Drink

Manchester has marvellous wines, and it’s not finished yet

8 October 2015 2:00 pm

It will seem an ungrateful comment after the lunch which I am about to describe, but Manchester has some way…

The strange creatures of Clubland, from Evelyn Waugh to the oligarchs

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When it comes to nightclubs, many have written, but none has surpassed the Perroquet in Debra Dowa. Le tout Debra…

Club mischief

24 September 2015 1:00 pm

When it comes to nightclubs, many have written, but none has surpassed the Perroquet in Debra Dowa. Le tout Debra…

Siena shows that northern Italy is just better at getting drunk

12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Indian summer was still fending off the mists and mellow fruitfulness. But the autumn term was about to begin;…

Stewed Siena

10 September 2015 1:00 pm

The Indian summer was still fending off the mists and mellow fruitfulness. But the autumn term was about to begin;…

Dorset is a palliative for the human condition

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Do-orzaat. Dorset is part of L’Angleterre profonde. It is possible to find evidence of modernity, but only in limited areas.…

A secluded paradise

27 August 2015 1:00 pm

Do-orzaat. Dorset is part of L’Angleterre profonde. It is possible to find evidence of modernity, but only in limited areas.…

The missing ingredient for a perfect gazpacho

15 August 2015 9:00 am

We were eating tapas and talking about Spain. Leaving caviar on one side, when jamón ibérico is at its best,…

In search of the platonic gazpacho

13 August 2015 1:00 pm

We were eating tapas and talking about Spain. Leaving caviar on one side, when jamón ibérico is at its best,…

A six-year-old sharpshooter and a New Zealand white – both bound to improve with age

1 August 2015 9:00 am

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

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…