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  • Tons Duorum BrancoTons Duorum BrancoOK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca Lirico
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  • Glass of Wine at Trattoria La CasalingaGlass of Wine at Trattoria La CasalingaA carafe of the house vino, lightish, generously flavoured and slightly rustic but no less enjoyable for that. Washed down this mammoth dish of boar sauced
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  • Black Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackBlack Country Metal Works Riot Wine RackDisaster! I was waving the Dyson about like a mad thing possessed, hyped by a fab tune on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 show, and noticed
  • Tasca d'AlmeritaTasca d'AlmeritaBlack and White Photograph: The Winery, Vines and Vineyards of Tasca d'Almerita, Sicily taken during a 2013 tour by the Circle of Wine Writers
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  • Domaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionDomaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionA little box of wines was delivered the other week; inside a mix of red and white wine from across France. Also in the box a
  • Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner The world’s first ever crowd-sourced wine has launched following the success of a nationwide competition to find a new wine logo design. A housewife from Buckinghamshire,
  • Favourite Wintertime WinesFavourite Wintertime WinesA challenge – pick three wines (one red, one white and a sparkling) as your ‘Favourite Wintertime Wines’ with the stipulation that they must all retail
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Wine Tasting Note: Fox Creek Verdelho, 2004, South Australia.

Wine Tasting Note: Fox Creek Verdelho, 2004, South Australia.

A single varietal but not a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon or a Riesling, the theme for this months Wine Blogging Wednesday. Scouring the shelves of Chile andRead More

Deep Space Alcohol.

Universe Today reports that astronomers have located a gigantic cloud of alcohol surrounding a stellar nursery. The cloud measures half a trillion km across (300 billionRead More

Andrew Barrow
5 Apr

Combinations 1: Wine to Accompany Mackerel.

For the opening round of Combinations the Wine and Food Matching Challenge I have selected a recipe that appeared in last weekends Times – Baked MackerelRead More

Curious Brew – New Beers.

Curious Brew – New Beers.

Curious Brew is a range of three beers that are a fusion of brewing and wine-making techniques. They are the result of a co-operation between OwenRead More

Andrew Barrow
3 Apr

Alsace under Screwcap

That bastion of tradition, Alsace, is to have its first range of wines bottled under screwcap. Oh, hold on… it is not the first wine underRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 Mar
A mention in Olive.

A mention in Olive.

I am sure no one else has even noticed; certainly no one is going to be inclined to blog about it. So I will. Spittoon hasRead More

Andrew Barrow
21 Mar
Wine Tasting Note: Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve, 2003, England.

Wine Tasting Note: Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve, 2003, England.

With a dozen plump and juicy king prawns bedding down amongst the slices of green beans the paella is almost done; deeply coloured rice retaining aRead More

Andrew Barrow
20 Mar
Wine Tasting Note: Chapel Down English Rose, 2004, England.

Wine Tasting Note: Chapel Down English Rose, 2004, England.

Another wine from a little box of goodies sent by Chapel Down; actually quite a big box with beers and several wines included. This has quiteRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Mar
Wine Tasting Note: Chapel Down Pinot Reserve, 2001, England.

Wine Tasting Note: Chapel Down Pinot Reserve, 2001, England.

Hell, why not? A bottle of bubbly on a Monday – decadent, crazy even, but certainly fun. Excessive maybe at just under twenty quid a bottle;Read More

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Thoughts of soapy water, of biting alcohol and of paraffin should be laid to one side. For here, in this lightly frosted bottle, is a liquidRead More

Andrew Barrow
12 Mar

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13
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Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

A rather tenuous link to wine photo for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot I’m afraid. Taken this morning, at dawn, a photo of Wallingford bridge asRead More

9
Apr

Gin Lab Experience at COLD

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Apr

Tons Duorum Branco

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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

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Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

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