Darren Smith

Darren Smith


Darren Smith is a freelance wine writer, and one half of wine and music events duo Wine & Vinyl. @darrennsmith @wineandvinyl

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It's all ova now: The rise of egg fermenters

Why have egg vessels become so popular and what effect do they have on the wine? Darren Smith reports.

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Night of the living red: How Palomino Fino made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In the last instalment, we look at Palomino Fino.

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Night of the living red: How Assyrtiko made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this fourth instalment, we look at Assyrtiko from Santorini, Greece.

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Night of the living red: How Gamay made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this third instalment, we look at Gamay.

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Night of the living red: How Nerello Mascalese made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Nerello Mascalese from Sicily.

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Night of the living red: How Baga made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Portuguese Baga.

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Wine myths, part V: A cloudy wine is a faulty wine

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionEveryone who learns the WSET

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Wine myths, part IV: ‘Old vines’ equals better wines

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionThe root, so to speak, of th

Podcasts

SipAdvisor: Listen to our first Imbibe podcast

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our new monthly podcast and our first episode features all-star line-up: the Artesian’s Anna Sebastian; sommelier Jan Konetzki; beer writer Pete Brown; Club Soda’s Laura Willoughby, and ciderologist Gabe Cook.

SipAdvisor special: Natural wine podcast

Following the announcement earlier this year that ‘natural wine’ has been legally recognised in France as Vin méthode nature, our first  podcast special edition is entirely dedicated to the subject.

SipAdvisor: Episode 2

In the second episode of our podcast, we look at what re-opening might look like for the UK’s pubs bars and restaurants – including an interview with on-trade marketing legend Mark McCullough about the 100 Day Playbook, a muse on PPE for hospitality staff, all accompanied by a glass of English fizz for English Wine Week.

SipAdvisor special: New make spirit

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our monthly podcast. In this special episode, deputy editor Millie Milliken delves into the world of new make spirit.

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Night of the living red: How Nerello Mascalese made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Nerello Mascalese from Sicily.

News |  Wine

Night of the living red: How Baga made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Portuguese Baga.

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Wine myths, part V: A cloudy wine is a faulty wine

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionEveryone who learns the WSET

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Wine myths, part IV: ‘Old vines’ equals better wines

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionThe root, so to speak, of th

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Wine myths, part III: Greenness is bad

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionThis is a very common notion

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Wine myths, part II: A wine has to be ageworthy to be special

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its production…The growing trend towards l

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Wine myths, part I: Vines have to suffer to make great wine

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smiths sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its production...We’re familiar with the

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Bojo's back! The revival of Beaujolais

Twenty years ago Beaujolais’ wineries were closing and its vineyards being abandoned. But now, demand is soaring, particularly in the on-trade.

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Wine myths, part III: Greenness is bad

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionThis is a very common notion

News |  Wine

Wine myths, part II: A wine has to be ageworthy to be special

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its production…The growing trend towards l

News |  Wine

Wine myths, part I: Vines have to suffer to make great wine

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smiths sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its production...We’re familiar with the

News |  Wine

Bojo's back! The revival of Beaujolais

Twenty years ago Beaujolais’ wineries were closing and its vineyards being abandoned. But now, demand is soaring, particularly in the on-trade.