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  • A Wine For Your BurgerA Wine For Your BurgerToday is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy and
  • Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonWinery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-BartonA photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a
  • 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,
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

Wine Blogging Wednesday #15 – Small Production Wines.

Wine Blogging Wednesday #15 – Small Production Wines.

This months theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday is limited production wines; wines where there are fewer than 250 cases made. A difficult theme as selected byRead More

Andrew Barrow
2 Nov
Wine Tasting Note: Tamerici Sauvignon, 2002, Salento, Italy.

Wine Tasting Note: Tamerici Sauvignon, 2002, Salento, Italy.

Six wines I have sampled today; and they were all pants. Apart from one. Over-doing it at a Hallowe’en shindig last night didn’t help; tequila roséRead More

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