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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube Château Léoube Rosé de Léoube It seems to have escaped my attention that the people behind Daylesford Organics farm in Gloucestershire are also those who have, since 1997, owned Château Léoube

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
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Most expensive bottle of wine ever sold.

Most expensive bottle of wine ever sold.

Yquem 1787 A day late on this one but the worlds most expensive wine bottle… NewsWire“One wine connoisseur has just bought what is thought to beRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Framingham Wines, New Zealand.

Framingham Wines, New Zealand.

More wines from the 25th Anniversary New Zealand Wine Tasting at Lords, these from Framingham Wines in Marlborough. The company name is taken from the villageRead More

Maven Wines, New Zealand

Maven Wines, New Zealand

I was bowled over with the Maven Wine range – from the superb packaging through to the flavours of the wines themselves. Based in the rapauraRead More

Wine Blogging Wednesday #18: Wine Shops.

Wine Blogging Wednesday #18: Wine Shops.

The UK is blessed with a plethora of specialist wine merchants. At the last count, before UKWinesOnline was closed, the listings counted nearly 400. These rangeRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Porter Mill Station Chardonnay, 2004, South Africa.

Wine Tasting Note: Porter Mill Station Chardonnay, 2004, South Africa.

Wine Tasting Note: Porter Mill Station Chardonnay, 2004, Swartland, South Africa. Flying Corkscrew £6.99.Disappointing. It is all very well being fresh, crisp, light and perfectly drinkableRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Trevor Mast Four Sisters Shiraz, 2002, Australia.

Wine Tasting Note: Trevor Mast Four Sisters Shiraz, 2002, Australia.

Four Sisters is the creation of Trevor Mast, owner and winemaker at Mount Langi Ghiran, world famous for its Langi. One year his four daughters createdRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Alejandro Fernández El Vínculo Crianza, 2002, La Mancha, Spain

Wine Tasting Note: Alejandro Fernández El Vínculo Crianza, 2002, La Mancha, Spain

La Mancha, the sprawling plateau south of Madrid, is not re-known for high quality; it’s main claim being the largest wine-growing region both in Spain andRead More

Andrew Barrow
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More Unwins News.

While the last owners of Unwins seek to sue those they brought the company off for false accounting, suppliers to the firm are looking for recompense.Read More

Andrew Barrow
15 Jan
Wine Tasting Note: Stormhoek Shiraz, 2003, Western Cape, South Africa.

Wine Tasting Note: Stormhoek Shiraz, 2003, Western Cape, South Africa.

Late Friday. Only one thing will save us now – red wine and cheese on toast. Not the heights of culinary creativity but with a mobRead More

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