Wine & Spirits

A royal vintage

Those prepared to risk the odd glass or two with lunch now have a royal offering to savour. The vineyard at Windsor Great Park, where 16,700 vines were planted five years ago, has released its first offering – 3,000 bottles of sparkling wine. Six years from now the vineyard could be producing some …

Wine

Whisky of the Week: Craigellachie 17-Year-Old Single Malt

Until recently you would rarely find this whisky bottled separately, as most of the distillery’s production has been channeled into Dewar’s blends. …

Scotch Whisky

Queen turns winemaker, producing 3,000 bottles of fizz from her Windsor Great Park estate

The Queen has latched onto the English sparkling wine craze by producing 3,000 bottles from vines grown on her estate - and they were soon snapped up.<p>The industry is booming with the tipple becoming so popular that the UK is currently shipping out to 27 countries and boasts annual sales of about …

Wine

The simple trick to improve the taste of your glass of wine

If the first sip of wine makes your face shrink, chances are you’ve opted for a bottle of the sub-par stuff with an obvious flaw - but what if we …

Wine

Three fine pinot noirs from Chile and Argentina

World class, best value and decidedly elegant wines from a fickle grape variety<p><b>Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir, Chile 2015 (£14.99,</b> <b>Noel Young Wines</b><b>)</b> It’s taken him a while. But Errázuriz winemaker Francisco Baettig may finally have cracked the code when it comes to making world-class pinot …

Wine

Is California Syrah Misunderstood?

Though the grape boomed in the 1990s, Syrah is still suffering through an identity crisis. A community of small producers hopes to change that.<p>Often …

Wine

U.S. wine’s worries for 2017: Who’s picking the grapes, who’s buying

The wine industry has read the lees at the bottom of the barrel to see its future, and it is troubled.<p>The fortuneteller is the Silicon Valley Bank, or more specifically the bank’s annual report: “State of the Wine Industry 2017.” It highlights a variety of concerns for the U.S. wine industry, both …

Wine

Champagne Cocktails: You’ve Been Doing It All Wrong

Cold winter nights are the ideal time for Champagne, and its slightly more baggage-laden friend, Champagne cocktails. Unfortunately, we’ve been doing it all wrong. (I know, I know: Yet another thing.) Turns out it is not as simple as taking Champagne (or prosecco, or cava) and mixing it with …

Champagne

Victoria Moore: in search of the best burgundy

Where can I buy a good bottle of pinot noir from Burgundy?” is one of my least favourite wine questions, but it often comes up. The short answer is – you can’t. Or, at least, not very easily, and almost certainly not just when you want to. Good burgundy is not an Amazon Prime or Ocado commodity (or …

Wine

Blue Wine Ban; Soaking in a Saké Bath; How Beers are Like Dogs, and More News

Also, a wine cellar you can drive a truck through, plus making cider from your smartphone and a Champagne that talks to you. This week in news.<p>An …

Wine

26 Ways To Trick People Into Thinking You’re A Booze Expert

::swirls glass thoughtfully::<p><b>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</b><p>1. Educate your nose with a scratch & sniff book that’ll make you a whiskey whiz who knows the difference between Scotch and rye.<p>Get it from …

Wine

Coolest Koenigsegg you'll see today #2: Bordeaux Regera

A week ago, Koenigsegg revealed the first in a series of design renders whereby company employees specced their ideal Regera. The Prince-themed …

Wine

The award-winning craft gin made in Australia, not London

In just three years, Four Pillars Gin has won prestigious awards for each of its four mainstay spirits. So it might surprise you that the distillers …

Drinking

On the SoCal food trail with Curtis Stone: sunshine, Santa Ynez wine and celebrities

A self-proclaimed culinary simpleton takes a food safari through Californian wine country on a tasting trail inspired by one of Australia’s favourite TV chefs<p>“Bon fuckin’ appetit!”<p>With that, Dave Grohl bade cheerful adieu outside Gwen, Curtis Stone’s west Hollywood restaurant, where we’d both just …

