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Wine Tasting Note: Bravante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, Napa Valley, USA.

Wine Tasting Note: Bravante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, Napa Valley, USA.

Wine Tasting Note: Bravante Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, Napa Valley, USA.Price approximately £30.Aquired a 3/4 full bottle of this yesterday, a wine left over from aRead More

Andrew Barrow
7 Sep
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Combinations 6: Wine for Roast Partridge with Grapes and Walnuts.

Combinations 6: Wine for Roast Partridge with Grapes and Walnuts.

The food and wine matching exercise reaches round 6. To recap the recipes featured on Combinations have been: An Austrian Dessert Baked Mackerel with Rhubarb SauceRead More

Andrew Barrow
5 Sep
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Whisky Trendsetters

What image do you have of whisky drinkers? Older gents with cigars perhaps or Scottish lairds shaking the snow off kilts and furry sporrans. Generally, withRead More

Andrew Barrow
4 Sep
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Chinese Wine.

Many years ago I sampled a red and a white from China – for the novelty factor alone they were ‘interesting’. I recall that was aboutRead More

Andrew Barrow
31 Aug
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Wine Tasting Note: Montpezat Les Enclos, 2004, Languedoc, France

Wine Tasting Note: Montpezat Les Enclos, 2004, Languedoc, France

Wine Tasting Note: Montpezat Les Enclos, 2004, Languedoc, France.Available from Oddbins £7.99.Throwing Syrah (30%) into a vat of Merlot (70%) makes for an unusual blend, especiallyRead More

Andrew Barrow
30 Aug
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Wine Tasting Note: Arnaud Lassalle Pouilly Fume, 2005, Loire, France.

Wine Tasting Note: Arnaud Lassalle Pouilly Fume, 2005, Loire, France.

Wine Tasting Note: Arnaud Lassalle Pouilly Fume, 2005, Loire, France.Waitrose £7.99A bargain at £3 off the regular price. Combining all the hallmarks of a great, punchy,Read More

Andrew Barrow
28 Aug
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An Australian Shiraz and Lamb – Combinations 5.

An Australian Shiraz and Lamb – Combinations 5.

The food was delicious. Not that I expected otherwise but the choicest slabs of finely marbled lamb, grilled until the outer edge was deeply crispy, withRead More

Andrew Barrow
24 Aug
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Two Years Old…

Just realised that Spittoon is exactly two years old today! The first post wasn’t anything particularly interesting; just a mention of an update to the (nowRead More

Andrew Barrow
16 Aug
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A quick chat with Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

Just came off the phone to Ross Bentley,a journalist who is penning a piece for Caterer and Hotelkeeper. Not entirely sure I gave much in theRead More

Andrew Barrow
16 Aug
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Henderson Gulliver Wines

Henderson Gulliver Wines

Did you know that the famous St John restaurant has a wine shop? And an online outlet too? Well indeed they do. HGWines (Henderson Gulliver Wines)Read More

Andrew Barrow
12 Aug
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