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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 2: Wine to accompany an Austrian dessert.

Beau, the fancy shirted chap behind Basic Juice, is off to Austria; and by heck don’t he want everyone to know about it! Discovering an oldishRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Gaia Estate 14-18 Rosé, 2004, Peloponnese, Greece.

Wine Tasting Note: Gaia Estate 14-18 Rosé, 2004, Peloponnese, Greece.

Wine Tasting Note: Gaia Estate 14-18 Rosé, 2004, Peloponnese, Greece.Available from Oddbins for £5.99.A few friends, some wonderfully warm weather, a free-flowing rosé to accompany aRead More

Combinations: Matching Baked Mackerel With Wine.

Combinations: Matching Baked Mackerel With Wine.

Defying its simplicity, the recipe for Baked Mackerel served with a Rhubarb sauce or compote, produces a delicious main course. Rhubarb is now in season, mackerelRead More

Chimney Creek Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Chimney Creek Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Chimney Creek Sauvignon Blanc, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.Available from Oddbins (2006) for £6.99Yet another Kiwi Sauvignon. You all know the drill – fresh,Read More

George Washington’s Whiskey Distillery.

For the first time in 200 years, 18th century-style stills are being installed at the soon-to-be reconstructed George Washington’s Whiskey Distillery in America. Daily Press“The distillery,Read More

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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

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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
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