Sherry: The Fino Things

02 January, 2014

Hamish Smith has been to Jerez to see whether renewed sherry optimism closer to home in the UK has translated into sales

Rock climber-turned distiller Ralph Erenzo talks to Hamish Smith about Sonic Maturation and selling Hudson bourbon to the big boys

Aquavit: Water of Life

12 December, 2013

Aquavit is Scandinavian flavoured vodka or a Nordic version of gin. Christian Davis explores his roots

Rum's road to the dark side

12 December, 2013

Rum stirs up more than just flavours. Lucy Britner finds out what’s happening in cocktail culture

Boar Wars

10 December, 2013

Hamish Smith visits Roussillon in France, a region on the up despite myriad challenges – including the hogs that are driving winemakers crazy

Irish Whiskey: Distilling Gem

25 November, 2013

Irish Whiskey is booming every which way. Everyone appears to be up for it, including Christian Davis who went to the Midleton Housewarming in the Emerald Isle

Gift Packaging: It's a wrap

25 November, 2013

There’s big money to be had in the world of drinks gifting. Hamish Smith investigates

A profile of Rachel Barrie

20 November, 2013

Rachel Barrie is on a mission to broaden the drinking demographic of Scotch. Jaq Bayles caught up with the Morrison Bowmore master blender at Glen Garioch distillery

Vodka really is the chameleon of the spirits world. Lucy Britner uncovers its many guises

Herbal Hotspot

28 October, 2013

Recruiting new consumers is the main challenge facing bitters, but the cocktail is there to help. Patience Gould reports

Raising the Bargh

28 October, 2013

Robbie Bargh is head of the Gorgeous Group, which comes up with concepts for the hospitality business. Crucially, it also makes them happen. Christian Davis catches up with the ideas man

Cocktail equipment

18 October, 2013

Cocktail-making can require an astonishing array of equipment. Lucy Britner consults the experts on what they really can’t do without

Sherry casks are pricey but offer malt whisky another dimension. Gavin D Smith reports

Diageo’s purchase of Indian drinks group United Spirits once again puts the spotlight on a true sleeping giant. Dominic Roskrow on a divided sector

Baijiu: Dark Matter

18 October, 2013

Baijiu is the world’s biggest spirit with the world’s biggest consumer base. It is already international but can it broaden its appeal to western palates? Hamish Smith reports

Patrick van Zuidam is one of the new generation of Dutch distillers for whom quality is paramount. Christian Davis visits

Spanish Wine

02 October, 2013

Spain may be Old World but it is arguably the least Old World of the major wine producing countries. Christian Davis reports

The G&T

02 October, 2013

In Spain it’s treated with a reverential respect which has hitherto not been apparent in other gin strongholds – but now the G&T is under the spotlight. Patience Gould reports

Cocktail Culture

02 October, 2013

Lucy Britner provides the definitive lowdown on cocktail culture

Shochu: A Drop in the Ocean

02 October, 2013

Japanese shochu is seeking broader shores, and interest from restaurants and cocktail bars outside its homeland are providing hope. Hamish Smith talks to the purveyors of this unusual distillate

Soju: Korea Moves

02 October, 2013

Soju is little-known outside its birthplace, Korea, but Hamish Smith senses a sea-change

Focus on Argentina

02 October, 2013

Hamish Smith travels to Argentina and finds that economic policy is steering the direction of the country’s wine industry

American Whiskey: Craft Work

10 September, 2013

American whiskey is being revolutionised by a rampant craft distilling industry – but will new brands enhance or damage the US’s reputation for quality, asks whiskey writer Dominic Roskrow

Diageo's Johnnie Walker was the world's best selling scotch whisky in 2012, with 18.9 million 9-litre case sales, a 5% increase on 2011.

Gin Overview

30 August, 2013

Lucy Britner delves into the murky past of gin to catalogue its beginnings and see how far it has come – and where it might end up

Vodka Overview

30 August, 2013

It’s come a long way and there’s still plenty of opportunity for vodka to develop. Ian Wisniewski investigates the options

Tonic water

30 August, 2013

It’s a widely underestimated component of the classic gin mix, but tonic water is gaining ground when it comes to premiumisation. Hamish Smith reports

Cognac overview

30 August, 2013

Production of Cognac is limited by its geography and its vineyards, so how is it coping with increasing demand? Hamish Smith investigates

Liqueurs: Top of the pile

08 August, 2013

The cocktail remains central to liqueurs action and, for producers, keeping their brand relevant is a number one priority. Patience Gould reports

Profile: Ian Burrell

06 August, 2013

Hamish Smith hooks up with self-styled global rum ambassador Ian Burrell in Venezuela

Genever: Beyond Convention

06 August, 2013

Lucy Britner looks into the growing phenomenon of the spirit that’s definitely not gin

There’s a whiff of uprising in Bordeaux’s middle classes. Hamish Smith reports 

The Chilean wine industry is on the up and up as other countries learn how much it has to offer. Christian Davis reports

Profile: Huub van Doorne

23 July, 2013

Huub van Doorne, Lucas Bols ‘chief energising officer’, talks passion, ambition and empowerment with Jaq Bayles

Champagne: The Prestige

23 July, 2013

For a while it looked like Champagne was losing its lustre, but Lucy Britner finds more consumers being attracted to quality

Peeling back the label

04 July, 2013

DI talks to Stuart Kellock, MD of self-adhesive label printers Label Apeel about the secrets to drinks labelling.

Intellectual property lawyer Oliver Tidman observes how Chinese sancitons on scotch counterfeits can be linked to the Scotch Whisky Association's work in the country

Dark Rum

07 June, 2013

Rum is known for its sunny disposition, but now is revealing hidden depths. Jaq Bayles gets in touch with its serious side

English wine has come of age and can now bear comparison with what the rest of the world’s wine producers can offer. Christian Davis reports

Pastis

05 June, 2013

A very French product is showing innovation and a willingness to tackle new markets. Lucy Britner reports 

Many bars suffer because of bad design. Specialist Simon Knowles takes us through our paces.

There are approximately 377 indigenous grape varieties in Italy. Diverse doesn’t cover half of it. Christian Davis reports

Patience Gould checks out the latest state of play in the blended Scotch whisky world – and finds much cause for optimism

Spirit of the Vikings

02 May, 2013

Hamish Smith unearths the past of Chivas and Royal Salute with master blender Colin Scott and finds a history steeped in Scotch

White Rum: White Noise

10 April, 2013

Hamish Smith investigates the evolution and future trajectory of white rum

Whisky Cocktails

04 March, 2013

Patience Gould takes a look at how mixologists are making Scotch whisky the very heart of a cocktail

Profile: Beltran Domecq

07 February, 2013

With a name like Beltran Domecq, you know this man has sherry in his veins. Christian Davis meets the new head of the Sherry Institute

There is increasing awareness and demand for low and lower-alcohol wines. Christian Davis checks on who’s doing what

Syrups: Keeping it Simple

06 February, 2013

Lucy Britner delves into the world of sugar syrups – and finds there’s more to them than meets the eye

Cachaça: Critical Mass

06 February, 2013

Now that cachaça has legal status in the States, it’s bound to start moving in countries other than its homeland. But for now, Brazil remains the focal point. Hamish Smith reports

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David Williams

Looks can be deceptive

At the beginning of the year, british supermarket Sainsbury’s quietly introduced a new Chilean wine brand.

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