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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
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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
Maori Names on New Zealand Wines.

Maori Names on New Zealand Wines.

I wonder how far this will get – it sounds great to me, a real attempt to inject a little unique New Zealand culture onto oneRead More

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

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