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There is more to American whiskey than bourbon – historic rye is growing in popularity

High taxation in the civil war era, meant once-popular rye whiskey lost ground to cheaper alternatives, including ‘rotgut’ and, later, bourbon.

10 Jul 2020 - 1:52AM

High taxation in the civil war era, meant once-popular rye whiskey lost ground to cheaper alternatives, including ‘rotgut’ and, later, bourbon.

There is more to American whiskey than bourbon – historic rye is growing in popularity
Sláinte! The finest whiskies from the Scottish Highlands

A tour of the Highlands’ distilleries, from accessible Tullibardine to the world’s most expensive single malt – a US$1.9 million Macallan.

29 Jun 2020 - 10:32AM

A tour of the Highlands’ distilleries, from accessible Tullibardine to the world’s most expensive single malt – a US$1.9 million Macallan.

Sláinte! The finest whiskies from the Scottish Highlands
Eight Scottish single malts from the Isle of Islay that are in high demand and short supply

Despite being just over 40 kilometres long, the Isle of Islay is home to several distilleries – here is the pick of the bunch.

28 May 2020 - 2:35AM

Despite being just over 40 kilometres long, the Isle of Islay is home to several distilleries – here is the pick of the bunch.

Eight Scottish single malts from the Isle of Islay that are in high demand and short supply
How zinfandel helped secure California’s place in the wine world and brought rose to the masses

A versatile grape, zinfandel can be made into many styles of wine: jammy, blackberry- and plummy fruit-packed.

14 May 2020 - 8:06PM

A versatile grape, zinfandel can be made into many styles of wine: jammy, blackberry- and plummy fruit-packed.

How zinfandel helped secure California’s place in the wine world and brought rose to the masses
How to mix a quarantini, and other cocktails to drink during digital happy hour

Get creative with the contents of your drinks cabinet with these riffs on classic cocktails, then Zoom your friends and compare results.

1 May 2020 - 7:16PM

Get creative with the contents of your drinks cabinet with these riffs on classic cocktails, then Zoom your friends and compare results.

How to mix a quarantini, and other cocktails to drink during digital happy hour
Vermouth makes more than just martinis – introducing the aromatic, fortified wine

There is much to discover about the discreet charms of the classic cocktail ingredient.

16 Apr 2020 - 1:11PM

There is much to discover about the discreet charms of the classic cocktail ingredient.

Vermouth makes more than just martinis – introducing the aromatic, fortified wine
There is a lot more to Portuguese wine than port and madeira – remember Mateus?

Vinho verde, or ‘green wine’ refers to young wine and should be consumed within a year of its vintage.

6 Feb 2020 - 7:00PM

Vinho verde, or ‘green wine’ refers to young wine and should be consumed within a year of its vintage.

There is a lot more to Portuguese wine than port and madeira – remember Mateus?
Vino variety: five of Spain’s lesser-known grapes and what to pair them with

Spain has more than 400 grape varieties, many of which are indigenous. Here are a few to look out for.

23 Jan 2020 - 5:57AM

Spain has more than 400 grape varieties, many of which are indigenous. Here are a few to look out for.

Vino variety: five of Spain’s lesser-known grapes and what to pair them with
How to pair wines with spicy food – from fiery Sichuan cuisine to South American jalapeño heat

From fiery Sichuan cuisine to hot South American dishes, pick whites with a fruity sweetness.

14 Nov 2019 - 8:31PM

From fiery Sichuan cuisine to hot South American dishes, pick whites with a fruity sweetness.

How to pair wines with spicy food – from fiery Sichuan cuisine to South American jalapeño heat
Soju: the secret to drinking South Korea’s favourite tipple, not to be confused with Japanese shochu

The average South Korean aged over 20 drinks 87 bottles of soju a year, or 1½ bottles per week.

31 Oct 2019 - 12:15PM

The average South Korean aged over 20 drinks 87 bottles of soju a year, or 1½ bottles per week.

