The Liquid Companion

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The Water Of Life19971225

For the real story of the spirits of Christmas Past (and Present), Andrew Jefford ventures into the heart of the drinks cabinet, where he samples port, advocaat and what the Scots call ``the water of life''.

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In the first of eight programmes, Andrew Jefford takes on the winemakers of the New World and the Old.

He asks whether wine should express an elusive ensemble of climate, soil and situation, or fulfil the wishes of the winemaker who manipulates ingredients to reach a predetermined end.

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Andrew Jefford continues his exploration of the world of drink by immersing himself in the joys of home-made wines and basement-brewed beers.

He also hears about the pleasure and pain gained from allotment vineyards.

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Andrew Jefford continues his exploration of the world of drink.

This week he explores holiday tipple and looks at whether tequila will be able to establish itself as a premium product on a par with single malts.

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Andrew Jefford continues his exploration of the world of drink, this week examining the future of the British pint.

How do we keep this rich heritage alive and what difficult choices lie in store for British brewers?

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Andrew Jefford continues his exploration of the world of drink, this week examining the pleasures and pitfalls of buying fine wines.

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Andrew Jefford continues his exploration of the world of drink, this week examining the future of independent traders and off-licences.

He investigates the tricks of the trade used by supermarkets to dominate the drinks trade and discovers the potential of buying wine on the web.

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Andrew Jefford continues his exploration of the world of drink.

This week he examines the leading bars and clubs in the capital, tracks the launch of a new flavoured vodka, and samples a hangover-inducing array of cocktails to find out what's hot and what's not among younger drinkers.

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Andrew Jefford concludes his exploration of the world of drink with a focus on cider, which is now big business, with trendy young drinkers are being targeted to carry this national drink into the future.

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Wine writer Andrew Jefford explores the world of drink.

He travels to the South of France, an area long thought of as the home of industrial reds sold by the litre, but which is now producing wines to rival the best from further north and from the New World.