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Wine

‘Natural wine’ legally recognised in France as Vin méthode nature

If you've had it with coronavirus updates, finally here's some other news for you - Vin méthode nature is now France's official labeling term for what has been thus far commonly know as 'natural wine'.

Spirits & Cocktails

The perfume-inspired gin on the quest for ultimate sustainability

Comte de Grasse’s 44°N gin mixes age-old perfume extraction techniques, unconventional distilling methods and local, rare botanicals.

Wine

New Crus Bourgeois classification system comes into play

The new Crus Bourgeois classification has become official and will feature on the labels for vintages 2018 to 2022.

Wine

So good it Gewürz

Oft overlooked, Gewürztraminer can make even the most well-trained sommelier come unstuck. News editor Jacopo Mazzeo gathered a panel of experts who found their preconceptions of the variety deliciously overturned.

Wine

Whatever the weather, rosé is in the aether

Rosé wine is often associated with warm weather and summer sessions. But perhaps it’s time to recognise its versatility all year round, says Chris Losh.

Wine

Getting to grips with the Languedoc

There's so much going on in the Languedoc, but somehow the region's potential ultimately gets over-looked, says Simon Field MW.

Wine

Beaujolais' Georges Duboeuf: the wine industry bids farewell to a legend

Beaujolais hero Georges Duboeuf, who passed away on 4 January, will be remembered for his activity as a négociant and for his work to promote Beaujolais nouveau.

Beer & Cider

Can Maison Sassy change the way that customers drink cider?

Low-abv, cocktail-friendly and 100% natural, Sassy Cidre is quickly becoming popular among chefs and bartenders alike.

Wine

Whatever the weather, rosé is in the aether

Rosé wine is often associated with warm weather and summer sessions. But perhaps it’s time to recognise its versatility all year round, says Chris Losh.

Wine

Getting to grips with the Languedoc

There's so much going on in the Languedoc, but somehow the region's potential ultimately gets over-looked, says Simon Field MW.

Wine

Beaujolais' Georges Duboeuf: the wine industry bids farewell to a legend

Beaujolais hero Georges Duboeuf, who passed away on 4 January, will be remembered for his activity as a négociant and for his work to promote Beaujolais nouveau.

Beer & Cider

Can Maison Sassy change the way that customers drink cider?

Low-abv, cocktail-friendly and 100% natural, Sassy Cidre is quickly becoming popular among chefs and bartenders alike.

Wine

Whites drive Burgundy exports to UK, while reds take a dive

According to the BIVB, Burgundy’s white wines have enjoyed significant growth in the UK.

Wine

‘Fireball’ wipes out vineyards in south of France

Last week a 'fireball' caused hottest-ever temperatures across southern France and some growers lost all their crop.

Wine

Whites drive Burgundy exports to UK, while reds take a dive

According to the BIVB, Burgundy’s white wines have enjoyed significant growth in the UK.

Wine

‘Fireball’ wipes out vineyards in south of France

Last week a 'fireball' caused hottest-ever temperatures across southern France and some growers lost all their crop.