Drink

New ways to open a bottle

27 March 2014 3:00 pm

Chefs have a problem. Think of much of the best food you have ever eaten. Caviar, English native oysters, sashimi,…

The tragedy of Armenia (and its brandy)

15 March 2014 9:00 am

It is impossible not to sympathise with Armenia. It has spent much of its history between the hammer and the…

The spirit of Armenia

13 March 2014 3:00 pm

It is impossible not to sympathise with Armenia. It has spent much of its history between the hammer and the…

Toast to a young gun

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Three of us, old friends, were meeting to arrange a marriage. The young couple have never actually met. Indeed, they…

Toast to a future wedding

27 February 2014 3:00 pm

Three of us, old friends, were meeting to arrange a marriage. The young couple have never actually met. Indeed, they…

A spirit to warm Bruegel’s ‘Hunters in the Snow’

15 February 2014 9:00 am

The ostensible subject matter is misleading, as is any conflation with his lesser relatives’ wassailing peasants and roistering village squares.…

Spirits of Bruegel

13 February 2014 3:00 pm

The ostensible subject matter is misleading, as is any conflation with his lesser relatives’ wassailing peasants and roistering village squares.…

Our daily haggis

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Give us this day our daily bread: those are also words of great culinary significance. Even if the ‘bread’ takes…

Burns Night bottles

30 January 2014 3:00 pm

Give us this day our daily bread: those are also words of great culinary significance. Even if the ‘bread’ takes…

Is there a clean joke for Burns Night? I asked Cecil Parkinson...

18 January 2014 9:00 am

As a life, it was a scintillating spectrum of the human condition. There was hardship and suffering, as well as…

The immortal memory

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

As a life, it was a scintillating spectrum of the human condition. There was hardship and suffering, as well as…

Drink: The great white Burgundy disaster

4 January 2014 9:00 am

We agreed that it was the gravest crisis facing mankind. It has led to dashed hopes, widespread grief and a…

The great white Burgundy disaster

3 January 2014 3:00 pm

We agreed that it was the gravest crisis facing mankind. It has led to dashed hopes, widespread grief and a…

Bruce Anderson: Bordeaux's negociants deserve to suffer - and they will

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Our sweet enemy, France, is not always that sweet. It is tempting to respond to France’s current degringolade with cynicism…

The fall of France

12 December 2013 3:00 pm

Our sweet enemy, France, is not always that sweet. It is tempting to respond to France’s current degringolade with cynicism…

When the Rothschilds waged a claret class war

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Claret has a commercial advantage over Burgundy. Thanks to the grandes lignes of châteaux and vintages, you know where you…

Claret’s class war

5 December 2013 3:00 pm

Claret has a commercial advantage over Burgundy. Thanks to the grandes lignes of châteaux and vintages, you know where you…

Mineral reserves

23 November 2013 9:00 am

St James’s Street is a repository of urban comfort. It contains majestic clubs, a gunsmith, a boot-maker, a barber, a…

Mineral reserves

21 November 2013 3:00 pm

St James’s Street is a repository of urban comfort. It contains majestic clubs, a gunsmith, a boot-maker, a barber, a…

House sherry

9 November 2013 9:00 am

The Speaker was in trouble. I do not refer to Michael Martin or John Bercow, the two worst Speakers in…

House sherry

7 November 2013 3:00 pm

The Speaker was in trouble. I do not refer to Michael Martin or John Bercow, the two worst Speakers in…

Drink: the romance of fall

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The fall: one of the few instances where American English is superior to English English. ‘Autumn’ has a comfortable charm,…

The romance of fall

24 October 2013 2:00 pm

The fall: one of the few instances where American English is superior to English English. ‘Autumn’ has a comfortable charm,…

Treasures from a lost domaine

12 October 2013 9:00 am

René Engel must have been a wonderful man. He studied wine-making before fighting in the trenches during the first world…

Treasures from a lost domaine

10 October 2013 2:00 pm

René Engel must have been a wonderful man. He studied wine-making before fighting in the trenches during the first world…