Battle of the somms

The sip-slurping masters of our wine lists do much more than just pour wine. We sent Sophie Thorpe to watch Britain’s finest sommeliers pitched against one another and to find out just what it takes to become the best As slurping fills the room, my stomach turns. A nervous-looking man, sporting an apron and suit […]

Meet the maker: Pepe Raventós

The Raventós are one of the oldest winemaking families in Spain, their history inextricably tied to that of Cava; but in 2012, they decided to turn their backs on the DO. Sophie Thorpe caught up with Pepe Raventós to find out more about the family’s history and what lies ahead for Raventós i Blanc The […]

Eat, drink and sleep: Margaret River

With the first direct flights from London to Perth touching down, we’ve put together our essential guide to one of the world’s most remote premium wine regions, Margaret River. Read on for tips on where to stay, what to eat and which wineries to visit It is only just over 50 years since Dr Tom […]

Breaking the mould: Birichino

As we focus on all-things American, Sophie Thorpe catches up with John Locke, one half of Birichino, to talk about old vines and “drinking” wines I’ve never heard anyone talk about vineyards the way John Locke does. There is a note of true affection that speaks of his absolute passion for the sites he works […]