Recipe: three ways to spruce up brussels sprouts

Overcooking sprouts is the ultimate festive crime, but it doesn’t stop most of us doing it year on year.

The best wines for Christmas 2017

A guide to this year’s best value supermarket wines

Why brandy is the true spirit of Christmas

Plus a selection of the best brandies to sample this festive season

Recipe: spiced red cabbage

A little judicious Christmas spicing can be completely glorious

Recipe: Christmas stollen

The advent calendars are out – and that means it’s also time for this delicious festive fruit bread

A woman on a mission to keep the fine wine flowing

Lizzy Rudd, the new chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd, on the tricks of the wine trade, working with family and drinking responsibly

Five rare breed cheeses to try

Across the world, historic cheese-making techniques are being rediscovered and deployed to stunning effect

The top draw restaurants loved by Britain’s best cartoonists

From the perfect fish and chips, to isolated country pubs and celebrity London hotspots

Breakfast is so Brexit (but avocados are definitely Remain)

Beware: one suspect meal could land you on the wrong side of the great divide

The best hampers for Christmas 2017

Succulent ham, salted caramel sauce, and rare-breed pork salami… wicker baskets have never been so exotic

I love Advent – it’s the gentle waltz to Christmas excess

You owe it to your liver to prepare it for the onslaught to come

Ditch the kitsch and give your Christmas vol-au-vents a modern makeover

These ones, on a Middle Eastern theme, make the idea retro canapé

Everyone loves a bar-room bawl

Britain’s traditional drinking ballads are dying out – and it’s time for a revival

20 courses with 20 wines? These are pairings from paradise

Mugaritz in Basque Country offers the most memorable foodie experience anywhere on the planet

Christmas sandwiches 2017: the best and worst

This year’s turkey sandwiches and veggie options tasted and rated

The best places to eat in Soho

Old haunts and brilliant new restaurants in the heart of London

Recipe: Chocolate tiffin

Add whatever sweet treats you like to this no-bake cake

Recipe: Toffee apples

The classic Bonfire Night treat

Five essential cookbooks for winter

Classic recipes and exotic inspiration for the winter months

How Armenia’s winemaking heritage is being rejuvenated

Henry Jeffreys visits a country rediscovering its viticultural riches

Why champagne is still the finest fizz

Sparkling wines from around the world can be delicious, but champagne will always be the best

Recipe: Pumpkin and cheese scones

A Halloween recipe that’s nothing to be scared of

The Amateur Drinker: Vintage memories of Blackberry Way

After a lifetime of abstinence, Paul Burke has decided to hit the bottle. This week, he tries red wine