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Absinthe: The Mighty Louche

01-09-2011 | Category: Cocktails Tastings Matching

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

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Tasting & matching: Premixed Cocktails

01-09-2011 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Mixers & Soft drinks Tastings Opinions

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.

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Beer Guerilla: Best of British

01-09-2011 | Category: Beers Tastings Opinions

His original plan foiled by looters, Will Beckett calls in his very own A-Team to a secret underground lair (the decidedly un-secret Hawksmoor) and kicks off his very own beer-based Battle of Britain

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Mosel Riesling: Knowing Your RS From Your Elbow

01-09-2011 | Category: Germany Tastings White only

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

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Sommelier Wine Awards: Wines of the Year 2011

01-09-2011 | Category: Competitions Red only White only Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

This year’s Imbibe Live event at Earls Court saw over two dozen sommeliers tasting some of the top wines from this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards competition to find out which bottles received the ultimate accolade. Chris Losh recorded the results

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G-Day's landing

30-08-2011 | Category: Tastings Events Grenache

Second International Grenache Day to be held on 23 September

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Best of the SWA 2011 best

07-07-2011 | Category: Wines News Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

More 2011 Sommelier Wine Awards winners announced

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Discover the Origin Masterclasses

01-07-2011 | Category: Tastings Wines

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...

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All That Glitters

01-07-2011 | Category: Rum & Cachaca Tastings

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

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King of Spain

01-07-2011 | Category: Spain Tastings Red only

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

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La Dolce Vita

27-05-2011 | Category: England Italy Tastings Events Wines

Carluccio's summer of wine

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SWA 2011: CRITICS' CHOICE

01-05-2011 | Category: France Germany Italy Spain USA Red only White only Sparkling Australia New Zealand

The Sommelier Wine Awards doesn’t give out trophies per category because we’re worried that tasters will feel under pressure to dispense extra awards in categories where they may not believe the wines are up to it. Instead, in keeping with the whole ethos of the competition, we leave the judgement up to the sommeliers…

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CARMENERE

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only Carmenere Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

After a shocking first year in the SWAs, Carmenère found its feet with some style this year, delivering some great wines

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - TORRONTES

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina White only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

No Golds but an encouraging performance from a grape that is still largely finding its feet in the on-trade

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