Feliz Navidad: Rioja’s Christmas credentials

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As 25th December approaches and planning begins for feasting galore, our Buyer Catriona Felstead MW argues that one region might just have the answer to any and all of the season’s food-pairing conundrums

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Category: Spanish Wine

On the pour: William Pickering Tawny Port

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Every month we highlight one of the wines currently available to taste in the Enomatic machines in our London shop. This time, it’s the turn of a Christmas favourite: our rich and nutty own-label Tawny Port

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Category: Port and Sherry

Finding its roots: Syrah’s success in New Zealand

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Photograph: Jason Lowe

Photograph: Jason Lowe

While the country might be associated with Marlborough Sauvignon, New Zealand has much more to offer. Recently returned from the country, Amanda Barnes explains why Syrah is emerging as one of its most prized varieties, producing complex and cellar-worthy styles

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Category: New World

Why amber is precious: orange wine

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Skin maceration - the process that produces the colour and flavour in orange wines, taking place in a qvevri. Photograph: Slobodne Vinartsko

Photograph: Slobodne Vinartsko

Skin-macerated whites were once a rarity savoured by curious wine-lovers, but now wine lists country-wide have a dedicated “orange” section. As his book Amber Revolution is released, orange-evangelist Simon Woolf argues why – when it comes to wine – we should be embracing shades of amber

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Category: Miscellaneous