Soju: the secret to drinking South Korea’s favourite tipple, not to be confused with Japanese shochu
Bourbon and Tennessee whiskeys from the United States – same same but different

The two American whiskeys are similar in many ways, but there are crucial differences in production technique – and flavour.

18 Sep 2019 - 8:23PM

The two American whiskeys are similar in many ways, but there are crucial differences in production technique – and flavour.

Bourbon and Tennessee whiskeys from the United States – same same but different
A brief history of gin, from herbal medicine to spirited hipster tipple beloved from Britain to Japan

Despite gaining popularity in recent years, the distilled spirit has been around in various forms for millennia.

9 Aug 2019 - 2:10PM

Despite gaining popularity in recent years, the distilled spirit has been around in various forms for millennia.

A brief history of gin, from herbal medicine to spirited hipster tipple beloved from Britain to Japan
Wine vs climate change: how global warming is affecting the grapes vineyards grow

Warmer weather has already had an impact on the flavour profile of popular wines, such as New Zealand’s Marlborough sauvignon blanc.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:10PM

Warmer weather has already had an impact on the flavour profile of popular wines, such as New Zealand’s Marlborough sauvignon blanc.

Wine vs climate change: how global warming is affecting the grapes vineyards grow
The Corkscrew | Sulphites in wine – are they really bad for us?

French fries and dried mango contain far more sulphites than wines, so surely a glass or two of vino can’t do much harm

27 Jun 2019 - 9:30PM

French fries and dried mango contain far more sulphites than wines, so surely a glass or two of vino can’t do much harm

Sulphites in wine – are they really bad for us?
The Corkscrew | Vin jaune from eastern France is ‘the durian of the wine world’, beloved and hated in equal measure

The distinctive wine is made from the quirky savagnin grape grown in Jura, the smallest of France’s AOS regions

29 Mar 2019 - 5:42PM

The distinctive wine is made from the quirky savagnin grape grown in Jura, the smallest of France’s AOS regions

Vin jaune from eastern France is ‘the durian of the wine world’, beloved and hated in equal measure
The Corkscrew | Calvados, French apple brandy with a kick, perfect for palate cleansing or an after dinner digestif

Calvados, the fruit brandy made in France’s Normandy region comes in three sub-categories, AOC Calvados, AOC Calvados Pays d’Auge and AOC Calvados Domfrontais

8 Mar 2019 - 5:34PM

Calvados, the fruit brandy made in France’s Normandy region comes in three sub-categories, AOC Calvados, AOC Calvados Pays d’Auge and AOC Calvados Domfrontais

Calvados, French apple brandy with a kick, perfect for palate cleansing or an after dinner digestif
The Corkscrew | To decant or not to decant, that is the question when it comes to wine

The process helps to aerate younger wines and remove sediment from older bottles

22 Feb 2019 - 5:56PM

The process helps to aerate younger wines and remove sediment from older bottles

To decant or not to decant, that is the question when it comes to wine
Top drops from Napa Valley’s mountain wineries: challenging to make but worth it

The mountains between the Mayacamas and Vaca ranges are home to some small vineyards, which produce complex, coveted wines

9 Feb 2019 - 5:22PM

The mountains between the Mayacamas and Vaca ranges are home to some small vineyards, which produce complex, coveted wines

Top drops from Napa Valley’s mountain wineries: challenging to make but worth it
The Corkscrew | Canada produces more than just ice wine – unusual grapes grow from British Columbia to Nova Scotia

In the North American country, a whole world of wines are waiting for their day in the sun

19 Jan 2019 - 1:05PM

In the North American country, a whole world of wines are waiting for their day in the sun

Canada produces more than just ice wine – unusual grapes grow from British Columbia to Nova Scotia
The Corkscrew | A sommelier’s favourite wines, and how the perfect pour is all about timing

Which white to order if you’ve been denied a red, and why the pop of a champagne cork never gets old

3 Jan 2019 - 9:09PM

Which white to order if you’ve been denied a red, and why the pop of a champagne cork never gets old

