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  • 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,
  • 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.
The Mountain Valley Range.

The Mountain Valley Range.

A range of wines, just launched, aiming to encapsulate a more international flavour and create a wine ‘brand’. I wasn’t expecting much from these to beRead More

Hendred Vineyard Goldberry Hill, 2003, Oxfordshire, England.

Hendred Vineyard Goldberry Hill, 2003, Oxfordshire, England.

A sultry and very still evening in South O. One of those evenings where you just know rain is on its way with that heaviness toRead More

A Wine for Paella.

A Wine for Paella.

There must be a hundred recipes for paella on the internet alone. A simple dish of rice cooked in chicken stock with as many variations ofRead More

Wine Bottle Punt – Why?

Anyone know why wine bottles have the punt in the bottom?

Andrew Barrow
16 Aug
What food with Gewürztraminer?

What food with Gewürztraminer?

Gewürztraminer intrigues me. The cinnamon-spiced, lychee and honeysuckle laden wine, full-bodied and most often touched by a level of sweetness is just so distinctive and individualistic.Read More

The VERY last bottle of Nun’s Island Whisky yours for £100,000!

The VERY last bottle of Nun’s Island Whisky yours for £100,000!

A bottle of malt whiskey from the Nuns’ Island Distillery which closed in 1913 has turned up in a wine and whiskey specialist shop in EnglandRead More

Andrew Barrow
12 Aug
Wine Blogging Wednesday 12: Drink Local, Real Local.

Wine Blogging Wednesday 12: Drink Local, Real Local.

I cant think of a nicer wine than the one I have just drunk with my lunch. Maybe its the combination of sun and alcohol? ButRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Aug
TN: Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, South Africa.

TN: Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, South Africa.

Does writing this – my part in the first UK blog wine promo – make me a Buzz Agent? Gaping Void via Hugh Macleod, sent outRead More

TN: Pirie ‘South’ Pinot Noir, 2003, Tasmania, Australia.

TN: Pirie ‘South’ Pinot Noir, 2003, Tasmania, Australia.

I have been reading Ben’s Pinot Island Blog for a while now but always thought the wines from Tasmania were under-represented in the UK. Small productionRead More

Ultimate Wines Dessert Wine Tasting June 2005.

Ultimate Wines Dessert Wine Tasting June 2005.

The tastings held in Marlow and London by Ultimate Wines are becoming a regular fixture on the wine tasting circuit. The last tasting I managed toRead More

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I have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails wereRead More

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