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.
What does the term mean, other than that the wine is big, probably red, and certainly unaffordable?
Most fizzy drinks are vile, yet some of those still do duty as mixers – the point here being, presumably, to cancel out one horrible taste with another.
Philip moved his court frequently and I believe his reasons had to do with drink: half of his lands produced wine, the other half beer.
The oddity is that the French government is very helpful to wine buyers.
To this day, you can only buy wine in French Canada via the government-run outlets of the SAQ: the Société des alcools du Québec.
Spain has emerged from ossification since Franco’s death, and nowhere more admirably than in its wine industry.
A delicate Soave with an elegant sea bream, a Muscadet with moules marinières, a salad slaked with self-effacing Vinho Verde, or an unoaked Chardonnay to water a risotto primavera.
Reams have been written about the British empire, but one culprit in the colonisation project has yet to receive its fair share of blame.
An enoteca in Spitalfields, east London, will be selling a different Tuscan red by the glass each day, with dishes to match.
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