Why cider is the new fine wine

Cider is growing in status and sophistication. Here’s a guide to the best varieties to try this summer.

The best Bordeaux wines to try this Spring

Thanks to a run of good vintages, first-rate bottles of Bordeaux are suddenly affordable. Here are the best ones to try.

Dry January is over: here’s what to drink

The cold snap provides ample opportunity for brandy and port while clichéd cocktails are set to make a comeback

The best wines from South Africa

The much maligned South African Pinotage grape is due a renaissance

For festive drinking, choose Christmas spirits

December is a great time of the year to rebel against what Kingsley Amis called ‘the tyranny of wine’

The best craft gins to buy

Britain’s favourite spirit comes in many fine forms

Can sherry make a comeback?

‘Granny’s favourite’ is no longer the ubiquitous tipple it once was in British homes – and it’s struggling in Spain, too

Ryder Cup 2018: American vs European beers

The beers to drink while watching Europe and America’s best golfers do battle

The finest rums to buy

Sample the sipping rums that are giving whisky a run for its money

How vodka is getting back in the mix

Gin is the spirit of the moment, but one Dutch distillery is out to prove vodka doesn’t have to be a bland alternative

The perfect tea for fusspots

A self-proclaimed tea snob discovers a pleasing Twist on his favourite hot drink

Is it worth switching to sake?

Japanese rice wine is said to be a ‘clean’ option for drinkers – Jonathan McAloon gave it a try

The best English sparkling wines

Homegrown fizz is giving champagne a run for its money

Sicily: Dramatic landscapes, delicious wines

The fertile ground surrounding Mount Etna is home to a remarkable group of wineries

Beware the drinks bores!

From Bloody Mary to craft beer, certain drinks attract those who do like to drone on

How I learned to love champagne

A champagne-sceptic develops a taste for expensive fizz thanks to a flying visit to Mallorca

Britain’s best gin experiences

From distillery tours to well-stocked bars, a guide for gin-lovers to savour

How to make the perfect gin and tonic

Expert advice on getting your G&T just right

How to pair beer with food

Enjoy a glass of stout with your steak or an IPA with your Indian

Collection of Irish whiskey in shot glasses

Go beyond Guinness for your St Patrick’s Day drinks

Ireland’s finest whiskey, small-batch gin and craft stout will keep you nicely topped up on March 17

The spirited women behind one of the world’s finest rums

Photographer Nicolee Drake meets the weavers of Guatemala

How to bluff as a wine buff

Masquerade as a connoisseur with these tips from The Wine Show’s Amelia Singer

English wine: the best of the bunch

Give these homegrown wines a chance and you won’t be disappointed

The fad for non-alcoholic drinks overlooks one thing: they’re all disgusting

Are people so vulnerable to social pressure to get sloshed they must pretend to be drinking when they aren’t?

Craft beer: a beginner’s guide

The best places to buy it and top tips for picking your perfect ale