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.
Wine, that much-touted national product, turns out to be an unhelpful symbol for patriots.
This over-productive area in France was once responsible for most of our easy drinking.
So convival is traditional punch that even its five ingredients party together in the bowl.
Featuring histories and tasting guides, booze-soaked memoirs, and a global tour of natural wineries.
The most valuable cognacs are stored in a cellar called a Paradis.
While the mind has an eye, it lacks a nose.
Sun-loving, late-ripening, high in tannin and acidity, it makes wines that can take decades to soften.
It’s the red wines that really last, in the bottle and the memory.
There is no such thing as room temperature: there are simply different rooms.
It is the colour of danger, a red rag to anyone jaded by cocktail-world bull.