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When staff wine knowledge amounts to little more than an awareness that it comes in three colours, you’ve got a problem. Henrietta Clancy goes back to school for a course that aims to inspire confidence in the uninitiated
Bitter, sweet, spicy, herbal... Europe is home to a fascinating array of aperitifs, digestifs and herbal liqueurs that are full of potential for the adventurous mixologist. Alice Lascelles assembled a panel to taste some contenders ranging from 400-year-old elixirs to newcomers hot off the still
Yes, it’s chic. And yes, it’s elegant. But its higher price means that if you want to sell rosé champagne during an economic downturn, you’re going to have to work harder than ever. Natasha Hughes reports
As Portuguese wines sales to the UK double in value, don’t miss the Annual Tasting of Portuguese Wines next week in London.
The tenth annual France Under One Roof tasting will be held on 9 March 2011.
For years Koshu was overlooked in Japan as a fruit worthy only of table grape status; finally it's being given the attention it deserves
From lusciously sweet to bone dry, from indigenous to international varietals and from whites through rosés to reds, the region of Navarra has the lot. Richard Woodard follows a group of Hotel du Vin sommeliers as they try to make sense of it all
There’s a whole world of wine that seldom makes it onto wine lists in the UK. Clinton Cawood rounds up a team of sommeliers for a trip to Neverland
An extreme matching challenge proves that sherry really is the best food wine on the planet. Surely it’s time restaurants woke up to the fact, says an impressed Chris Losh
Get to grips with the new A+ Australian Wine initiative at this year’s Annual Trade Tasting. There have never been more reasons to visit.
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
There’s far more to Germany than Riesling, you know. Richard Woodard gets to grips with the Burgunder trio of Grau, Weiss and Spät, and wonders whether the locals might have got the emphasis slightly wrong…
A growing number of tequila brands are making a point of their regionality, but is there an actual difference in flavour from highland to valley? Clinton Cawood and an expert panel wade through a truckload of blanco tequilas to separate the hype from reality
Luxury vodka brand Belvedere came up with the ultimate prize for its recent contest: a $100,000 global ambassador role. No wonder the London semi-finals were so exciting