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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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Barrel Cellar Senorio de Otazu

Barrel Cellar Senorio de Otazu

It is an impressive building, still being constructed as far as I could tell. And certainly set up to cater for tourists. There is a smallRead More

Brockmans Gin and Ginger Squared

Brockmans Gin and Ginger Squared

Autumn… no escape, it be here! G&T’s are so summer, so get with the season and try out a new cocktail – Gin and Ginger Squared.Read More

Andrew Barrow
16 Oct
Bottle Rack, Monjardin Winery, Navarra, Spain

Bottle Rack, Monjardin Winery, Navarra, Spain

The wines from Bodegas Monjardin are not currently available in the UK. Their range is good, honest, drinkable and affordable stuff. Perhaps not the most excitingRead More

Grape Harvest at Ochoa, Navarra, Spain

Grape Harvest at Ochoa, Navarra, Spain

A fantastic few days just spent in Navarra, Spain. Made even more special as the visit coincided with the grape harvest. Quite a unique experience asRead More

Window and Barrels at Senorio de Otazu

Window and Barrels at Senorio de Otazu

It is rather a cliché in saying that many wineries are temples or cathedrals of wine. Many a pound has been expended on lavish buildings overRead More

Laphroaig Live 2013

Laphroaig Live 2013

Laphroaig Live 2013, now in its seventh year and this year’s show will be broadcast live from the city that never sleeps, New York. A ‘near-as-darn-it’Read More

Andrew Barrow
25 Sep
Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth

Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth

To be honest the Tonnix failed to impress. Despite the funky art label and the “white wine for seafood” descriptive this white Douro lack a littleRead More

London Cru The First Grapes Arrive

London Cru The First Grapes Arrive

London’s first winery ‘London Cru’ took delivery of its first shipment of grapes, Syrah from the Languedoc-Roussillon. Here’s how it went… Backed by a partnership betweenRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Sep
Vedett Extra Blond Beer

Vedett Extra Blond Beer

Belgian beer brand Vedett has received a label makeover. I took a snap specifically for this weeks Sunday Photo spot but failed to realise that theRead More

Nino Franco Faìve Rosé Brut Spumante

Nino Franco Faìve Rosé Brut Spumante

I felt it on the breeze, that subtle change of the seasons as a breeze sent shivers through a rose bush. The last of the summerRead More

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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

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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

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