Drink

The spirit of Prohibition lives (if you’re a haggis)

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It is an old adage, but still pertinent. ‘Every generalisation about India is true, and so is the opposite.’ The…

The spirit of Prohibition

29 January 2015 3:00 pm

It is an old adage, but still pertinent. ‘Every generalisation about India is true, and so is the opposite.’ The…

The battling brilliance of Burgundy

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There is only one answer to the question ‘Burgundy or claret?’ ‘Yes, but never in the same glass.’ Yet I…

Burgundian battles

15 January 2015 3:00 pm

There is only one answer to the question ‘Burgundy or claret?’ ‘Yes, but never in the same glass.’ Yet I…

When a forgotten bottle turns out to be a treasure

3 January 2015 9:00 am

I had not drunk the wine for 20 years, and nearly all the information which I thought that I had…

Sonoma survivor

1 January 2015 3:00 pm

I had not drunk the wine for 20 years, and nearly all the information which I thought that I had…

Cognac and the Viking connection in la France profonde

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The chestnut trees were still resplendent in yellow leaf along the banks of a misty autumn river on its glide…

The heroes of Cognac

11 December 2014 3:00 pm

The chestnut trees were still resplendent in yellow leaf along the banks of a misty autumn river on its glide…

The great lunchtime wine showdown

6 December 2014 9:00 am

This is a tale of two lunches, sort of. The first was a classically English affair. We started with native…

Last of the lunchtime wine

4 December 2014 2:30 pm

This is a tale of two lunches, sort of. The first was a classically English affair. We started with native…

The real French embassy is a restaurant

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Semper eadem. There is some basement in a Mayfair street that is forever France. It is not far from the…

The real French embassy

20 November 2014 3:00 pm

Semper eadem. There is some basement in a Mayfair street that is forever France. It is not far from the…

Wine merchants might just be the happiest people in the world

8 November 2014 9:00 am

A delightful girl came to see me this morning. She is helping with the research for a biography of David…

A vintner’s vocation

6 November 2014 3:00 pm

A delightful girl came to see me this morning. She is helping with the research for a biography of David…

The secret kinship of good wine and good cricket

25 October 2014 9:00 am

A high proportion of wine-lovers also enjoy cricket, and vice versa. This might seem natural. Anyone with an aesthetic temperament…

The willow and the vine

23 October 2014 2:00 pm

A high proportion of wine-lovers also enjoy cricket, and vice versa. This might seem natural. Anyone with an aesthetic temperament…

Proof that the Japanese know how to make great Bordeaux

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Château Lagrange, a St Julien third growth, has the largest acreage of any Bordeaux classed growth. For much of the…

In praise of Japanese Bordeaux

9 October 2014 2:00 pm

Château Lagrange, a St Julien third growth, has the largest acreage of any Bordeaux classed growth. For much of the…

In praise of the Loire - cradle of civilisation, and wonderful wines

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Rivers are the cradles of civilisation and the Loire is an outstanding example. It is one of the head-waters of…

For the love of the Loire

25 September 2014 1:00 pm

Rivers are the cradles of civilisation and the Loire is an outstanding example. It is one of the head-waters of…

The Society of Odd Bottles and the Sisterhood of the Black Pudding

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles has been mentioned in this column before. I can report that the membership is…

Three sisterhoods

11 September 2014 1:00 pm

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles has been mentioned in this column before. I can report that the membership is…

Horse racing, Sancerre and escaped lobsters

30 August 2014 9:00 am

A stint in dry dock — the ‘dry’ literally — has one advantage. There is time for lots of long…

From horses to glasses

28 August 2014 1:00 pm

A stint in dry dock — the ‘dry’ literally — has one advantage. There is time for lots of long…

Visiting Burgundy from my hospital bed

16 August 2014 9:00 am

There have been some splendid rumours about my health. According to the most exotic, I was cas-evacked from a hill…