Category Archives: Grape&Grain

Brewing up a storm at Innis & Gunn’s beer kitchen in Glasgow

PETER RANSCOMBE THE first time I interviewed Dougal Sharp was back in 2008 in a pretty non-descript rented office in the middle of Edinburgh. It was an exciting time for the master brewer – he had just led the management buyout of Innis & Gunn, the brand he cofounded in 2003 to make the beerContinue Reading

It’s all about the base

PETER RANSCOMBE WHEN it comes to Champagne, it’s all about the base – the base wines that go into creating France’s signature fizz. Each Champagne house or producer will normally create a non-vintage blend, mixing wines from different vintages or years to create a house style that can be reproduced bottle after bottle. In exceptionalContinue Reading

Bringing a taste of Napa Valley to the UK

VISITING California with the Wine Institute – to learn more about its sense of place, environmental programmes and diversity of styles – demonstrated the sheer variety of quality wines produced in the Golden State. Yet much of the tastiest wine never leaves the United States – or even, in some cases, California. That’s why itContinue Reading

Going in search of lost distilleries

PETER RANSCOMBE ASK whisky fans about “silent” or closed distilleries and they’ll quickly reel off the famous names, like Port Ellen and Rosebank. But what about Scotland’s other lost distilleries? Scott Watson is on a mission to find those silent stills. Back in 2013 he teamed up with co-founder Brian Woods to launch The LostContinue Reading

Tamdhu: 50 years in the making

PETER RANSCOMBE WHAT was happening in the world back in 1963? In America, president John Kennedy was assassinated. In Liverpool, The Beatles released their first album. And, in a quiet corner of Speyside, on 2 November, a batch of spirit was distilled at Tamdhu. That new-make spirit was placed into a first-fill European oak sherryContinue Reading