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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

Wine Tasting Note: Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.

Not something you see much of is Sauvignon Gris, especially from the New World. This example brought in from Chile is the only example I haveRead More

A Wine for Wagamama’s Chili Beef Ramen – Combinations #7

A Wine for Wagamama’s Chili Beef Ramen – Combinations #7

Coincidentally just a couple of days after selecting this dish as the basis for Combinations #7 the opportunity arose to eat at Wagamama; of course IRead More

PIC Wines Tasting

PIC Wines Tasting

We arrived late; not conducive to a relaxed tasting especially when everyone else is slurping on the dessert muscat and are well settled into the wholeRead More

Combinations #7 – Wine with Chilli Beef Ramen

Combinations #7 – Wine with Chilli Beef Ramen

I thought a little Oriental influence would be interesting for this round of Combinations. The dish (recipe below) combines plenty of flavours – teriyaki sauce, chilli,Read More

Howard Park Wines at Hotel Du Vin

Howard Park Wines at Hotel Du Vin

To my right is Michael Kerrigan winemaker for Howard Park and on my left sits Henri Chapon, something very important in the Du Vin hotel chain.Read More

New Book: What to Eat With What You Drink

New Book: What to Eat With What You Drink

If you read a number of food blogs on a regular basis you wont fail to see a mention of a new book during October asRead More

Andrew Barrow
5 Oct

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
1 Oct
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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

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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

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The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

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