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  • 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.
  • 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.
Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Pinot Noir, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Pinot Noir, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

This months Wine Blogging Wednesday has had New Zealand Reds designated as the theme by Cork Dork. Damn fine theme. I seldom purchase Kiwi Reds; theyRead More

Good News for Ex-Unwins Staff.

Good news for some anyway. As local newspapers around the south east report which of their local Unwins stores are to be brought by Threshers IRead More

Andrew Barrow
30 Dec
Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Served on Boxing Day with a starter of Goats Cheese salad made festive with the addition of cranberries and a dressing of clementine juice, cassis andRead More

Threshers Buys 200 Unwins Stores.

Luckily, for many ex-Unwins staff, Threshers (the UK’s largest national chain of off-licences) has just purchased 200 Unwins branches. They already operate 2,000 branches under theRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Dec
Wine Tasting Note: Croft Quinta da Roeda, 1987, Douro, Portugal.

Wine Tasting Note: Croft Quinta da Roeda, 1987, Douro, Portugal.

Croft Quinta Da Roeda 1987 Quinta da Roeda has the quaint tradition of planting a tree every year they produce a port from the vineyard. ForRead More

Andrew Barrow
22 Dec

Unwins Update.

As staff pack their bags the Telegraph states that DM Private Equity, who purchased the chain in March, claim a discrepancy in the accounts that amountsRead More

Andrew Barrow
22 Dec

Unwins Closes.

The BBC reports on Unwins – the staff are now redundant and all 350 stores have closed. BBC.co.uk“Some 1,400 workers for beleaguered off-licence chain Unwins haveRead More

Andrew Barrow
20 Dec

Unwins Latest News.

For those following the collapse of the Unwins chain of off-licences the Telegraph reports that 25 interested parties have expressed an interest in the group. SomeRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Dec
Le Rosy Causing A Storm.

Le Rosy Causing A Storm.

Le Rosy As reported in the “Depeche du Midi”, a French daily newspaper in southern France: “This bottle has scandalised feminists, not for its contents –Read More

Andrew Barrow
18 Dec

Unwins Close to Collapse.

I knew it wouldn’t last – Unwins is close to collapse according to the Times. I just hope all those who were slated for redundancy receiveRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Dec

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