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  • 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.
  • 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
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
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

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27
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24
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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

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The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

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