The Alentejo is a vast arid region, historically best-known for growing wheat and cork oak trees

Portuguese winemaker Luis Duarte is a sought-after winery consultant

Demand for wines lighter in body and alcohol steps up in summer

Beer goes well at a barbecue but there are wine options too

This refreshing tipple is the perfect drink to serve at summer weddings

 A vineyard at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia – where the cooler climate produces some excellent Chardonnay

Australian and New Zealand producers show the varietal never really went away

The ingredients for making your own gin and tonic

With the right combinations of herbs, spices and alcohol, it’s possible to make a passable gin and tonic

Beaune: many of the  old buildings have been restored making it a very pleasant town to stroll around, with plenty of shops offering wine, food and much more

The use of the Burgundy name is now restricted solely to wines made in the region, which has become a destination of choice for ma(...)

Yet again the festival promises a feast of food and drink producers and experts from Ireland and around the world

While some vermouths are good on their own, or with a splash of bitters and/or citrus juice, they come into their own in cocktails.

Vermouth is a key ingredient in cocktails, and you can cook with it too

The name Bobal is derived from bovale, or bull, as the bunches of grapes are said to be shaped like a bull’s head

In the last five years, Bobal has been revived by a small group of producers

The self-professed workaholic talks wine, women and the web

The Italians love lighter red wines, often with a little acidity; perfect with food, the only time they drink wine

A vast choice of wines to drink rather than show-off

A trip along the Rhine and its tributaries is one of the great wine visits

Nothing rivals the precise, delicate complexity of great German Riesling

Think again before you reach for the Bordeaux this Easter lunch

White spirits, and gin in particular, are having their moment

New Zealand: Pinot Noir here varies greatly in style, but the best are relatively full-bodied, sometimes spicy, with delicious soft ripe dark fruits and sufficient structure to age for a few years. Photograph: Thinkstock

New Zealand’s cherry-scented Pinot Noirs are among the best in the world

The makers: Cameron Wallace (right) of Eight Degrees Brewing

Every Friday, John Wilson selects one great beer and one great wine which are perfect for drinking at the weekend. This week: Eigh(...)

Single Malt whisky (or whiskey) tends to be drier and more biscuity in flavour, whereas single pot still has a richer texture, described as creamy or oily, often with a light spiciness and apple or pear fruits. Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish Single Pot Still whiskies are carving a niche as a premium product

The Makers: Raul Perez, left, makes amazing idiosyncratic Spanish wines while Paddy McDonald produces the crowd-pleasing, light and refreshing 12 Acres Pale Ale

Every Friday, John Wilson selects one great beer and one great wine which are perfect for drinking at the weekend. This week: 12 A(...)

Worldwide sales of this New Zealand Sauvignon have quadrupled over the past decade, making it one of the wine world’s great succ(...)

In-flight: the standard advice is to go for full-bodied wines with low acid and plenty of ripe fruit. Champagne and other sparkling wines taste better, as the bubbles stimulate our senses (although they also increase the speed at which we ingest alcohol). Photograph: Thinkstock
High-flying wines

Airlines take pride in serving their country’s finest wines on board, especially in first and business class, but do they spare a (...)

Pinot Gris, more widely known by its Italian name Pinot Grigio, is one of the most popular grapes around

The Pinot grape is parent to more than 100 other varieties, but it’s the white variant known to us as Grigio, Gris or Blanc that i(...)

The smaller Chianti Classico region of Tuscany is the original area of production with a history going back centuries

If you want a great tasting wine that works really well with food, look no further

What could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day than a Brangelina rosé made on the Provençal estate owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt?

On Valentine’s Day, when it comes to wine, you may want to reach for something pink and sparkling

Kegs are cheaper to ship, and take up far less space than bottles. Once opened, they will last up to three months

Wine on tap could allow us to drink better wine, perhaps at a cheaper price. It’s already popular abroad, and making inroads into (...)

Gabriel Cooney of On The Grapevine, Dalkey, Co Dublin: “As a small specialist retailer down a side street, we have to innovate all the time”

After independent wine traders came under pressure during the recession new and innovative ways of promoting wine were needed – (...)

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