Your guide to London Wine Week

Today marks the start of the Big Smoke’s annual celebration of wine, and with hundreds of events and offers on around the city, we highlight the ones we’ll be making a beeline for This year’s London Wine Week “hub” is Flat Iron Square – drop by for jeroboams of Pol Roger, white Port and tonic […]

The flavour of things to come: taste and technology

As the British Library dedicates a season of events to food, Sophie Thorpe finds out how science is changing the way we eat and drink “I think it is a sad reflection on our civilization that while we can and do measure the temperature in the atmosphere of Venus, we do not know what goes […]

Notes from Down Under: water into wine

As Sophie Thorpe wraps up vintage for one year, the cycle shows signs of beginning all over again. Here she recounts part two of life as a cellar-hand at Pierro winery in Margaret River, Western Australia. Any winemaker will tell you that 95 percent of winemaking is cleaning; what they won’t tell you is quite how wet […]

Notes from Down Under: all in a day’s work

On her first foray into life on a winery as well as being “Down Under”, Sophie Thorpe shares her initial impressions on becoming a cellar hand, deep in the heart of Australia’s Margaret River “It’s going to be dirty. It’s going to be physical. And it’s going to be hard,” Nic Peterkin – my boss […]