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At a new hotel with an excellent house fizz and a decent southern French Vermentino at £5 a glass, I could almost see my 22-year-old self and my much-missed father both smiling their approval.
I used to rarely bring out the corkscrew when delving into Chinese food – but I’ve learnt the error of my ways.
As the river of wine became a flood, consumers clutched at labels as at a life-raft. Bordeaux was Best. No Celebration was Complete without Champagne.
The name Bordeaux, rather than being an indicator of quality, is used to befuddle the customer with unfulfillable promises of greatness.
Prejudice never made a better person – nor, when it comes to wine, a better-watered one
The birthday of the 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns is a fine excuse to blend good Scotch, strong words and the peculiar northern fare so friendly to both.
Only fair, as France’s grapes are partly in debt to the Lebanese.
Would a few sips have made her a more tolerant ruler?
Fermented long enough, Kombucha generates a mind-blowing 2 per cent alcohol – sparking US hysteria and a product recall in 2010.
Leonetto Cappiello’s 1920s designs show the ambivalence of the times – perhaps of alcoholic gratification in any era.
Imbued with all the rich complexity of the region’s history.