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.
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.
Soil, climate, people, all make a difference, along with that intangible something we can neither name nor forego.
Ageless appeal is the privilege of the sex symbol, and sherry’s desirability has endured, and triumphed.
Yet Zinfandel is still misunderstood.
Most such tipples are noticeably lacking in fans beyond their native national borders.
Now is the perfect time to take to the bottle.