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Tastes good, but where is it?

Australian wines have become big business in the UK, helped by evocative names like Jacob's Creek. Now we're about to get another lesson in geography as producers try to teach us more about each region

Wines Of The Week

Wines Of The Week

Eating Out: Buy now while excuse lasts

COMING right up: New Year's Eve with a vengeance. New Year's Eve on steroids. The one-and-only, long-awaited Millennium. If you haven't already done your buying for the big occasion, put down that turkey sandwich and read on.

FOOD & DRINK: Get ready for those Millennium munchies

Planning to take to the streets on New Year's Eve? Then don't forget to cram your pockets with delicious snacks so you can party like it's 1999.

Eating & Drinking: Get a lot of bottle

In the second part of his roundup of wines for Christmas, Richard Ehrlich selects three bottles that will see you through lunch, from aperitifs to dessert wines. All you need to do is pick up the telephone or head down to your local supplier

Food & drink: Wines of the Week

White

DNA tests reveal the secrets of fine vines

CLAIMS BY French wine- makers that their chardonnays and gamays are the result of good breeding have been called into question by new research.

With cigs, chocs and Chardonnay, Bridget toasts her next million

SHE'S A fictional construct, but my God the girl can pull. Bridget Jones, the wine-swilling, self-improving thirtysomething singleton and reluctant connoisseur of modern male commitment-phobia, has come back to life and sent an industry grinding into action.

Manic organic; eating & drinking

THE VALUE of organic consumables sold in the UK has increased sixfold in a decade, and is expected to be worth pounds 500m by next year. Wine makes up an insignificant portion of that figure, and I'm not surprised. It takes a lot of determination to go certifiably organic. You have to make the transition gradually, and end up in complete conformance with the labelling laws and certification standards that apply where you (a) make and (b) sell your wines. If you disagree with the standards, and there are legitimate areas of disagreement, tough luck.

Food & Drink: Wines Of The month

WITH 12 days to go, Le Beaujolais Nouveau is not quite yet arrive, but I'm not holding my breath. Time was when I used to happily glug down the first nubile fruits of the harvest, freshly bottled from the bubbling fermentation vat. But that was when it was a cause for celebration and not an excuse for rampant commercialism. What happened? Nouveau became vieux chapeau through the increasingly poor quality of the overhyped product. Then along came the New World six months early to pull the rug from underneath its complacent, wine-stained feet. No apologies then for salivating instead at the deliciously bright flavours arriving from all points south.

Wines Of The Week

WHITE

Book review: Siren voices on the side

The Mistress by Victoria Griffin Bloomsbury, pounds 18.99, 320pp

Drink: Smoothly does it

A bar for the palate rather than the quick fix? That's Glasgow's Air Organic, where you won't find happy-hour hounds
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