Drink

Winemaking with convictions

22 September 2016 1:00 pm

Any Australian who admits to not having convict ancestors loses caste. When granted a coat of arms, the smart ones…

Grouse rules

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The autumn bank holiday is like the five-minute bell at the opera. The shades of the prison house loom. All…

Grouse rules

8 September 2016 1:00 pm

The autumn bank holiday is like the five-minute bell at the opera. The shades of the prison house loom. All…

A toast to Provence

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Friends have a house in Provence, near the foot of Mont Ventoux. Even in a region so full of charm…

A toast to Provence

25 August 2016 1:00 pm

Friends have a house in Provence, near the foot of Mont Ventoux. Even in a region so full of charm…

Character study

12 August 2016 11:00 pm

Will Lyons, a delightful companion, is not only a friend of mine. He has one of the finest palates in…

Character study

11 August 2016 1:00 pm

Will Lyons, a delightful companion, is not only a friend of mine. He has one of the finest palates in…

Felines and Figaro

30 July 2016 9:00 am

I know little about human medicine: still less about the animal equivalent. So I had always assumed that vets were…

Felines and Figaro

28 July 2016 1:00 pm

I know little about human medicine: still less about the animal equivalent. So I had always assumed that vets were…

From Hegel to Riesling

16 July 2016 9:00 am

John Stuart Mill did not describe the Conservatives as the stupid party. He merely said that although not all Tories…

From Hegel to Riesling

14 July 2016 1:00 pm

John Stuart Mill did not describe the Conservatives as the stupid party. He merely said that although not all Tories…

A summer evening with Cameron

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Journalists are chronic exaggerators. Strong words are always being thrown away on trivial events. ‘Whitehall was shocked last night as…

A summer evening with Cameron

30 June 2016 1:00 pm

Journalists are chronic exaggerators. Strong words are always being thrown away on trivial events. ‘Whitehall was shocked last night as…

Gossip from the top table

18 June 2016 9:00 am

In the 1970s, when there were many fewer restaurants in London, Locket’s was much the best place to eat around…

Gossip from the top table

16 June 2016 1:00 pm

In the 1970s, when there were many fewer restaurants in London, Locket’s was much the best place to eat around…

Adventures of a hell-cat in heaven

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Over the weekend I officiated at a funeral. Earlier in the morning there had been lowering rain clouds, but by…

A hell-cat in heaven

2 June 2016 1:00 pm

Over the weekend I officiated at a funeral. Earlier in the morning there had been lowering rain clouds, but by…

Nicholas Soames’s Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

Nicholas the miraculous

19 May 2016 1:00 pm

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

The wonders of white Burgundy

7 May 2016 9:00 am

I promised a return to Burgundy and the 2014 vintage, which becomes no less impressive when recollected in tranquillity. We…

White mischief

5 May 2016 1:00 pm

I promised a return to Burgundy and the 2014 vintage, which becomes no less impressive when recollected in tranquillity. We…

Dinner with a Grand National winner

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Not quite nil humanum a me alienum, but I have always been interested in other people’s trades and worlds. That…

Riders and diners

21 April 2016 1:00 pm

Not quite nil humanum a me alienum, but I have always been interested in other people’s trades and worlds. That…

The kindest man in the Bordeaux wine business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There was a moment during the war when De Gaulle was being more than usually impossible. Roosevelt, furious, asked Churchill…

A gentleman of Bordeaux

7 April 2016 1:00 pm

There was a moment during the war when De Gaulle was being more than usually impossible. Roosevelt, furious, asked Churchill…