Chateau Changyu: a growing taste for Chinese wine

A few miles outside Xi’an, the city of Emperor Qin’s terracotta warriors, the guide on a tour bus filled with Italian wine professionals pointed across a bleak plain shadowed by empty towerblocks to a medieval castle with crenellated towers. We were touring the estates of the Yantai Changyu Pioneer Wine Company and our guide was […]

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Our man in Havana: music, mojitos and swearing in Spanish

The grand windows of Casa Almson are flung wide, the trade winds offering a gentle breeze off the Florida straits as the sun descends across Havana, and I am learning Spanish. “Anoche, yo fui en un nightclub de mala fama,” I say. WAAAAHK. “What the hell was that?” I retreat to English. “Was that a […]

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Guernsey goes gastro: a food adventure in the Channel Islands

‘The best things in life are usually closer than you think,” says Luke Wheadon as he pours a healthy measure of his artisan gin over ice. I’m in Guernsey with my husband to discover some of the island’s new food and drink offerings, and we’re sampling Luke’s “gin experience” in the cellar lounge of the […]

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Top 10 UK winter walks – chosen by travel and nature writers

Okehampton to Belstone, Devon Length 10½ milesTime 5 hoursStart/finish Okehampton Camp/BelstoneGoogle Maps Start/FinishGrade Moderate (difficult in bad weather)Refuel The Tors Inn, Belstone Just a short way past the military camp north of Okehampton, the old country road passes between two of west Devon’s most walkable high places. Either can be attacked on its own as […]

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