Anthony Rose: 'The map of Australian wine has changed rapidly'

After a palate-numbing week tasting over 1,000 Australian wines at the Decanter World Wine Awards last month, it was plain to see that the map of Australian wine has changed rapidly over the decade since the awards began.

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Chinatown’s markets

Singapore: Eat your way around Asia – on one island

Its rich multicultural heritage makes the city-state an exciting destination for a gourmet tour, as Sarah Barrell discovers

Subtle depth of flavour: Old Vines Carignan 2008

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Conservative ministers have been ordered by Downing
Street to come up with eye-catching right-wing initiatives
to deflect media attention from the Government's Budget woes, amid fears that bad publicity about granny, pasty and charity taxes has alienated their core voters ahead of the local elections next month

Revealed: How Tory high command has tried to spin Cameron out of trouble

Anxious to appease true-blue Conservatives angry at George Osborne's botched Budget, ministers have been ordered to serve up right-wing policies

Congee, a Chinese porridge

On The Menu: Congee; Federica; M&S fish cakes; EAT 17's bacon jam; Athenaeum Hotel

This week I've been eating...congee

Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Domaine Jean-Pierre Charton 2010
Reassuringly rich and full-bodied : Jim Barry The Cover Drive 2008

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Minister vows to stamp out racism

As Russia steps up plans for hosting the 2018 World Cup, sports minister Vitaly Mutko says the country will work to reduce racism among fans.

Elegant: Ruinart Rosé NV

Wines of the week: Ruinart Rosé NV; Hiedler Grüner Veltliner Spiegel 2010; Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2007

Terry Kirby on the bottles that'll make Mother's day

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there