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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
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  • 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,
Barrel Cellar Senorio de Otazu

Barrel Cellar Senorio de Otazu

It is an impressive building, still being constructed as far as I could tell. And certainly set up to cater for tourists. There is a smallRead More

Brockmans Gin and Ginger Squared

Brockmans Gin and Ginger Squared

Autumn… no escape, it be here! G&T’s are so summer, so get with the season and try out a new cocktail – Gin and Ginger Squared.Read More

Andrew Barrow
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Bottle Rack, Monjardin Winery, Navarra, Spain

Bottle Rack, Monjardin Winery, Navarra, Spain

The wines from Bodegas Monjardin are not currently available in the UK. Their range is good, honest, drinkable and affordable stuff. Perhaps not the most excitingRead More

Grape Harvest at Ochoa, Navarra, Spain

Grape Harvest at Ochoa, Navarra, Spain

A fantastic few days just spent in Navarra, Spain. Made even more special as the visit coincided with the grape harvest. Quite a unique experience asRead More

Window and Barrels at Senorio de Otazu

Window and Barrels at Senorio de Otazu

It is rather a cliché in saying that many wineries are temples or cathedrals of wine. Many a pound has been expended on lavish buildings overRead More

Laphroaig Live 2013

Laphroaig Live 2013

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Andrew Barrow
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Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth

Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth

To be honest the Tonnix failed to impress. Despite the funky art label and the “white wine for seafood” descriptive this white Douro lack a littleRead More

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

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