This week, David Kermode talks to author, writer and judge Joel Harrison about how the gin boom has affected the drinks industry. In reality, it’s supposed to take years to create a craft gin – but now anyone can be a master distiller. The pair discuss the need for caution as gin continues to soar in popularity, and what we can do to be vigilant about quality during the botanical boom.
Plus, Georgia’s fascinating history as a Soviet Union wine supplier is explored with expert Sarah Abbot, charting its distinctive journey from niche producer to UK favourite.
Desert Island Drinks returns, with guest MW Richard Bampfield. He picks an elegant Pinot Noir as the drink he couldn’t live without, and explains why the grape is his ideal choice for his stay as a castaway.