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Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief notes scribbled at the London International Wine and Spirits Fair in Excel of the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008. Of the 1,214 samples submittedRead More

A Choice of Two Reds

A Choice of Two Reds

What I should have been concerned with was folding the pastry up and over to retain the heavily (overly!) mounded filling. Instead my concerns rested withRead More

Domaine du Vieux Vauvert Vouvray, 2007, Loire, France

Domaine du Vieux Vauvert Vouvray, 2007, Loire, France

After discovering the delights of Chianti it was to the Loire that my burgeoning interest in wine led next. Much fun was had working from theRead More

Fattoira le Sorgenti Respiro Chianti, 2005, Tuscany, Italy

Fattoira le Sorgenti Respiro Chianti, 2005, Tuscany, Italy

I fondly recall, during my first exploratory steps into wine, becoming very excited in sorting out the various sub-zones of Chianti and believing I could detectRead More

Fattoira le Sorgenti Scirus, 2003, Tuscany, Italy.

Fattoira le Sorgenti Scirus, 2003, Tuscany, Italy.

This has to be the best hunk of roast lamb to come out of my oven. Juicy. The perfect level of pinkness in the centre. ARead More

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’fikile Wines is owned and controlled by empowered women, three pioneering ex-school teachers actually, in one of the largest black townships, Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape.Read More

England: Soon too hot for grape growing

England: Soon too hot for grape growing

Increasing summer temperatures could mean some parts of southern England are too hot to grow vines for making wine by 2080, according to ‘The Winelands ofRead More

Domaine de L’Engarran, 2005, VdP d’Oc, France

Domaine de L’Engarran, 2005, VdP d’Oc, France

Not something you see much of in the South of France is Cabernet Franc – the grape and country of choice for this months Wine BloggingRead More

Combinations – A Wine for Steak and Mushroom Pie

Combinations – A Wine for Steak and Mushroom Pie

To be honest just about any decent red wine would go with this puff pastry topped Steak and Mushroom Pie. The herby flavours, juicy meat andRead More

WBW Just 7 Words – the round-up

WBW Just 7 Words – the round-up

Luckily my slightly off-beat theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday seems well received; plenty of thoughtfully produced entries. All the wines (bar a handful) were Italian reds.Read More

Andrew Barrow
15 Feb

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