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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
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

Wine Tasting Note: Clavel Les Catalognes, 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc, France.

Wine Tasting Note: Clavel Les Catalognes, 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc, France.

A hearty meal was called for tonight; something warming, unfancy and wholesome; a Shepard’s pie seemed ideal. Fine mince lamb, chopped onion, a few herbs andRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Alpha Domus Unoaked Chardonnay, 2004, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Alpha Domus Unoaked Chardonnay, 2004, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Served at lunch with feta cheese stuffed pitta bread and later a dinner of prawns and homemade ciabatta bread. Wine Tasting Note: Alpha Domus Unoaked Chardonnay,Read More

Bloggersmeet – Six Wines From Spain.

Bloggersmeet – Six Wines From Spain.

A superb time spent in East London last Saturday. Six foodie bloggers met-up for a little wine and food from Spain tasting. When I say littleRead More

Two Chardonnays – disappointing.

Two Chardonnays – disappointing.

Ignoring the wines from the Saturday Bloggermeet (Spanish Wine and Food; tasting notes to come) I have sampled, nay, drunk two disappointing wines over the lastRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Nov
Wine with Beef Stew.

Wine with Beef Stew.

Beef stew or beef casserole – is there a difference? It matters little. We cracked open two wines to accompany beef slow-cooked in stock and redRead More

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