Wine

You Can Now Drink Red Wine Without Getting Red Wine Teeth

Ah, red wine. It's delicious, fancy, linked to heart health, and gets you just the right amount of buzzed. Its one flaw? Drinking a glass of the …

Wine

2016 U.S. Wine Sales Give UPS And FedEx Reason To Smile

Nearly 4% of U.S. wine sales in 2016 ($2.33 billion) was not handled by traditional wholesaling and retailing channels. Instead, the wines were sold by and delivered from wine producers direct to consumers (DtC).<p>Gathered by ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics, the data was presented at the …

Wine

Tricks to Make a Bad Wine Better

HAVE YOU EVER stuck a spoon in an unfinished bottle of Champagne, stuffed Saran wrap into a decanter of corked wine or spun a Cabernet in a blender? These are just a few of the tricks oenophiles have been known to employ to save a wine from being poured down the drain.<p>Wine collectors regularly …

Wine

The End of America's Cognac Party

After the election of a protectionist U.S. president, 2016 didn’t end well for cosmopolitans -- the cocktail, that is.<p>That is judging by sales of Cointreau, one of the drink’s crucial ingredients. In a quarterly update French spirits group Rémy Cointreau noted a December slowdown in U.S. shipments …

Cognac

The Taxi Cocktail took us for a ride

<i>In our last installment of the irregular and irreverent series on drinks loosely connected to – or named after – automobiles, we quaffed a Bentley Cocktail which in its original form tasted something like antifreeze, except worse. This time, we explore the fascinating history of the Taxi, and the</i> …

Absinthe

There’s now a proper name for British sparkling wine

Unless you’re one of those fancy wine types, you may not know that there’s no such thing as British champagne.<p>There’s no such thing as British …

Wine

Drink: old whisky isn’t necessarily better than young whisky

The days when 20- or 30-year-old bottles ruled the roost are over. It’s now the young guns that are taking over the whisky world<p>Until recently, the older the whisky, the better it was regarded. Bottlings of 20- and 30-year-old spirits were more highly prized than those of 10 or 12. But things are …

Drinking

Unfiltered: French Protesters Destroy More Spanish Wine | Unfiltered | News & Features

In the early hours of Jan. 17, several dozen young vignerons and their supporters descended upon Prodis, a wine subsidiary of Carrefour, at their …

Wine

9 herbal gins you need to try

<b>Those who like their gin heavy on the juniper will love these herbal flavours.</b><p>11 of the best floral gins to welcome in the New Year<p>Botanicals range …

Drinking

Discover Second Runnings, Small Beers with Big Flavors

Like steeping tea for a second time, brewers from Alaska to Maine are reusing ingredients to make more sessionable beers.<p>At Marshall Wharf Brewing in …

Beer

Improve Your Drinking Knowledge With Our Guide To Fortified Wines

<i>First, the definition: Fortified wine is a wine fermentation fortified with a clear grape spirit or brandy to increase the shelf life and amp up the alcohol content. Sometimes sugars and botanicals are added to modify flavor profiles and deepen textures.</i><p>Ports, Sherries, Vermouths, Madeiras all have …

Wine

Uncle Duke’s Scotch Whisky

Uncle Duke’s Scotch Whisky was a secret up until very recently. It started life back in 2010 as a personal project from the people behind the …

Scotch Whisky

7 amazing cruises for food & wine enthusiasts

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Wine

Copper & Kings’ New Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

A spirit once spurned in the United States is now being produced with pride under the label <b>Copper & Kings Zmaj Absinthe Superior</b>. Located in …

Absinthe

The Case for Drinking More Young Whiskey

As a booze writer, I’m supposed to be up for trying everything. But I always had a strict rule against sampling young whiskey, also known as white whiskey or moonshine—in other words, anything that’s never touched oak. A few years ago, a white whiskey with notes of stomach acid and antifreeze made …

Drinking

St. Helena house, with its own vineyard, asks $33 million

It comes with $7.2 million worth of wine<p>What if just moving to wine country is not enough? What happens when a buyer actually wants a piece of that Napa action themselves?<p>In that case, the bill may run as high as $33.15 million, as is the case with 2900 Spring Mountain Road in St. Helena, a …

Wine