It is interesting to contemplate how certain drinks (or brands) acquired their names. Wines are often named after their home village or area. Single malts are named after the distilleries that produce them. Other drinks are named after the company founder, be he Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam or Mr Heineken.
We all know the French take food and drink extremely seriously, so much so in that people can become cultural knights or Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres – awarded for a significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.
With a fine fragrance, fruity freshness, and a stream of tiny bubbles that run the gamut from beigey-pink to deep salmon, sparkling rose radiates charm and personality.
AT first sight, a Kentish vineyard seems as far removed from a whisky distillery as it is possible to imagine. However, when I recently visited Biddenden Winery south of Ashford, Kent, little details kept popping up that reminded me of whisky.
The undisputed king of garden displays, RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 23 to 27) is a marvellous excuse to toast the darling buds of May with crowd-pleasing cocktails, floral-inspired labels and fragrant wines.
We’re becoming a nation of smart drinkers. The amount of alcohol we’re consuming is going down (slightly) and the quality of what we’re drinking is going up.
Sam Wylie-Harris picks some pretty pinks and romantic reds to celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14
Sam Wylie-Harris pulls the cork on the best whites and reds for Christmas Day
Sam Wylie-Harris rounds up the best festive gifts for wine and spirit lovers
Sam Wylie-Harris toasts Thanksgiving with some patriotic pours and food-friendly wines for pre-Christmas turkey celebrations