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Just when you thought it was OK to write vodka off as boring and overpackaged, along comes Charles Vexenat with something that forces us to take it seriously again. Alice Lascelles heads to Baltic to find out why the words ‘interesting vodka menu’ need not be an oxymoron
Is beer or wine the better food partner? We put two of the country’s finest food matchers into the ring to find out. Susanna Forbes donned her referee’s outfit for this surprisingly close contest
Pinot Noir is finding its feet in Australia’s Mornington Peninsula and a team of sommeliers attended a masterclass and tasting to find out whether the wines are worthy of UK lists. Julie Sheppard reports.
Older is frequently touted as automatically better in the whisky world – but is this fair? We asked Neil Ridley of caskstrength.net to test the theory by pulling together some of the best under-10yos on the market for a tasting
With prestige cuvées harder to sell than ever, now seemed the perfect time for Imbibe to take a look at ‘straight’ vintage champagne. Chris Losh joins our tasters several hundred feet above London for a taste of the high life
With the 2009s likely to be stupidly expensive, it could pay to know your way around 2008 white Burgundy a bit better. Chris Losh watches as a team of tasters get to grips with premier cru and villages wines from a ‘traditional’ vintage
As the days begin to draw in, it’s worth making sure your wine list is ready. We asked 50 suppliers to pick one autumnal wine each from their portfolio, and then unleashed a team of wild sommeliers. Clinton Cawood stood by with scarves and mufflers at the ready
A series of impressive performances in the Sommelier Wine Awards, and growing positive rumblings from within the trade meant we thought it was time to put Portugal’s wines to the test. Neil Phillips provides the salt cod as our tasters get to work
Base material is an increasingly important selling point for vodka brands, but how much effect does this really have on the finished product? There’s only one way to find out, says Clinton Cawood…
Imbibe 2010 is gearing up to be the drinks show of the year, so if you're involved in sourcing, serving or buying drinks, make sure you're there.
A brief lesson in Spain's lesser-known wine growing regions
A look at some of the best wines on the market, as chosen by the experts
Being able to put great wines under the £50 mark on your list is the bread and butter of every sommelier. We asked 50 different corkscrew jockeys for their top tips, then Clinton Cawood and a team of Imbibe tasters put their recommendations to the test
Gin has always attracted the lion’s share of the attention when it comes to making a G&T. Time to put its ‘straight man’ partner to the test, says Dan Priseman, as he lines up a range of tonics, calls in some top barmen and makes with the bottle-opener...
Originally created in the days of the British Empire to keep the Raj’s ex-pats in beer, IPA is currently the world’s hottest beer style. Nigel Huddleston and a team of tasters brush the froth off their handlebar moustaches to discover what all the fuss is about