When he’s not asking geeky questions in vineyards or distilleries, Peter Ranscombe writes about drinks for a range of magazines and websites. His debut historical thriller, Hare, is out now.
Cask-finished spirits: have they got us over a barrel?
Interview: Michael Baum of Burgundy’s Château de Pommard
What happens when a Michelin-starred chef dies?
Reviving Maturano, Italy’s forgotten indigenous grape variety
Inside the secret garden that makes gins change colour
Growing his own botanicals has helped Hamish Martin win a legion of fans for his gins – and create a relaxing retreat for wildlife and people alike
Just the tonic: Edinburgh’s gin bars capture the festival spirit
Scotland’s capital city plays host to the largest celebration of the arts on the planet throughout August, and gin is fast becoming the drink of choice to toast the festivities
Franciacorta: Italy’s other sparkling wine
The rolling hills south of Lake Iseo – home to Monte Isolo, Europe’s largest lake island – produce the grapes used to make Italy’s lower profile fizz: Franciacorta
Just say no: Russia’s love/hate relationship with alcohol
Russia’s problematic relationship with alcohol has inspired some powerful poster art
Absinthe: the demon drink
Was the allure of absinthe – Romantic and malevolent by turns – simply the invention of the louche cafe crowd?
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