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  • Moustachioed Wine ManMoustachioed Wine ManSomewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the
  • 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
  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonWinery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonA photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a
  • Cocktails at ScarfesCocktails at ScarfesI have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails were
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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

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
1 Mar

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
26 Feb
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

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