Stop what you’re doing for a moment, and take a moment to think which countries in the world we most closely associated with the finest alcoholic beverages. If ‘France’ was the first thing to pop into your mind, you’d be far from alone; for centuries, this country has dominated the wine and spirits world, and from Bordeaux to Champagne, from Armagnac to Cognac, and from the iconic wine bars of Paris to the cocktail bars of the Cote d’Azur, it remains a force to be reckoned with on the global drinks scene.
If the 21st century so far has been dominated by any particular spirit, then that spirit is unquestionably gin. Gin is in, and at least for now, it looks as though it’s never going to fade from the forefront of your favourite trendy bars. From the tried-and-tested classics we know and love, to weird, wonderful, and often hair-raising infusions and concoctions (we’ve seen everything from chipotle chilli gin to bubblegum-flavoured gin on shelves in the past couple of months), this ancient and widely-loved drink has seen a renaissance typified by sophistication, innovation, and a playfulness often absent from the fine spirits world. For gin fans, the good times are rolling like never before… and it’s an exciting time to discover the craft-driven variations which are blazing new trails for others to follow.
Simple yet complex, ancient yet modern, timeless yet constantly evolving; whisky is a spirit which contains worlds of flavour, and it never ceases to amaze and fascinate those who take the time to get to know it better.
Wine is an endlessly fascinating world to explore. With each bottle, we get the chance to uncover unique flavour combinations, unexpected aromas, and levels of tannin and acidity which vary from year to year, region to region, and winery to winery.
The chilly weather might not be completely behind us just yet, but there’s a silver lining to the clouds above us… and that’s that the balmy days of Spring are on their way. It’s a truly wonderful time of year;
Let’s face facts: the vast majority of us are not fully-trained sommeliers, and are unlikely to ever become one. However, that doesn’t mean we are in any way incapable of learning the fundamentals of the fine art of food and wine pairing… and art which, actually, is far simpler and more straightforward than most of us ever realised.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or someone who is brand new to wine tasting, going along to wineries, cellar doors or tasting tables at wine merchants is rarely anything but an absolute treat for the senses. Tasting sessions are the perfect way to explore the endlessly varied world of wine - there are hundreds of thousands of bottles out there, and each one has something unique to say about the grape, the style, the region and the individual flavours and aromas within.
As any wine lover would be quick to tell you, the world of wine is one which never stops evolving, never stops expanding, and is constantly keeping you on your toes. Every year, it seems as if another country steps into the wine industry, keen to get involved in this ancient and endlessly satisfying drink, and eager to discover what secrets their soils can reveal.
We all know the scene: it’s been a busy week at work, you’re feeling a little tired and in need of some indulgence, and your sofa is looking more than a little tempting right now. What’s more, Netflix and that new box set is calling your name, and you can think of nothing better than curling up for the evening with a mountain of your favourite binge foods, a hefty load of snacks, and a well-paired bottle of wine. Now, doesn’t that sound heavenly?
Beer is indeed one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world.
However, useful and interesting facts about beer are known only to a few.
Here are 9 things worth knowing about beer: