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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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Tutankhamen Drank Red Wine.

An archaeologist has created a tool to discover the colour of ancient wine. Maria Rosa Guasch-Jane has also found that an ancient Egyptian drink, shedeh, wasRead More

Andrew Barrow
26 Oct

Italy is facing a quality revolution.

Italy faces the major problem of dropping export sales in the face of energetic New World competition. Ten years ago, the Euro Old World controlled 90pcRead More

Andrew Barrow
24 Oct
Wine With Smoked Haddock Chowder.

Wine With Smoked Haddock Chowder.

Rob rustled up an excellent chowder last night. Little more than par-boiled, diced potatoes, gently fried onion, a tin of sweetcorn simmered for a while inRead More

South Africa Mega Tasting – Wine Recommendations.

South Africa Mega Tasting – Wine Recommendations.

The biggest South African tasting in the UK ever I believe. A mass of producers from every region offering wine in all the permutations you canRead More

Rioja In Retail Tasting.

Rioja In Retail Tasting.

I am falling behind in writing up all the tastings I have been to recently. This small tasting, dedicated to just one region and with theRead More

Mitchelton Wines Australia.

Mitchelton Wines Australia.

“Mitchelton is situated on the banks of the Goulburn River in the heart of Central Victoria. Thirty five years of meticulous attention to viticulture and winemakingRead More

Guinness Advert – Rhythm of Life

Guinness Advert – Rhythm of Life

The Guinness Rhythm of Life advert – perhaps the best drink advert of all time – although the award winning tic follows toc horses one isRead More

Andrew Barrow
4 Oct
Wine Tasting Note: Margrain Pinot Gris, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Margrain Pinot Gris, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Wine Tasting Note: Margrain Pinot Gris, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand. Available from Oddbins for £9.99.This is just bursting with orange-tinged, peachy ripeness. The nose is quietRead More

Spy Valley Wines, New Zealand.

Spy Valley Wines, New Zealand.

I ask you, just how excited am I by these wines? I have been harping on about them enough recently but was holding off posting fullRead More

Crisis at Unwins!

Just received (unconfirmed but reliable) information that things at Unwins just keep on getting worse. Shop Managers ‘at an unspecified time in the future’ are noRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Sep

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