Nina Caplan is the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year and 2014 Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year for her columns on drink in the New Statesman. She tweets as @NinaCaplan.
Where the French concentrate on home-grown elixirs, London offers wines from all over the world.
Around the solid centre of the rice kernel, mystery builds.
Attempts to ban the liquour in Russia failed, and Britain drank 9.9 million litres of it last year. But not all vodka is created equal.
This grape is so easily recognised that it might as well wear a name tag, but many varieties are brasher and bolder than you'd expect.
Gin has evolved from the home-made 18th-century rotgut that was the scourge of England’s poor to the tipple of colonial civilisation.
Not that the concept of terroir refers purely to soil. It is sunshine, rainfall, maybe even air quality: the ineffable difference between one place and another.
The high-altitude vineyards of Italy’s largest island produce nectar for the gods, Greek or Roman.
Wine is our compensation: the soft landing as we tumble on to the wrong side of 30.
This Canadian version of an old standard is a good substitute for dinner.
We English drinkers need no longer sip from the bitter amphora of agricultural inadequacy: we can have our wine and everyone else’s, too.
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