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  • 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.
  • 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
London Cru The First Grapes Arrive

London Cru The First Grapes Arrive

London’s first winery ‘London Cru’ took delivery of its first shipment of grapes, Syrah from the Languedoc-Roussillon. Here’s how it went… Backed by a partnership betweenRead More

Andrew Barrow
23 Sep
Vedett Extra Blond Beer

Vedett Extra Blond Beer

Belgian beer brand Vedett has received a label makeover. I took a snap specifically for this weeks Sunday Photo spot but failed to realise that theRead More

Nino Franco Faìve Rosé Brut Spumante

Nino Franco Faìve Rosé Brut Spumante

I felt it on the breeze, that subtle change of the seasons as a breeze sent shivers through a rose bush. The last of the summerRead More

Discover The Origin with Oz Clarke

Discover The Origin with Oz Clarke

Oz Clarke was at the Foodies Festival in Oxford last weekend. When it comes to knowing great wine Oz Clarke is about as close to DionysusRead More

Our Olive Oil

Our Olive Oil

A slightly different Sunday Wine Spot photo – for one it certainly isn’t wine. Several years ago Penny Hale and her husband Martin upped-sticks from SouthRead More

First Great Western Pullman Service

First Great Western Pullman Service

“I didn’t even realise anyone ran a Pullman dining car these days…” The reaction I’ve received from everyone I’ve mentioned my recent dining experience too. ButRead More

Plymouth Gin Bottles

Plymouth Gin Bottles

A long and illustrious history with many highs and lows. Quality is now restored to the famous Plymouth Gin, with a return to its original recipeRead More

Andrew Barrow
25 Aug
Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard Panorama

Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard Panorama

Making full use of the centuries of Mount Etnas deposits the vines at Tenuta di Fessina produce some lovely wines. Here, with Mount Etna behind us,Read More

Three Recommendations from DropWines

Three Recommendations from DropWines

Rumour has it that Richard was once held hostage by a fearsome, rampantly coiffured, Bulgarian countess and forced to drink his way through her wine cellarRead More

Andrew Barrow
13 Aug
Vineyards at Tasca d’Almerita

Vineyards at Tasca d’Almerita

For what seemed like hours – well it was hours, but enjoyably so, we had crossed Sicily in the bus marvelling at the scenery. There wereRead More

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28
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Petit Comptoir Francais

I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact thatRead More

27
Jul

The Ceiling At Max Bordeaux

You can drink – or rather sip, seeing the prices – some of the most luxurious of wines in Max Bordeaux. They had Chateau Haut-Brion 2007Read More

24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

20
Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A 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 LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

18
Jul

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On 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 hadRead More

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