Drink

Young guns

30 July 2015 1:00 pm

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles began proceedings with a report on the activities of our junior branch. These youngsters…

Banking on wine

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Great matters were trembling in the balance. The prime minister needed cash to achieve his objective and as Parliament was…

Banking on wine

16 July 2015 1:00 pm

Great matters were trembling in the balance. The prime minister needed cash to achieve his objective and as Parliament was…

The true France in a bottle

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude…

Deep Burgundy

2 July 2015 1:00 pm

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude…

Lunch with a claret fit for gods, heroes and David Cameron

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I cannot remember a jollier lunch. There are two brothers, Sebastian and Nicholas Payne, both practical epicureans. They have made…

The claret of the gods

18 June 2015 1:00 pm

I cannot remember a jollier lunch. There are two brothers, Sebastian and Nicholas Payne, both practical epicureans. They have made…

The secret heart of London conservatism…

6 June 2015 9:00 am

There is a dive near St James’s which could claim to be the epicentre of international reaction. It is also…

Claret and blues

4 June 2015 1:00 pm

There is a dive near St James’s which could claim to be the epicentre of international reaction. It is also…

What to drink when you're on a cloud of post-election euphoria

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Most of my friends are still on a cloud of post-election euphoria. There is one exception: those involved with opinion-polling.…

Let’s drink to a Tory majority

21 May 2015 1:00 pm

Most of my friends are still on a cloud of post-election euphoria. There is one exception: those involved with opinion-polling.…

Could any cook help me overcome my terror of tapioca?

9 May 2015 9:00 am

There are those who claim that this column is idiosyncratic. They have seen nothing yet. I am about to mention…

Spawn of the devil

7 May 2015 1:00 pm

There are those who claim that this column is idiosyncratic. They have seen nothing yet. I am about to mention…

The greatest wine I’ve ever drunk

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The supermarket chains are not always blameworthy. Their missionary efforts have helped to ensure that wine drinking in Britain is…

A taste of heaven on earth

23 April 2015 1:00 pm

The supermarket chains are not always blameworthy. Their missionary efforts have helped to ensure that wine drinking in Britain is…

The triumph of Guatemalan rum (and a disaster for a Guatemalan ambassador)

11 April 2015 9:00 am

For many years, the Central American republic of Guatemala had a grievance against the United Kingdom. It claimed sovereignty over…

A rum encounter

9 April 2015 1:00 pm

For many years, the Central American republic of Guatemala had a grievance against the United Kingdom. It claimed sovereignty over…

Wines to toast a warrior saint

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Towards the chimes at midnight, a few of us left a — respectable — establishment near Leicester Square. Eight or…

A toast to Spain

26 March 2015 3:00 pm

Towards the chimes at midnight, a few of us left a — respectable — establishment near Leicester Square. Eight or…

A dog to remember (and the wine he inspired)

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Meeting to taste wine, we started by talking about dogs. Roy Hattersley is good on the subject, which ought to…

From puppy to Pinot

12 March 2015 3:00 pm

Meeting to taste wine, we started by talking about dogs. Roy Hattersley is good on the subject, which ought to…

France, England and the tragedy of DSK

28 February 2015 9:00 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

A divided inheritance

26 February 2015 11:30 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

Why soldiers are the funniest people

14 February 2015 9:00 am

We were discussing wit. I uttered a self-evident truth which proved gratifyingly controversial. Of all the people I encounter, the…

Wits on parade

12 February 2015 3:00 pm

We were discussing wit. I uttered a self-evident truth which proved gratifyingly controversial. Of all the people I encounter, the…