Drink

Bottle shots

3 December 2016 9:00 am

This is something to be said for starting to celebrate Christmas before the end of the grouse season. It provides…

Bottle shots

1 December 2016 3:00 pm

This is something to be said for starting to celebrate Christmas before the end of the grouse season. It provides…

Autumn riches

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few days ago, on the Dorset/Somerset marches, autumn was still in orderly retreat. Although a pear tree’s leaves had…

Autumn riches

17 November 2016 3:00 pm

A few days ago, on the Dorset/Somerset marches, autumn was still in orderly retreat. Although a pear tree’s leaves had…

From Bordeaux to Nato

5 November 2016 9:00 am

An aeon ago, when I was first invited to the odd City lunch, there was a standard formula: G&T, white,…

From Bordeaux to Nato

3 November 2016 3:00 pm

An aeon ago, when I was first invited to the odd City lunch, there was a standard formula: G&T, white,…

The sacred mission to stop real whisky becoming too popular

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A long-standing friend of mine is a lucky fellow. He has spent his career doing exactly what he was born…

Whisky galore

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

A long-standing friend of mine is a lucky fellow. He has spent his career doing exactly what he was born…

Whisky galore

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

A long-standing friend of mine is a lucky fellow. He has spent his career doing exactly what he was born…

Eat, drink and be worried

8 October 2016 9:00 am

We were surpassing Sydney Smith. His idea of heaven was pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets. Our…

Eat, drink and be worried

6 October 2016 2:00 pm

We were surpassing Sydney Smith. His idea of heaven was pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets. Our…

Winemaking with convictions

24 September 2016 9:00 am

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

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…