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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
The Corkscrew | Three styles of chenin blanc, a diverse white wine with a difference

Bone dry, marmalade-sweet or something in between, chenin blanc rewards white wine drinkers who venture off the beaten track

29 Jul 2018 - 1:13PM

Bone dry, marmalade-sweet or something in between, chenin blanc rewards white wine drinkers who venture off the beaten track

Three styles of chenin blanc, a diverse white wine with a difference
A wine tasting with Chateau Lafite’s cellar master - what a Hong Kong sommelier learned

An afternoon of tastings ahead of a gala dinner in a Hong Kong hotel was a masterclass into the painstaking care that goes into high profile events

6 Jul 2018 - 5:34PM

An afternoon of tastings ahead of a gala dinner in a Hong Kong hotel was a masterclass into the painstaking care that goes into high profile events

A wine tasting with Chateau Lafite’s cellar master - what a Hong Kong sommelier learned
The Corkscrew | New wines from the forgotten vines of Europe – viticulturists resurrect bygone grape varieties

Spanish winemaker Bodegas Torres’ project to revive long-lost vines bears fruit

22 Jun 2018 - 5:04PM

Spanish winemaker Bodegas Torres’ project to revive long-lost vines bears fruit

New wines from the forgotten vines of Europe – viticulturists resurrect bygone grape varieties
The Corkscrew | Benefits of wine: one of the world’s oldest charities began life in Burgundy

The Hospices de Beaune of Burgundy was established in the Middle Ages as a refuge for the poor and needy. Today, it hosts one of the world’s biggest wine auctions

27 May 2018 - 5:08PM

The Hospices de Beaune of Burgundy was established in the Middle Ages as a refuge for the poor and needy. Today, it hosts one of the world’s biggest wine auctions

Benefits of wine: one of the world’s oldest charities began life in Burgundy
The Corkscrew | How to train your nose for wine – the kit that helps you become an expert taster

How good is Jean Lenoir’s aroma test kit for wine newbies? Our expert gets a pass mark on fruit smells, and correctly picks three out of four wines. Her verdict? Invaluable ... for a beginner

10 May 2018 - 1:07PM

How good is Jean Lenoir’s aroma test kit for wine newbies? Our expert gets a pass mark on fruit smells, and correctly picks three out of four wines. Her verdict? Invaluable ... for a beginner

How to train your nose for wine – the kit that helps you become an expert taster
The Corkscrew | Hong Kong university’s wine club heads to Bordeaux for ultimate taste test

Having won the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup’s Asia regional competition, members of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s wine club are now all set for the final, which will be held at famed Château Lafite Rothschild

27 Apr 2018 - 10:50AM

Having won the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup’s Asia regional competition, members of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s wine club are now all set for the final, which will be held at famed Château Lafite Rothschild

Hong Kong university’s wine club heads to Bordeaux for ultimate taste test
The Corkscrew | Wine from French oak or American oak – what a difference a barrel can make

More than just containers for fermenting or ageing, the right barrel can add depth and character to a wine

15 Apr 2018 - 5:34PM

More than just containers for fermenting or ageing, the right barrel can add depth and character to a wine

Wine from French oak or American oak – what a difference a barrel can make
The Corkscrew | Syrah: the unsung hero grape of France’s Rhône Valley

Also known as shiraz, winemakers from the old and new worlds are doing exciting things with this storied grape

29 Mar 2018 - 7:22PM

Also known as shiraz, winemakers from the old and new worlds are doing exciting things with this storied grape

Syrah: the unsung hero grape of France’s Rhône Valley
The Corkscrew | In praise of pét-nat: hip new wine craze adds affordable sparkle

Although pétillant naturel is the winemaking trend of the moment, the techniques behind producing natural wines with fizz date back to 16th-century France

15 Mar 2018 - 8:37PM

Although pétillant naturel is the winemaking trend of the moment, the techniques behind producing natural wines with fizz date back to 16th-century France

In praise of pét-nat: hip new wine craze adds affordable sparkle
The Corkscrew | Raising a toast: the dos and don’ts, and how to sabre a champagne bottle

The Greeks started it, offering salutations to the divine, but it was Napoleon Bonaparte who took toasting to a dramatic – and dangerous – new level

2 Mar 2018 - 6:10AM

The Greeks started it, offering salutations to the divine, but it was Napoleon Bonaparte who took toasting to a dramatic – and dangerous – new level

Raising a toast: the dos and don’ts, and how to sabre a champagne bottle
The Corkscrew | The evolution of wine: from the rough to the smooth

Follow a wine’s journey, from the time of its birth to maturity to understand what makes a vintage truly world class

3 Feb 2018 - 5:32PM

Follow a wine’s journey, from the time of its birth to maturity to understand what makes a vintage truly world class

The evolution of wine: from the rough to the smooth