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Wine and Food Matching – Ideas From A Recent Tasting

Wine and Food Matching – Ideas From A Recent Tasting

Given the synergy between food and wine I have long wondered at the lack of ‘combinations’ at tastings. While the industry thrives on gourmet meals (toRead More

Cellar Cal Pla Mas D’En Compte Blanco, 2006, Priorat, Spain

Cellar Cal Pla Mas D’En Compte Blanco, 2006, Priorat, Spain

The New Wave Spanish Wine Awards highlighted many a bottle that I wanted to sample. So far however just one has come under my scrutiny –Read More

Good With Seafood – Bodegas Fariña Malvasia, 2007, Toro, Spain

Good With Seafood – Bodegas Fariña Malvasia, 2007, Toro, Spain

Review0.3A recurring event – a wine that ranks as ‘just fine’ by itself is raised in ones estimation when coupled with food. This nicely weighty whiteRead More

A Not Too Sweet Dessert Wine – Farina Val de Reyas 2005

A Not Too Sweet Dessert Wine – Farina Val de Reyas 2005

Designed as an aperitif the Farina Val de Reyes Vino Semi-Dulce is recommended with foie gras, pates and soft cheeses. Back in May of 2007 aRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Oct
New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008

New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008

Those huge wine award issues of the wine magazines – who reads them apart from the top trophy winners anyway? Page follows page of tasting notesRead More

Andrew Barrow
15 Sep
A Wine For Pasta with Walnut Sauce

A Wine For Pasta with Walnut Sauce

I’ve sampled this wine before – same vintage – way back in December 2005. Time has not been that gracious; just hope the wine hasn’t beenRead More

Wine Tasting Note: La Riada Old Vines Garnacha, 2005, Campo de Borja, Spain.

Wine Tasting Note: La Riada Old Vines Garnacha, 2005, Campo de Borja, Spain.

No mention on the rear label specifying exactly how old the ‘old vines’ actually are, sadly. (There really should be some legislation to define such statements).Read More

Andrew Barrow
11 Jul
Three More Wines from Cigales, Spain

Three More Wines from Cigales, Spain

Continuing the round-up of a lively tasting held in Spain of wines from Cigales. [Part One]. Wine Tasting Note: Bodegas Hiljos de Marcos Gómez Salvueros TintoRead More

Andrew Barrow
24 Jun
Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

Three Reds From Cigales, Spain

Cigales – perhaps over-shadowed by the acclaim neighbouring Ribera del Duero receives but a tasting of 12 wines demonstrated that ‘by heck-laddie’ they know how toRead More

Andrew Barrow
18 May
Cigales, Castilla Leon, Spain

Cigales, Castilla Leon, Spain

North from Vallodolid on a shorter trip than yesterday’s 3 hours to Bierzo. We tumble down a hill and are faced with this majestic sweep ofRead More

Andrew Barrow
14 May

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