Red wines for autumn nights | Fiona Beckett on wine

Autumn and winter are a time for big reds from sunnier climates, so think malbec, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot to add fireworks to curries, chillies and bangersI don’t know about you, but this is my least favourite time…

Andalucia’s spectacular wines find new fan base in Japan

ANDALUCIAN wines have long been considered some of the best in the country, with Sherry, Rioja and Rueda among the favourites. And now the region’s white, red and rose offerings have extended their popularity to East Asia. Japan is…

Whisky, women and sexism | David Williams

All too often drinks are described in gender-specific terms, it’s high time that stoppedPenderyn Celt Whisky, Wales (£36.88, penderynstore.com) A ripple from the culture war disturbed the placid surface of the drinks industry earlier this month. The cause: a liberal sprinkling of liberal-baiting tasting notes from the pen of spirits writer Jim Murray, as published in the latest edition of his annual Whisky Bible. In an Instagram post, fellow whisky writer Becky Paskin took issue with the apparent sexism of Murray’s notes: Paskin found “34 references to whisky being ‘sexy’ and many more crudely comparing drinking whisky to having sex with women.” The descriptions of the whiskies made by Welsh distiller Penderyn were particularly distasteful. As Paskin pointed out, Penderyn has an all-female distilling and blending team. Given his power in the whisky industry, that gives Murray’s Swiss Tony-ish response to Penderyn Celt (“If this was a woman, I’d want to make love to it every night. And in the morning. And afternoon, if I could find the time… and energy…”) a distinctly creepy cast – not to mention an image that I’d rather not have in my head when I have a dram of this fine whisky.Zuccardi Valles Torrontés, Salta,…

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