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  • A Wine For Your BurgerA Wine For Your BurgerToday is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy and
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  • Charles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe's Top Tips On Wines For Summer PairingsCharles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. We
  • 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
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  • 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.
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

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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
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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
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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

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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

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Combinations 4: Combos Goes Green

Combinations 4: Combos Goes Green

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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
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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

Visiting Bisol and Prosecco.

Visiting Bisol and Prosecco.

Plenty of correspondence regarding my Italian trip – sorry for the lack of specific location details. Prosecco is a small wine region directly north of Venice.Read More

More from the helicopter.

More from the helicopter.

Three more images from my Bisol sponsored Italian trip. More info here and details of the wines. More images of vineyards and the trip in generalRead More

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