A sommelier’s favourite wines, and how the perfect pour is all about timing
Make it a white Christmas with five of the best blanc de blancs champagnes

The distinctive style of champagne, made from 100 per cent chardonnay, is the tipple of choice for the festive season

14 Dec 2018 - 5:08PM

The distinctive style of champagne, made from 100 per cent chardonnay, is the tipple of choice for the festive season

Make it a white Christmas with five of the best blanc de blancs champagnes
Six Christmas gifts for wine lovers that you will want to keep for yourself

From bottles of Bordeaux to a show-stopping champagne, these presents are sure to make the receiver smile

6 Dec 2018 - 1:38PM

From bottles of Bordeaux to a show-stopping champagne, these presents are sure to make the receiver smile

Six Christmas gifts for wine lovers that you will want to keep for yourself
The Corkscrew | Seven Bordeaux bargains: excellent value everyday wines that the average French person drinks

You don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy a good tipple from the wine capital of the world

17 Nov 2018 - 2:01PM

You don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy a good tipple from the wine capital of the world

Seven Bordeaux bargains: excellent value everyday wines that the average French person drinks
The Corkscrew | Vines that survived Europe’s phylloxera epidemic in the 1800s, and the wines made from them

The accidental import of a microscopic insect by a Rhône Valley wine merchant led to the destruction of almost of all Europe’s vineyards; small pockets of vines escaped the blight, and produce grapes to this day.

2 Nov 2018 - 12:11PM

The accidental import of a microscopic insect by a Rhône Valley wine merchant led to the destruction of almost of all Europe’s vineyards; small pockets of vines escaped the blight, and produce grapes to this day.

Vines that survived Europe’s phylloxera epidemic in the 1800s, and the wines made from them
The Corkscrew | Is wine good for our health, and what is resveratrol?

Why not just leave it to the experts to work out while you relax with a nice glass of red?

19 Oct 2018 - 5:32PM

Why not just leave it to the experts to work out while you relax with a nice glass of red?

Is wine good for our health, and what is resveratrol?
The Corkscrew | Wines from Thailand and India, where vineyards thrive against tradition, are totally tropical tipples

Asian winemakers have learned to adapt, and their pioneering spirits have paid off

5 Oct 2018 - 5:03PM

Asian winemakers have learned to adapt, and their pioneering spirits have paid off

Wines from Thailand and India, where vineyards thrive against tradition, are totally tropical tipples
The Corkscrew | How to pick a winning wine, every time: four simple rules the experts follow, and you should too

Whether a winemaker, grape grower, sommelier or wine dealer, all industry aficionados observe the same standards when deciding where to award the medals

21 Sep 2018 - 1:21PM

Whether a winemaker, grape grower, sommelier or wine dealer, all industry aficionados observe the same standards when deciding where to award the medals

How to pick a winning wine, every time: four simple rules the experts follow, and you should too
The Corkscrew | China’s domestic wine market benefits from foreign know-how, yields promising vintages

From Shandong to Yunnan, Chinese winemakers are drawing on old-world expertise to create the potential classics of tomorrow

7 Sep 2018 - 5:09PM

From Shandong to Yunnan, Chinese winemakers are drawing on old-world expertise to create the potential classics of tomorrow

China’s domestic wine market benefits from foreign know-how, yields promising vintages
The Corkscrew | An underwater winery? Champagne house hits the spot with ocean-aged wine

Immersing bottles in the sea can be an eco-friendly way to age wines

26 Aug 2018 - 2:55PM

Immersing bottles in the sea can be an eco-friendly way to age wines

An underwater winery? Champagne house hits the spot with ocean-aged wine
The Corkscrew | South African pinotage grape – born of cinsault and pinot noir – treads its own intense path

The fruit of a viticulture professor’s labour, this easy-growing grape yields a bold and aromatic wine

10 Aug 2018 - 5:02PM

The fruit of a viticulture professor’s labour, this easy-growing grape yields a bold and aromatic wine

South African pinotage grape – born of cinsault and pinot noir – treads its own intense path