Wine

A Guide to Porto and the Douro Valley

Zahra Razavi | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Porto's historic city centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason. Undoubtedly, one of the best things you can get up to during a stay in Porto is simply to wander and wonder; to engage in the well-established art of flânerie - to walk around idly and aimlessly. Here are some things to look out for on your strolls around the city.

Planet Appetite: A Taste of Istria, Croatia

Rupert Parker | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Coastal Istria has long been a holiday destination, with the Roman amphitheatre of Pula a major attraction, and the town of Rovinj offering cool sophistication. The countryside inland is relatively new to tourism but its forested rolling hills, topped with fortified villages, like Motovun, is startlingly attractive.

Back of the Net!

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

To make the most of your weekend, and say a sorrowful/welcome goodbye to the World Cup for another four years (delete where appropriate), we've a whole host of Matchday Munchies on Food Tube!

Planet Appetite: Savour the Tastes of the Azores at 10 Fest, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Portugal

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Over 10 days, 10 renowned international chefs from England, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, America and Canada serve up their interpretations of modern Azorean cuisine at 10 Fest Azores, in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores.

Has Bordeaux Killed the En Primeur Futures Market?

Nick Martin | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Nick Martin

First out of the blocks in 2013 was Pontet Canet - rather too soon for many given the trade had not yet tasted it - releasing at around £635+ per case. The best offer we saw was from Nickolls and Perks for £635 inclusive of free storage until autumn 2017.

Morocco: Lucky Number Five

Noelle Reno | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Noelle Reno

As part of my Eat, Pray, Love adventure, Morocco was the fifth phase of my twelve countries in twelve months journey that I couldn't wait to escape my busy city life to. The number five carries huge significance in their culture and everywhere I went this number seemed to appear.

Planet Appetite: Into Mysterious Albania

Rupert Parker | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Long seen as one of the severest former communist countries, Albania has now emerged from the darkness and is a surprisingly attractive tourist destination.

Mr Éric Chavot and His Culinary Haven

Max De Lucia | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Max De Lucia

Great food, sunshine and a move to the French military harbour of Toulon rekindled the rugby magic for Jonny Wilkinson. Unfortunately I don't think I'll have any calls coming in from Laporte to fill his boots. A shame; I do fancy the Mediterranean.

Wine of the Week: Vidal, Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah 2010, New Zealand

Tom Cannavan | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

Now there's no doubt that New Zealand's wine reputation rests on the punchy white Sauvignon Blanc that has become their trump card, and latterly Pinot Noir perhaps, so it may come as a surprise that they can also do the big, beefy and bold red wine styles too.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 75 - Collecting Ladybirds and Plates

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Sorting through my books, I rediscovered a stash of Ladybird Books and spent a delicious couple of hours reveling in both an erstwhile collecting obsession and a flashback to my childhood. In the 60s, when I was learning to read, these little hardback books were my constant pleasure.

Asa Bennett

House Of Lords Bought HOW Many Thousands Of Champagne Bottles?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics

The House of Lords has bought in over 17,000 bottles of champagne since the coalition began, enough to give each peer just over five bottles of bubbly...

Red Wine And Chocolate Don't Contain Magic Youth Potion

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Resveratrol, the antioxidant touted as the wonderful life-preserver found in chocolate and red wine, sadly isn't all it's cracked up to be. Scient...

Five Star Sexism - Hotels and Restaurants That Treat Women Like Second Class Citizens

Madame Allsorts | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Madame Allsorts

In balance to my oestrogen-fuelled argument, there are the crusaders to dinning equality which should be celebrated. The Belmond group seem to have tackled the problem with one simple question, "Who would like to try the wine?" ...Oh how simple the key to dining equality needs to be!

Planet Appetite: Food Routes in Virginia, USA

Rupert Parker | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Just across the river from Washington DC, Virginia boasts brilliant oysters, interesting wines and seed-to-plate eating.

Think Wine Is Healthier Than Beer? You're Wrong

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Would you rather have a glass of Chardonnay or a pint of Guinness? According to a new study, most of us wrongly believe wine is healthier than bee...

Planet Appetite: A Capital Taste of Washington DC and its Region

Rupert Parker | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Tourists flock to Washington DC, the US capital, to view the monuments and museums but they can also dine well, particularly on the seafood coming from Chesapeake Bay.

Wine of the Week: Pfuger Riesling Trocken, Give German Wine a Try

Tom Cannavan | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

German wine suffers from a real stigma amongst many UK drinkers. It's those memories of sweet, cheap Liebfraumilch and Piesporter that did it, the Blue Nuns and Black Towers that topped the charts in the 70s, but which now seem terminally uncool.

MPs' Champagne Bill Soars Under The Coalition

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

MPs' appetite for champagne has not been affected by the coalition's austerity programme, as parliamentary officials bought in increasingly larger num...

Food Tube Raises a Glass to Drinks Tube

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Drinks Tube will have it all - from showing you how to make amazing cocktails at home to discovering fantastic beers from around the world, or explaining everything you've always wanted to know about the world of wine. But it's not all about alcohol - there'll be soft drinks like coffee and juice too!

The Judgement of Paris - in Berkshire

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

I was intrigued to hear that a hotel in the heart of Berkshire stocks over 800 Californian wines, some of which are from the owner Sir Peter Michael's winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma.

WATCH: 'Jesus Machine' Can Turn Water Into Wine

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Tech

Laughing in the face of millennia of love, labour and tradition, this unassuming device claims to be able to make quality wines in a matter of days. ...

Vatican Consumes More Wine Than Anywhere In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

The Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world, 74 litres per person, double that of Italy, according to new stati...

Wine of the Week: The Ned, Pinot Grigio 2012, New Zealand

Tom Cannavan | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

Pinot Grigio has become the de facto by-the-glass wine for many people, lapped up in bars, pubs and restaurants as almost anonymous, generic white wine. But Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) can take on a more substantial form, and some producers are making much more striking examples.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 59 - Westward by Road

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!

Dryathlon Diary Week Two - Re-e-Lapse (Almost)

Tom Stroud | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Stroud

I spent the first couple of days genuinely enjoying my sobriety. Stress levels were lower and I slept like a baby, even rising early doors to hit the hotel gym while my colleagues slept off their hangovers. However, on the third night, our group decided to go out to sample of Manchester's famed nightlife...