Month: October, 2016

Eat, drink and sleep: Rioja

With our focus firmly on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop offers an essential guide to planning a vinous adventure in Rioja, with tips on bodegas to visit, must-try dishes and where to stay. The quickest way to reach Rioja is to fly to Bilbao and drive due south – within an hour, you’re among the vineyards. […]

Spanish ageing explained

As we focus on all things Spanish, Spain Buyer Catriona Felstead MW de-codes three of the terms you’ll see on Spanish wine labels: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. Most of us are used to seeing the terms “Crianza”, “Reserva” or “Gran Reserva” on wine labels – but what do they actually mean? In Spain (unlike […]

Five tips for making cocktails at home

As London Cocktail Week hits town, we asked Alessandro Palazzi – master mixologist at Dukes – for his tips on making cocktails at home, from the truth about juice to simple bitter twists. Always use fresh organic fruit. Ignore the juice section of the supermarket and squeeze fresh fruit just before you need it. It’s […]