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Sunlight on Italian Vines

Sunlight on Italian Vines

With the American Wine Bloggers Conference in full swing over in Portland – tweets from friends there brought to mind the excellent time spent last yearRead More

Piggy Bank Wine

Piggy Bank Wine

It’s pretty much a given that wine in general and wine retailing specifically has not really grasped the ‘social media’ aspects of the internet. Despite allRead More

Tractor Amongst the Vines

Tractor Amongst the Vines

A tractor doing what tractors do… in the vineyards surrounding the Rene Barbier winery in Spain. Tractor Amongst the Vines, Rene Barbier, Spain – the latestRead More

Andrew Barrow
12 Aug

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Visiting Cava Country, Barcelona

Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

On the surface the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is rather non-descript. Most of the town sits on a hill above the Laverno River. Apart from

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Cava Country - Vines in the Fog

Cava Country - Vines in the Fog

A foggy day in Cava country; a pre-breakfast wander from the hotel over the road to a vineyard. Not a clue who owns it nor the

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The Wines of Artemayor

The Wines of Artemayor

Surrounded as we were by old railway carriages, great hulking bruts of steam engines and a more delicate vernacular train, just about made this wine tasting

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Cava Vines In The Fog

Cava Vines In The Fog

While I had hoped for a interesting sunrise – I was out in the dark stomping around the edges of a vineyard opposite the hotel for

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Visiting Chablis

Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard

Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard

To be honest after awhile oak wine barrels loose their attraction. Multiple winery visits in the space of a few days and all the cellars, all

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Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Not all wineries are housed in grand chateaux, nor in quaint country houses or ultra modern architect designed complexes. Some are housed in little more than

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The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

To the South West of the village of Chablis lies the hamlet of Préhy. If you take the D2 from Chablis you eventually pass this church,

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Wine Related Photographs

Cava Country - Vines in the Fog

Cava Country - Vines in the Fog

A foggy day in Cava country; a pre-breakfast wander from the hotel over the road to a vineyard. Not a clue who owns it nor the

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Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Not all wineries are housed in grand chateaux, nor in quaint country houses or ultra modern architect designed complexes. Some are housed in little more than

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Through The Square Window

Through The Square Window

I am, as they say, between trips. A whale of a time in and around Barcelona experiencing the 50 Great Cavas is soon to be followed

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Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde

Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde

If you are not running down to Sainsbury’s with a crisp tenner flapping in your hand after seeing this video, I’ll be very surprised. With that

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Visit Bordeaux

Moustachioed Wine Man

Moustachioed Wine Man

Somewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the

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Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

A photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a

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Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

Bacchus, here resplendent with bulbous red nose and bushy red beard, as painted on the side of a wine barrel. Chateau Haut Sarpe, deep in the

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Petit Comptoir Francais

Petit Comptoir Francais

I 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

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Discover The Origin: The Douro

View of Vila Nova De Gaia

View of Vila Nova De Gaia

The weather wasn’t really playing along. It was cold, the wind was chilling things down further, and frankly the thought of a cosy breakfast was far

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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just 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

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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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

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IVDP Library

IVDP Library

The regulator and testing centre for all still and fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley is housed in a suitably majestic building in the heart

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Selected Recent Posts

Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde

Ilja Gort and Château la Tulipe de la Garde

If you are not running down to Sainsbury’s with a crisp tenner flapping in your hand after seeing this video, I’ll be very surprised. With that

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Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs

Drink London The 100 Best Bars and Pubs

Bar Pepito, yep heard of it but never been… Vinoteca… been to all of them… Terroirs… which wine lover hasn’t been there? I’m flicking through Drink

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Cocktails at Scarfes

Cocktails at Scarfes

I have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails were

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The Sommelier at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

The Sommelier at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

I was in a restaurant once where, on asking the sommelier – crisply suited with a dangling, shiny, tastevin hanging around his neck – for a

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