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Nina Caplan is the 2018 and 2014 Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year and the 2014 Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year for her columns on drink in the New Statesman, and the author of The Wandering Vine: Wine, The Romans and Me, published by Bloomsbury. She tweets as @NinaCaplan.
As I try Italian wines that blend the familiar and the unknown, I reflect on how many unexpected encounters with new people I have lost this year.
I’ve discovered rich, spicy yet restrained reds made of combinations of Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.
I dream of sipping Champagne in Paris. But, while I’m stuck at home and looking at wine even more than I normally do, an opportunity arises: to look with more dedication.
Every cloud has a silver lining, and Hungarian Furmint is something we can all enjoy.
Made from the Gamay grape, these wines are fruity and delicious lightly chilled: unashamedly different from the big boys in Burgundy and the Rhône.
The countryside seems so much more appealing than the city during a pandemic.
Maybe it's the reluctance to slide towards winter, but I'm staying in spring by sipping on a liquid the colour of sunrise.
In Lebanon more than elsewhere, wine and politics are always intertwined.
As the world of no- and low-alcohol (or “nolo”) beverages expands, there is even the odd palatable alcohol-free wine.
These wines aren’t necessarily quite the same quality, but they aren’t the same price, either.