Raised By Wolves – Brought Down By Trunnions

Brief letters: Venezuela and Opec | Refugee supplement | Nina Simone | Travails of Morris Minors | Carbon dioxide shortage


What To Drink On A Picnic

However remote your rendezvous, there’s a drink for every picnic occasion, whether that’s a rosé in the countryside or a can of G&T in the nearest park


Heineken Takes Minority Stake In Uk’s Beavertown Brewery

Dutch beer maker says £40m investment will allow craft brewer to build new brewery


Dubbel-edged Sword: Belgians Drink Less Of Their Beer But Exports Rise

Twice as much beer made in Belgium is being exported as drank by domestic consumers


Uk Summer Barbecues Threatened By Shortage Of Carbon Dioxide

Meat packers and makers of fizzy drinks and beers may struggle to obtain CO2


The Yeast From The East: Six Wines To Try From Eastern Europe

Wine drinkers are looking further afield to beat price rises in more prestigious regions, and there are rich pickings to be found in countries such as Slovenia, Greece and Turkey


The 20 Best Summer Wines For 2018

Something dry and fresh for fish or ripe and red for a barbecue? For best value booze and high street bargains, the Observer’s wine expert is on the case


Gin Genies

The gin boom shows no sign of letting up any time soon

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Cocktail Of The Week: First Of The Summer Wine

The good mixer A long gin and port cocktail with port that’s essentially a super-charged G&T


British Consumers Develop Taste For East European Wines

Majestic Wine says drinkers are turning to good-value wines from new markets to offset price rises

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