Wine & Food

At 19, heavy drinking was the only one way I could prepare for University Challenge

Our opponents were already in the studio looking brainy and sober

4 Jun 2016

Blancmange is either ignored or despised: here’s how to make one that’s neither slimy nor bland

Much more subtle than its lurid cousin the jelly, it never belonged at children’s parties

To drink a beer called ‘Maple Bacon Coffee Porter’ is to say: ‘I’m better than you’

How fussy fans of ‘artisan’ brewing brought hipster snobbery to the everyman world of beer-drinking

4 Jun 2016

You won’t make a profit buying Bordeaux en primeur

Snce 2008 punters have lost money on every single vintage except 2012

3 Jun 2016

A splash of Burgundy

A unique dinner with rare bottles from Domaine Leroy

23 Mar 2016

The best champagne is worth sitting down to

How to appreciate the true sparkle of a good vintage

5 Dec 2015

The wine world’s greatest battle: Burgundy vs Bordeaux

One subtly envelops your taste buds, while the other merely triggers them

26 Sep 2015

A toast to grape Britain

A Prosecco shortage? Maybe try Grape Britain.

23 Jun 2015

Buck fizz

Surely it should be OK to dislike Champagne?

20 Jun 2015

Zen and the Art of Scotch

Miranda Grant is enthusiastic about whisky. At last December’s whisky auction in Edinburgh, a bottle of 55-year-old Glenfiddich was sold…