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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: 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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Unwins and the Million Pounds.

The administrators to Unwins, the off-licence chain that collapsed late last year, are attempting to recover more than £1m that has been held in limbo sinceRead More

Andrew Barrow
17 Jul
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Whisky Galore Remake Scuppered.

It appears that the remake of Whisky Galore have been scuppered with the film-makers arguing over anti-Scottish casting, finance and whether the project will go aheadRead More

Andrew Barrow
17 Jul
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Stolen during flight: Indian PM’s whiskey.

To be filed in the ‘what were they thinking of’ draw – crew members of Air India 1 (used for VIPs) stole whiskey intended for theRead More

Andrew Barrow
12 Jul
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Wine Tasting Note: Leasingham Magnus Riesling, 2003, Clare Valley, Australia.

Wine Tasting Note: Leasingham Magnus Riesling, 2003, Clare Valley, Australia.

I don’t like this. But is that because it is Riesling or just this particular version. I imagine you are asking what exactly I don’t likeRead More

Andrew Barrow
11 Jul
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Combinations 4: Combos Goes Green

Combinations 4: Combos Goes Green

Basic Juice is hosting round 4 of Combinations. This is a simple event taking a specified recipe, replicating it, and finding a matching wine. Beau hasRead More

Andrew Barrow
8 Jul
Vintage Wine Poster: Malesan, Bordeaux.

Vintage Wine Poster: Malesan, Bordeaux.

How about a little wine poster porn for a Wednesday? The image here is by Bergerac born Jean-Pierre Got. He producers, exclusively it would seem, vintage-styledRead More

Andrew Barrow
28 Jun
Combinations 3: Flatbreads with Spiced Chicken, Pistachios and Roasted Peppers.

Combinations 3: Flatbreads with Spiced Chicken, Pistachios and Roasted Peppers.

Begun as a little exercise between myself and Beau at Basic Juice, Combinations, was designed to generate interesting content for our respective blogs. Not that BeauRead More

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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 thatRead More

27
Jul

The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

You can drink – or rather sip, seeing the prices – some of the most luxurious of wines in Max Bordeaux. They had Chateau Haut-Brion 2007Read More

24
Jul

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 forRead More

20
Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A 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 LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

18
Jul

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 hadRead More

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