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Wine - Other

What to drink now

As the nights start to draw in, match some autumnal fare with spicy South African reds, classic claret, or a nutty glass of tawny port.

Pinot Grigio_True ColoursMake mine a Pinot Grigio

It may often be dismissed as boring, but Pinot Grigio's light, refreshing, food-friendly characteristics make it the perfect summer tipple.

Event Insurance Services ChristmasWhat to Drink Now

Make the most of fresh and lively summer wines while the sun is still shining. Here is Square Meal's pick of the bunch.

white wine tastingWhat to drink now

As spring starts to make its presence felt, why not try some French and Spanish white wines to suit the warmer days, or look to Italy and Argentina for reds that will also hit the mark?

white wine tastingWhat to drink this spring

As spring starts to make its presence felt, try French and Spanish whites to suit warmer days, or look to Italy and Argentina for reds that will hit the mark.

new-wave wine bars_noble wines 2013London’s new-wave wine bars

There’s a revolution under way on the London wine scene. Square Meal recommends the London venues offering a glass of the good stuff.

know your sommelier 2012Make the most of your sommelier

Some sommeliers can be intimidating but their advice may be invaluable. Let your sommelier help you find a wine you like at a price you want to pay.

taylors port feature 2012Taste the Difference

Chocolate or cheese with a glass of port is a delicious indulgence to enjoy at home. We try simple and hedonistic matches with the Taylor’s range to wonderful effect.

ara wines promotion_harrys barEnjoy Ara Wines in London bars

Get to know the range of Ara Wines from Marlborough in New Zealand, with an exciting promotion in venues across the capital.

what to drink now_summer 2012What to Drink Now: summer 2012

As the days get warmer it’s time to try some crisp, food-friendly whites, as well as lighter reds that are perfect for summer drinking, says Simon Woods.

vintages feature_summer 2012Good times: the end of bad vintages

Once upon a time – and we’re going back 20-odd years – there used to be things called bad vintages. The summer would be cold and wet, or perhaps there’d be torrential rain from one end of harvest to the other, and the grapes would come in slimy with rot; but somehow – for reasons that shall be explained – that doesn’t happen anymore. Today’s wine drinkers have grown up in a world where one good vintage follows another, and the only question is one of style: the structure of one year, or the juicy fruit of another.

water and wine 2012Eau so special: matching food with water

Matching wine and food with water? Have you ever heard of such a thing? Chris Mercer talks to the new generation of experts who believe it’s all down to the terroir.

yalumba 2012Yalumba: when quality counts

Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery and that heritage shows itself in an outstanding range of white and red wines.

people on vineyardLiving the dream

When conditions get too tough in Britain, with rainy days, dark nights, transport woes and constant stress, many fantasise about opting out of the rat race, buying a vineyard and making their own wine. But what does it take to succeed in this dream? Meet some Brits who have made the grade.

riesling weekGerman Riesling Week, 23-31 July

Get ready to celebrate Riesling Week from 23-31 July by learning more about German Rieslings.

L'EtrangerWine auctions at L'Etranger

Kensington’s L’Etranger is launching a monthly wine auction. Bid for more than 100 lots, including Champagne and red, white and sweet wines, available to purchase by the bottle or the case.

investment2Bargain Hunting

An over-inflated investment market has put many of the top echelon of fine wines beyond the reach of the average wine lover. Don’t despair, says Andrew Catchpole, there are many excellent alternatives to the big names that stand up to cellaring and are great, affordable drinking to boot

newzealand4A Journey to Savour

New Zealand’s Classic Wine Trail offers spectacular scenery, wildlife and fantastic food along the way, meaning there’s an awful lot more to discover than the wine. So what do you say UK?

english5Sipping for England - UK Vineyards

Visiting a vineyard isn’t just something to do when you fly off on a foreign holiday. A growing number of English winemakers are welcoming visitors through their gates – and some of them can be reached on a day-trip from London. Susanna Forbes reports

argentinaThe Height of Cool - Argentina

It surely can’t be long before Argentina realises its full potential as a great wine producer. For now, Mark de Wesselow visits two regions that are doing much to raise the country’s profile

new zealand winesGrapevine - what’s happening in the world of wine

Your guide to what’s happening in the world of wine. Edited by Julie Sheppard

wine appearance bottle pourInsiders guide to... wine appearance

All of your senses play a part in assessing a wine, beginning with sight. The intensity of colour will tell you how old a wine is. Red wines are deeper in colour when they are young, and have a dark red/purple appearance. They become paler as they get older, taking on a brick red/brown colour. White wines often have a green tint when they are young and become more golden yellow with age.

Vinedo Mendoza - ArgentinaWines around Argentina

Discover the diversity on offer from this exciting South American country with Square Meal’s guide to its wine regions

Vineyard - PortugalExploring Portugal Wines

With its wealth of native grapes and long-standing traditional values, Portugal can be a difficult country to understand when it comes to wine. Now, as a new generation of winemakers start to modernise the industry, Charles Metcalfe guides you through the regions

GruyeresSwiss Bliss

Travel around Switzerland and you’ll find a surprisingly wide range of gastronomic delights. Square Meal takes a gourmet tour

Wine - PortugalRed Hot - Portuguese Wines

With a host of excellent native grape varieties, Portugal produces some red wines well worth seeking out. Charles Metcalfe points you in the right direction

Heroic Spirit - Mercedes Wine Tour - Cognac

There is one grape-growing region of France where producers have something other than wine on their minds. Hamish Anderson steers his Mercedes C-Class estate in the direction of Cognac and its noble spirit

Hidden Charm - Mercedes Wine Tour - Germany

Neville Walker takes the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz R-Class luxury tourer for a journey through the Pfalz, Rheinhessen and Baden to rediscover these classic German wine regions

Harvest timeArgentina - the benefits of altitude

Famous the world over for its high-altitude vineyards, Argentina plans to double its on-trade presence in the next few years. So how do these great heights influence the wines? Joe Fattorini joins the mile-high club to find out more

Argentine vineyardsArgentine Malbec

Its intense fruit and ripe, food-friendly tannins mean Argentine Malbec, grown in the foothills of the Andes, matches up to what many people are looking for in a red wine. Mark de Wesselow charts the grape’s rise