Christina Makris is a writer, lecturer and consultant who specialises in the relationship between hospitality and culture. She is the author of Aesthetic Dining: The Art Restaurant Around the World, published by Cultureshock.

The best cellars are like museums of fine wine

Underground storage can be dark and sinister, but when it’s used for wine, it can become a place of deep pleasure

27 Mar 2024

Message on a bottle – the Australian vineyard giving a boost to local art

This dynamic young wine producer was quick to become a corking success – and is making sure artists from the region are in on the fun

26 Feb 2024

Bottle royale – a new look for Napoleon’s favourite champagne

Daniel Arsham has distilled centuries of history into his design for a bottle for Moët & Chandon’s new cuvée

2 Jan 2024

Chiharu Shiota weaves her magic for Mouton Rothschild

The Japanese artist is the latest to take on the prestigious commission to design the vineyard’s label, it was announced today

1 Dec 2023

The best wines of 2023

Apollo’s wine columnist tasted many excellent wines this year, but half a dozen were outstanding

28 Nov 2023

Grapes of froth – making the thinking man’s ‘champagne’

A vineyard-meets-sculpture park in Franciacorta makes wine truly a multisensory affair

20 Oct 2023

The South African winemakers who are cultivating the arts

A new initiative combines adventurous winemaking with an unusual form of art philanthropy

2 Oct 2023

The drinks are on Theaster Gates at LUMA Arles

A convivial collaboration between the American artist and a saké brewery is refreshing stuff

29 Aug 2023

Drinking in style with the ancient Greeks and Persians

The ancient Greeks were quick to adopt the decadent drinking culture of their Persian enemies

13 Jul 2023
sculpture in a vineyard

Ripe histories – winemaking in Lebanon

The country has been producing wines for centuries, but they are only now getting the global recognition they deserve

30 May 2023

A short guide to Carlo Scarpa’s Venice

Christina Makris goes in search of the work of the architect renowned for marrying traditional craftsmanship to modernist details

17 May 2023

The family vineyard where art grows between the vines

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s sculpture garden in Piedmont is also home to the family rosé

27 Apr 2023

James Joyce walks into a bar in Zurich

At the Kronenhalle in Zurich, the writer was most likely to ask for Fendant de Sion, a wine that deserves to be much better known abroad

28 Mar 2023

Between the vines – contemporary art at Spier Wine Farm

One of South Africa’s oldest wine estates has developed strong ties with the country’s leading artists

22 Feb 2023
The court room at Vintners’ Hall in London

In good company – at the Vintners’ Hall in the City of London

The Worshipful Company of Vintners still provides a very convivial welcome

30 Jan 2023
Venice vineyard

Making wine in Venice is a very exclusive affair

The wines of the Veneto need no introduction, but it’s worth getting to know the ones produced inside the city itself

3 Jan 2023

Through the grapevine – the secret ceremony of Château Mouton Rothschild’s artist collaborations

Last week Peter Doig was revealed as the latest artist to design a label for the chateau – a tradition that began in 1945 and remains shrouded in mystery

8 Dec 2022
The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day

Mulling it over – how spiced wine became the festive drink of choice

Mulled wine may be the fuel for contemporary Christmas celebrations but drinking it is a tradition that dates back to antiquity

28 Nov 2022
Hennessy Frank Gehry

How artistic collaborations made Hennessy collectable

The maison’s limited-edition bottles designed by contemporary artists, designers and architects have secured its place as leader in the luxury market

24 Oct 2022
Daniel Buren installation

The medieval Tuscan borgo where art grows among the vines

The proprietors of Castello di Ama commission artworks as an offering of thanks to the land and its spirit, which infuses their winemaking

26 Sep 2022
Jean-François de Troy’s

The saucy legends of the champagne coupe

The distinctive saucer-shaped glass might have fallen out of fashion, but the tales of its origins still make for titillating table talk

30 Aug 2022
Helen Frankenthaler studio visit

What artists are really doing when they take up residencies

Recent initiatives are expanding on the traditional model of patronage through community engagement, cross-disciplinary collaboration and mentorship schemes

9 Aug 2022
Château Mouton Rothschild

The perfect blend – art and wine at Château Mouton Rothschild

The graphic designer Jean Carlu was the first artist to create a label for the historic wine estate in 1924, marking the beginning of a long-standing tradition

16 Jun 2022

Gnarled histories – winemaking in Algeria

Though France is now better known for its winemaking industry, the country owes the survival of its connoisseurship to Algeria

30 May 2022