Wines of the week: Cedro Do Noval 2009; Tercius Alvarinho 2012; Ramos Reserva 2012

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

She Rises, By Kate Worsley

Enjoy a stormy, sensual – and deftly plotted – adventure with the Georgian seafarers of Essex

The Cove, By Ron Rash

They're growing hysteria ... down on the farm

Cruise Report: More overnight stops could lure passengers back to ships

Overnight, the Costa Concordia disaster shattered the image of the most durably successful travel sector. The giant ship belonging to the world's biggest cruise firm, Carnival, struck a rock on 13 January. By dawn the next day, more than 30 passengers and crew had died. The big question for the cruise industry is: has that tragedy put off some potential customers for life?

Montevideo at dusk

Get ready to party down Uruguay way

City Slicker: Montevideo - This capital city claims to run the world's longest carnival. Declan McGarvey finds many more reasons why it's worth a visit

The 10 best ports

1. Cockburn's Special Reserve

The 12 wines of Christmas

Don't leave anything to chance! The key to a successful festive season is military planning, says our wine expert.

Traveller's Guide: Croatia's islands

With more than a thousand to choose from, these captivating Adriatic isles have something for everyone, says <b>Mick Webb</b>

Trail of the unexpected: James Joyce in Trieste

James Joyce spent 15 creative years in Trieste &ndash; and his spirit still lives on here.

My Life In Travel: Ben Shephard, television presenter

'You just get on with life in New Zealand'

Round-world record for sailor Dee Caffari

British sailor Dee Caffari became the only woman to have sailed around the world non-stop three times when she finished the Barcelona World Race today.

Poitou-Charentes: a region of glorious contrast

Poitou-Charentes is a region of contrast, balancing the natural beauty of the Atlantic coast and the Cognac country along the river Charente, with an array of activities and sights that will delight visitors of all ages.

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