Finding its roots: Syrah’s success in New Zealand

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

Why amber is precious: orange wine

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

Mystery in miniature

Julian Wiseman – the author of a new reference book, Port Vintages – attempts to unravel one of the smallest secrets of our history; the identity of a few bottles in a rather special cellar

Hitting the sweet spot

Artfully balancing sweetness and acidity, enjoyed with food – or just with the cricket – German wines are a pleasure we should indulge in argues chef, restaurateur and journalist Rowley Leigh