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
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?