Waiting for Godello

Rafael Palacios is a rare breed: a supreme Spanish winemaking talent whose heart lies with white, not red, grapes. Here, Sophie Thorpe talks to him about the moment he discovered Godello – and why he’s determined to get the grape the acclaim it deserves

Everything you need to know about Vermouth

Do you think of Vermouth as 1) a dusty cocktail-cabinet oddity or 2) an on-trend essential? Your answer will, doubtless, depend a great deal on how much time you spend in bars. Here, Sophie Thorpe (no stranger to a tipple) provides her essential guide to the drink

The mighty Giaconda

Small in scale but mighty in reputation, Giaconda is an undisputed star of the Australian wine scene. Sophie Thorpe visits its home, the little-known and secluded region of Beechworth, to catch up with winemaker Nathan Kinzbrunner

Five things you need to know about sustainable wine

Sustainable farming isn’t necessarily new, but recently sustainability has become the hot topic in wine – whether it’s natural, organic or biodynamic. We talked to three of California’s most exciting producers to try and discern what all the fuss is about