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The Vodka Report - Vodka goes vintage

Glass in hand, Fleur Disney sets off around London on a quest to track down evidence of the merging trend in exclusive vintage vodkas

The Vodka Report - Vodka in travel retail

Vodka is increasing its world coverage by taking the premium route in travel retail. Joe Bates looks at what’s on offer

The Vodka Report: The Bartender-vodka relationship

Has the habit of vodka bashing finally come to an end? Hamish Smith believes it has...

The Vodka Report - Russia and Ukraine

Production is down but Russians and Ukrainians are not necessarily drinking any less – Vladislav Vorotnikov investigates

Force of nature: Snow Leopard's Stephen Sparrow

A man called Sparrow is trying to save a cat from extinction. Christian Davis meets the Snow Leopard’s best friend

Drinking Germany

These are exciting times for German winemakers and their wines, says Andrew Catchpole

Chilean wine steering a new course

Chile’s reputation as the Volvo of the wine world has been consigned to the scrapheap. Jamie Goode reports on the new wave

Giant steps: Irish whiskey

The world has suddenly woken up to Irish whiskey – but how is the sector going to meet the phenomenal demand? Gavin D Smith reports

The art of tequila

With ‘artisan’ the watchword across all spirits categories, tequila is coming into its own with discerning consumers, finds Richard Woodard

Scotch whisky: Blending In

Blended scotch whisky rules when it comes to volume sales worldwide. Gavin D Smith reports

Parting shot

Can sambuca be both a serious cocktail ingredient and a party shot? Lucy Britner looks for answers 

The Soderbergh adventure

Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh tells Hamish Smith why his niche passion could have global box-office appeal.

Scraping the barrel

Despite a boom in American distilleries, producers are struggling to keep up with demand. Dominic Roskrow reports

Pursuit of quality

Last year was significant for the Austrian wine industry – roaring exports and some new, fresh, quality-oriented initiatives. Christian Davis reports

The cat's whiskers

Old Tom and classic cocktails go hand in hand. But where did Old Tom come from and where is it going? Lucy Britner attempts to find out

Bitter tastes victory

Bitter flavours are finding favour with consumers across food and drink – and this can only benefit cocktails. Holly Motion reports

City Guide - Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith imbibes at Israel’s finest

Parker points back

Robert Parker is the biggest name the wine world has ever known. Hamish Smith caught up with him to find out how his name was made.

Champagne: The Right Road

The champagne category needs to claw back its premium status to survive this competitive market. Giles Fallowfield reports

Pulling out the stops

New solutions are bringing closure to the debate. Jamie Goode reports

Brandy Report (12/12): Brandy in travel retail

Last up from the Brandy Report is a look into brandy sales in the Travel Retail sector.

Brandy Report (11/12): Flavoured brandies

Peach is the next flavour seducing consumers in the HQ of flavoured spirits. Hamish Smith tracks the sugar rush to brandy

Brandy Report (10/12): Brandy in the US

The US is back spending and brandy, imported and domestic, is set to benefit. Hamish Smith charts the market’s turnaround

Brandy Report (9/12): Brandy in Russia

Russians are exhibiting a paradoxical approach to economic difficulties, reports Richard Woodard

Good fella

Cocktail entrepreneur JJ Goodman has spent his life making his own luck. He tells Hamish Smith how he went from chicken shop to bar royalty

OZ Wine: Outback steps forward

The Australian wine category has had a turbulent time with surplus, a strong dollar, corporate travails among the major producers and consolidation. Christian Davis reports 

Guillaume Deglise: Meet the Showman

He is French. He speaks five languages. He loves and collects wine. He has sold champagne. Who better to run Vinexpo? Christian Davis meets Guillaume Deglise

Brandy Report (8/12): South African Brandy

Hamish Smith gets under the skin of South Africa’s little-known gems.

Champion of brands: Gerard Basset

As an expert sommelier and owner of one of the the biggest brands in hospitality, Gerard Francis Claude Basset OBE is a big believer in brands. He explains to Holly Motion the vital role they play in the wine industry 

The Brandy Report (7/12): Spanish Brandy

Producers of top Spanish brands are hopeful for the future, says Dominic Roskrow

The Brandy Report (6/12): French brandy

In the latest instalment of the Brandy Report Hamish Smith looks at French brandies from outside of Cognac and Armagnac.

The Brandy Report (5/12): Armagnac - Springing the lid of innovation

Experimental cask finishes, single cask bottlings and unaged spirits… Ian Buxton has been to Armagnac and finds innovation making advances on tradition 

The Brandy Report (4/12): The Promised Land

Could any another brandy styles emulate cognac’s success? Richard Woodard looks at the candidates for premium enlightenment 

Pastis: The Star Anise

The pastis market may be a mature one, but it is using tradition alongside innovation to recruit new consumers. Richard Woodard investigates

The Brandy Report (3/12): Cognac

In the latest article of the Brandy Report, Nicholas Faith discusses the downturn in the ever-volatile cognac market

The Brandy Report (2/12): The Philippines

In the second article of the Brandy Report series, DI investigates the Philippine brandy market

The Brandy Report: Introduction (1/12)

In the first of our new series of reports on the global brandy sector we introduce the category - where it is now, and where it is headed.

Sparkling Wine: A Brave New World

As demand for sparkling wine shows no signs of abating, the New World is taking its chances and offering quality like never before, as Jamie Goode reports

Tennessee Whisky: Don't Mess With Tradition

Distillers in Tennessee are whipping up a storm as they continue to debate the definition of their whiskey. Dominic Roskrow reports

Rainbow Brandy

When it comes to brandy South Africa does not get much of a look in. Yet its best are up there with the world’s greatest.  Christian Davis reports

ProWein 2015: Specialist Insight by Gregory Dal Piaz

Gregory Dal Piaz, editor of Snooth.com, discusses where your next great wine will come from

Sugar Syrups: Hitting the sweet spot

Adventurous flavours are on the cards for sugar syrups in 2015, as Lucy Britner reports

Agent Orange: Panos Sarantopoulos

Panos Sarantopoulos, chief executive of Rémy Cointreau’s liqueurs and spirits division, is on a mission to get the iconic orange liqueur behind every bar. Christian Davis meets him

Cachaça: In Full Flow

Brazil’s cachaça is carving out an identity for itself ahead of the 2016 Olympics, as Richard Woodard reports

DI talks to Sandy Hyslop

Sandy Hyslop, Chivas Brothers’ master blender, is hands on. He’s not one for travelling long haul most of the year. Christian Davis tracks him down to where he is happiest.

Valuing the Douro

Jaq Bayles finds that port may at last have found some ways to make itself attractive to a younger generation. And even the most traditional producers are at peace with it

Raki comes to the table

Hamish Smith investigastes the resurgence of an old spirit

Star Studded: TFWA World Exhibition Review

Despite facing a litany of challenges, the travel retail business is upbeat, as the TFWA World Exhibition proved. Joe Bates reports

Sweet Wines: A Noble Pursuit

It may not have the raciest of images, but sweet wine is undergoing quiet change. Jamie Goode reports

Are flavoured spirits a honey trap?

Flavoured spirits drinks are being released at a pace. But are they blurring the rules over whisky production, and are they just a passing fad? Dominic Roskrow reports