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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube It seems to have escaped my attention that the people behind Daylesford Organics farm in Gloucestershire are also those who have, since 1997, owned Château Léoube
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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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Wine Library TV

Wine Library TV

I feel sure I ran across this site some weeks ago but failed to mention it (so thanks Kevin for the reminder)… Wine Library TV isRead More

Andrew Barrow
11 Aug
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Matching Champagne and Food

Matching Champagne and Food

What to eat with Champagne? There seems to be little available online in regards to specifics matches of champagne styles with food; excpet for a littleRead More

Combinations #5: Combinations Goes South

We move to Memphis, Tennessee for some real Southern cooking for the fifth round of Combinations. Benito, our host this month, has selected a superb soundingRead More

Andrew Barrow
5 Aug
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Wine Tasting Note: Terre de Fumée Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, Coteaux du Gennois, Loire, France.

Wine Tasting Note: Terre de Fumée Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, Coteaux du Gennois, Loire, France.

I’m scratching my head desperately trying to recall if I am supposed to be buying a red wine (“Just buy the bloody bottle… it will goRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Aug
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Wine Tasting Note: Plain-Point Blanc, 2004, South West France.

Wine Tasting Note: Plain-Point Blanc, 2004, South West France.

Intriguing – a mix of grapes from Bordeaux and Jurançon, all in one stylishly packaged bottle. Details reveal that the Sauvignon Blanc (that’s the Bordeaux bit)Read More

Andrew Barrow
31 Jul
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WineBot – Grape Analyser

Is this little gizmo going to put wine tasters out of business? Japanese scientists have invented a winebot that can analyse 30 different grapes and combinationsRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 Jul
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Combinations: Prawns and Fresh Herb Dip

Combinations: Prawns and Fresh Herb Dip

Araldica Madonnia Gavi There is nothing more vibrant than fresh mint; coupled with a little parsley, a little olive oil, lemon juice and zest and aRead More

Andrew Barrow
24 Jul
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