10 Nov

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
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