Tipples

The best wines to enjoy during lockdown

Make self isolation a little more palatable with our pick of the month’s best wines.

6 Apr 2020

8 wine delivery services to use during lockdown

Supermarkets are running out of wine as well as the basics so why not support an independent wine merchant instead?

23 Mar 2020

Eight wines to go with your pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

We’ve selected the perfect bottles of wine to partner up with your pancakes

22 Feb 2020

Wines of the month: Mencia is the trend-setting grape on everyone’s lips

Mencia’s floral flavours and a £7.25 bottle from Waitrose are the wines to watch out for in February.

14 Feb 2020

Wines of the month: try Canadian fizz from British Columbia

Megxit provides us with the perfect excuse to toast the fine wines coming out of Canada, from Niagara to British Columbia.

23 Jan 2020

Does Jay Z’s Armand de Brignac champagne pass the taste test?

Reese Witherspoon famously stole a glass at the Golden Globes but, at £1,095 a bottle, does it live up to the hype?

16 Jan 2020

What to drink this Christmas

Christmas Eve Gin reigned supreme once more this year and come Christmas many of us will be reaching for the…

20 Dec 2019

Wines of the month: 6 of the best for Christmas

2018 Alamos Uco Valley Malbec, 13.5%vol, (£6.99 if you mix 6; Majestic). From Mendoza’s Uco Valley, an easy-going Malbec that’s…

19 Dec 2019

Five of the best ports for Christmas

They do things properly at Quinta do Noval: after every dinner of deliciously sturdy Portuguese food, the decanters come round.…

16 Dec 2019

The best gins to drink this Christmas

Go off the beaten track to discover distilleries that will satisfy even the most discerning gin-lover

13 Dec 2019

Six cheese and wine pairings for Christmas

The flavours of these traditional Christmas cheeses are transformed when matched with the right wine

10 Dec 2019

Wines of the week: try Queen Victoria’s favourite tipple

Here’s what to drink as we head into the festive season

29 Nov 2019

The best advent calendars for foodies

From craft cider to cheese, there’s an advent calendar out there for you

18 Nov 2019

Wines of the week: try a pale red from South West Romania

A Pinot Noir from the hillside vineyards of South West Romania is one of our wines of the week

15 Nov 2019

Wines of the week: try port from the Douro Valley

From an established Beaujolais winemaker to an affordable white from Sancerre, here’s what to drink this weekend

8 Nov 2019

Wines of the week: watch the rugby final with a glass of English fizz

2010 Ambriel Classic Cuvée, 12%vol, (£72.50 per magnum) It’s the Rugby World Cup final this weekend and drink will be…

1 Nov 2019

Wines of the week: try wine from a renaissance vineyard

It’s easy to see why wines from Domaine Paul Blanck & Fils grace the tables of France’s grandest restaurants

25 Oct 2019

Wines of the week: try an Argentinian white that was made by mistake

Winemaker Francois Lurton ordered Chardonnay cuttings from France, was sent Pinot Gris by mistake, planted it anyway and was taken aback by how well it grew at altitude

18 Oct 2019

Wines of the week: try a pink crémant from Bordeaux

2018 Botte de Conti Pecorino Terre di Chieti, 12%vol, (£5.75; Lidl) I normally wouldn’t even look at a wine this…

11 Oct 2019

Wines of the week: try a Chardonnay from the Western Cape

We round up the best wines to drink this weekend

4 Oct 2019

Wines of the week: try a red from the foothills of the Andes

From South American reds to English fizz, here’s what to drink this weekend

27 Sep 2019

What to drink during the Rugby World Cup

The morning games of the Rugby World Cup are giving us all an excuse to embrace early morning drinking.

25 Sep 2019

Wines of the week: try an autumnal red from Avignon

From a plum-infused red wine to South Africa’s most elegant winery, here’s our pick of the week’s best vintages

13 Sep 2019

Why Chablis is the wine of the moment

No longer confined to office parties and picnics, Chablis is having a revival

9 Sep 2019

Wines of the week: try a Chilean red from a renowned winemaker

Taste the Chilean wine that should be in the cellar of every serious wine collector

6 Sep 2019

Wines of the week: discover the ideal red for meat lovers

Pair your steak with a Californian red and sip on a best-selling claret this week

1 Sep 2019