Drinks

Craft Ale: Peak beer

4 December 2014 3:00 pm

Looking back, it seems astonish-ing that the metropolitan middle classes took so long to embrace beer snobbery. The craft beer…

Craft Ale: Peak beer

4 December 2014 3:00 pm

Looking back, it seems astonish-ing that the metropolitan middle classes took so long to embrace beer snobbery. The craft beer…

Gin: The juniper revolution

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

I blame my mother. Although gin wasn’t her ruin, I have to admit, she did enjoy a gin and tonic.…

Islay whiskies without the peat

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Even in the driving rain, the Isle of Islay is a heart-stoppingly beautiful spot. High in the hills behind the…

Cocktails: Into the mix

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

We asked our writers to write about their favourite cocktails, from aperitifs to nightcaps, all the way through to the…

Bars: The bar’s the star

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Head upstairs. That’s my tip for thirsty play-goers during the interval. Most West End theatres are sunken affairs built in…

Michael Seresin: From Film Noir to Pinot Noir

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Michael Seresin claims, rather modestly, to ‘have no palate’, choosing instead to describe wine with light, colour and form. These…

Rum: Reggae spirit

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Music and booze go together. Just think of Keith Richards in the 1970s with his Jack Daniel’s. There’s the love…

Technology: Drink digitally

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

After lots of practice, I’ve reached the stage where I can usually tell a good wine from a bad one.…

Gin: The juniper revolution

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

I blame my mother. Although gin wasn’t her ruin, I have to admit, she did enjoy a gin and tonic.…

Islay as seen from the gates of the Bruichladdich distillery

Islay whiskies without the peat

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Even in the driving rain, the Isle of Islay is a heart-stoppingly beautiful spot. High in the hills behind the…

Cocktails: Into the mix

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

We asked our writers to write about their favourite cocktails, from aperitifs to nightcaps, all the way through to the…

‘Do you come here often?’ A theatre bar goes on stage in a revue from 1933

Bars: The bar’s the star

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Head upstairs. That’s my tip for thirsty play-goers during the interval. Most West End theatres are sunken affairs built in…

‘I wanted my wine to have deeper shadows’

Michael Seresin: From Film Noir to Pinot Noir

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Michael Seresin claims, rather modestly, to ‘have no palate’, choosing instead to describe wine with light, colour and form. These…

Rum: Reggae spirit

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

Music and booze go together. Just think of Keith Richards in the 1970s with his Jack Daniel’s. There’s the love…

Technology: Drink digitally

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

After lots of practice, I’ve reached the stage where I can usually tell a good wine from a bad one.…

Wine and food: Midsummer marriages

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

It may seem like stating the obvious, but to me the best wines are food wines, meaning those that should…

Wine: A spot of sacrilege

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

A mixed case arrives from Corney & Barrow. My orders are to improvise so I pull out a bottle at…

Spirits: Bowled over by bourbon

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

When I was stationed in Kentucky I never drank bourbon. It wasn’t until I came to London that the drink…

Beer’s new designer labels

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

11 p.m., Saturday 14 June. Football fans gather before the TV in anticipation of England vs Italy. There is quiet,…

New world wine: Duty paid

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

When the editor of this special suggested I might try some wine for him (did he need to ask twice?…

Restaurants: Pouring reign

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

It is blossom time in Tokyo. An unruly pack of journalists, photographers and TV crews prowls the corridors of the…

Beyond Gin Lane

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

In 1751, William Hogarth was asked to create two prints: one depicting the evils of gin, the other the virtues…

Wine and food: Midsummer marriages

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

It may seem like stating the obvious, but to me the best wines are food wines, meaning those that should…

Wine: A spot of sacrilege

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

A mixed case arrives from Corney & Barrow. My orders are to improvise so I pull out a bottle at…