Food: Freshen up

Annie Bell Fabulous fruit salads with pomegranates, persimmon, papaya and Christmas figs. Photograph by Patrice de Villiers

The Wine Makers: Like Papa always made

It may not be `classico', but it's prepared `con amore'. Italians in Britain are taking to their garden sheds to make the family's wine for the year. By Patrick Matthews. Photographs by Madeleine Waller

Wine: Riches that aren't nouveau

Wines of the month Anthony Rose chooses the best bottles for November

Books: If it's bad, there's a man involved

Lucy Ellmann's new novel grapples with the ills of the world. Susie Boyt is dazzled

Drink: Cape crusader

New wine from New South Africa. By Anthony Rose

A lot more rot than usual - English winemakers curse our new climate

Domestic producers long for the days of terrible weather, finds Richard Erlich

SPORTS LETTERS: Little England at Lord's

Little England

A footnote to the world's slimmest volume; The Sexual Life of the Belgians (18) Jan Bucquoy

You may well approach a film entitled The Sexual Life of the Belgians with a xenophobic smirk: the name sounds like one of those gags about the world's slimmest volumes (The Book of Italian War Heroes and so on). That smirk will soon crumble from your lips, since the Brussels where much of it takes place is the kind of paradisiacally louche city where gorgeous and not-so-gorgeous women press their intimate favours on the hero, Jan Bucquoy (Jean-Henri Compere) at every turn. A cheery hostess welcomes him to her orgy with an over-enthusiastic blow-job, and, after a gang beating lands Jan in hospital, it seems the most natural gesture in the world for a visitor to offer him not grapes but a quiet suckle of her breast. Trump that, Staines.

GRAPEVINE : FOOD & DRINK

KATHYRN McWHIRTER ON SURPRISES FROM NEW ZEALAND

A deliciously sweet rot

Unusual conditions can turn a Chardonnay into a dessert wine, writes Katherine McWhirter DO YOU think of Burgundian Chardonnay or Pouilly Fume as sweet wines? No? Nor do the local tasting panels that grant the official appelations to French wines. Quirkyweather conditions very occasionally create one-off sweet wines from these squeaky dry grape varieties, but they are considered by the authorities pas typique and must be sold as common vins de tables.

Renamo pins poll hopes on chiefs

Passers-by knelt in respect as Rosa Johnny Inhaminga sat in the shade of a mango tree, explaining why she was urging her followers to vote for the former rebel Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and not for the Frelimo government in the first general elections this week.

The meaning of life inside a holiday paperback

THIS IS a tale of how a book, a piece of real literature, can change the way you look at things, make you appreciate the significance of an odd event in your own life for the first time.

Fashionable young find East End ecstasy: Cigarettes were long, drugs abundant and guarana the main drink. Marianne Macdonald sampled a new 'unaggressive' style of acid house event

THEY BEGAN queueing at midnight and were still arriving at 4am. Unadvertised and costing pounds 15 a head before drugs, a Dalston warehouse was yesterday the venue for what was billed as London's biggest acid house event.
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