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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: Ironstone Vineyards Honeywood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Lodi, California.

Wine Tasting Note: Ironstone Vineyards Honeywood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Lodi, California.

The wine aisle in Tesco seldom excites; even the slightly dusty ‘fine wine’ display in my local branch. But in an attempt to break-away from theRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Sep
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Wine Tasting Note: Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne

Wine Tasting Note: Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne

Gosset Champagne Wine Tasting Note: Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne, NV, Champagne, France.Independents around £30.Straw yellow in colour with a fine stream of bubbles. There is aRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Sep
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Wine Tasting Note: A1 Muvedre, 2005, Alicante, Spain.

Wine Tasting Note: A1 Muvedre, 2005, Alicante, Spain.

Wine Tasting Note: A1 Muvedre, 2005, Alicante, Spain.Brindisa £5.75.(Muvedre must be Mourvèdre ala Monastrell!)The conditions around Alicante on Spain’s Mediterranean coast are ideal for producing heartyRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Sep
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Red Wine tastes of Port, White Like Peaches in Brandy.

Hugh Johnson, one of the UK’s top wine experts has “declared war” on the fashion for ever-greater alcohol content in our favourite liquid, branding the newRead More

Andrew Barrow
11 Sep
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Wine Tasting Note: Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.Independents £9.99.A fresh and zingy Marlborough Sauvignon – a superb pink grapefruit, lime and gooseberry aromaRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Sep
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A mention in Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

Pity they didn’t manage to set an active link to spittoon but here is the article on blogging written by Ross Bentley for Caterer and Hotelkeeper.Read More

Andrew Barrow
9 Sep
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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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