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Will it be a sweet success story pairing a selection of St Urbans-Hof’s off-dry Mosel Rieslings with modern European food? Andrew Catchpole finds out
Premixes are the Vauxhall Astra of the barworld: as sexy as corduroy, but practical? Hell yeah! Nushi Wijewardena and a team of bartenders put a stack of time-saving contenders to the test.
Another day, another new absinthe brand...After years of promising to be the next big thing, absinthe’s time may have arrived. Clinton Cawood gathers a high-alcohol-tolerance panel to put a dozen to the test
Second International Grenache Day to be held on 23 September
More 2011 Sommelier Wine Awards winners announced
Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat all make much of their aristocratic roots. Clinton Cawood joins a team of tannin-hardened sommeliers to put their top wines to the test and find out which region has the strongest claim to the Spanish throne
That golden rum in your speed rail – it’s as good as gold coins in your till. An Imbibe panel put 11 examples through their paces so that you, too, can cash in. ker-ching! says Clinton Cawood
A series of masterclasses have been helping the trade get to grips with a few of the wines within Europe that have the heritage and quality levels required to gain Protected Designation of Origin status. In case you missed them, turn the page to take a closer look at the wines of Burgundy and the Douro Valley...
Carluccio's summer of wine
Your questions answered about the 2011 Sommelier Wine Awards...
Though entries at this price are still dominated by NV Champagnes, this year’s slot on the Gold List went, for the first time, to the New World
A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth
After a shocking first year in the SWAs, Carmenère found its feet with some style this year, delivering some great wines
Some great wines and amazing prices. In fact, it was only the category’s persistent (and troubling) lack of fashionability that prevented more Golds being awarded