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  • Tons Duorum BrancoTons Duorum BrancoOK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca Lirico
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  • Domaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionDomaine Savagny Cotes du Jura TraditionA little box of wines was delivered the other week; inside a mix of red and white wine from across France. Also in the box a
  • Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner Enaleni’s Dream Chardonnay and Shiraz Social Wine winner The world’s first ever crowd-sourced wine has launched following the success of a nationwide competition to find a new wine logo design. A housewife from Buckinghamshire,
  • Favourite Wintertime WinesFavourite Wintertime WinesA challenge – pick three wines (one red, one white and a sparkling) as your ‘Favourite Wintertime Wines’ with the stipulation that they must all retail
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Wine Tasting Note: Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port, Portugal.

Wine Tasting Note: Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port, Portugal.

‘Tis the season for port – trah la la. Who drinks port in the summer for goodness sake? Well me actually; a rather nice chilled whiteRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 Dec

Unwins Shop Closures and Sell-Offs.

Unwins, as the Independent reports, has closed a batch of branches and has began selling off 40 more of its stores. Independent.co.uk“Staff morale has reached aRead More

Andrew Barrow
8 Dec
Wine Blogging Wednesday 16 – Judge A Bottle By Its Cover.

Wine Blogging Wednesday 16 – Judge A Bottle By Its Cover.

What should I select? One of those ‘funky’ labels with bright colours and cartoonish graphics or something more sedate, classy and refined. The gold on yesterday’sRead More

Andrew Barrow
7 Dec

Unwins Woes Continue.

The problems at Unwins – a 400 strong chain in the South East of England – continue. Not only are the stores totally empty of stockRead More

Andrew Barrow
5 Dec
Maori Names on New Zealand Wines.

Maori Names on New Zealand Wines.

I wonder how far this will get – it sounds great to me, a real attempt to inject a little unique New Zealand culture onto oneRead More

Pimm’s and Pimm’s Based Cocktails

Pimm’s and Pimm’s Based Cocktails

Created by James Pimm in his 1820`s Oyster Bar. Pimm began to market it ready-mixed in 1859, such was its popularity. It was taken as aRead More

Andrew Barrow
30 Nov
Diva Vodka.

Diva Vodka.

What’s all this about – an expensive vodka with a tube of ‘gems’ inside? Apparently the tubes are filled by severely disable people who gain muchRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 Nov
Wine Tasting Note: Croft Distinction Port, Portugal.

Wine Tasting Note: Croft Distinction Port, Portugal.

The first port of the year. It is a ‘basic’ ruby port – ruby being the intro level of port and one I guess most peopleRead More

Andrew Barrow
29 Nov
Chocolate Infused Port.

Chocolate Infused Port.

About to appear in a present near you – probably from your gran – a Chocolate Infused Port. Sounds terrible. But Marks and Spencer’s have thisRead More

Andrew Barrow
26 Nov
WIne Tasting Note: Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, Maipo Valley, Chile.

WIne Tasting Note: Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003, Maipo Valley, Chile.

This is growing on me. Unimpressed on initial sample – yeh, it’s a cab. minty, blah blah… accompanied a simple meal of venison sausages and chive-spikedRead More

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Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

My three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of aRead More

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Riedel Horn Decanter Performance

Would certainly add an interesting finale after the contents have been drained – I’m thinking of those late night hotel ‘tasting’ sessions at the DWCC forRead More

13
Apr

Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

A rather tenuous link to wine photo for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot I’m afraid. Taken this morning, at dawn, a photo of Wallingford bridge asRead More

9
Apr

Gin Lab Experience at COLD

Locating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –Read More

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Apr

Tons Duorum Branco

OK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca LiricoRead More

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Mar

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

Perhaps a slightly over-ambitious claim but this info-thang does give some pointers to pairing wine and chocolate. It was drawn up by those lovely people atRead More

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