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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
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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

ISake Premium

ISake Premium

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
Wine Tasting Note: Joubert-Tradauw Syrah, 2004, Klein Karoo, South Africa.

Wine Tasting Note: Joubert-Tradauw Syrah, 2004, Klein Karoo, South Africa.

I dive into Oddbins as the splatter of rain develops a into a head-stinging hail storm. It is not going to pass quickly. With half aRead More

Iconic Australia – Australia Day Tasting.

Iconic Australia – Australia Day Tasting.

The scrum around the Iconic Australia tasting table was not the most conducive to serious sampling and note writing; being interrupted by some ol’ fart comparingRead More

White Cabernet – Cabernet Cygne Blanc.

Costing around £12 a bottle a new variety – Cabernet Cygne Blanc – is to be offered from a South African producer. The variety is aRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Unwins: Missing Cash

Myles Halley of KPMG, Unwins’ administrator, told creditors last Friday he was investigating deals where assets were sold for less than their true value, as wellRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Vinho Verde from Afros.

Vinho Verde from Afros.

Received a batch of Portuguese wines the other day; unsolicited direct from the producer. In the accompanying notes there is a mention of a white madeRead More

Investigations into Unwins.

How does this sound to you – we transferred money out of the company as there was a lot of theft. Shouldn’t the police have beenRead More

Andrew Barrow
12 Feb

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