Wine

The best bottle to come from the Gigondas

25 May 2024 9:00 am

One needs wine more than ever, yet when imbibing, it can be hard to concentrate. So much is going on.…

How to become an old soak

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Drink and longevity: there seems to have been a successful counter-attack against the puritans, prohibitionists and other health faddists. Indeed,…

The case for Churchillian drinking

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Churchill. No disrespect to Andrew Roberts’s more recent work, but I set out to look up a point about drink…

The glory of German wines

13 April 2024 9:00 am

I have had three recent conversations, all lively if unrelated – and all well lubricated. The first concerned Anglo-Saxon England…

I’m a rosé convert

17 February 2024 9:00 am

The miracle of limoncello

3 February 2024 9:00 am

My adventures in rosé

6 January 2024 9:00 am

The world is a mess. Why not find escapism through wine?

4 November 2023 9:00 am

In most children’s stories, the good characters live happily ever after. Works suitable for older readers tend to greater realism.…

It’s time to take Italian wine seriously

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Tuscany: earth has not anything to show more fair. The landscape is charming. The gentle hills seem to smile down…

Tories know how to find themselves a good drink

7 October 2023 9:00 am

I feel old, and feelings are not always wrong, This eheu fugaces mood came on me at the Conservative party…

The beauty of a serious Burgundy

29 July 2023 9:00 am

It was the English summer at its most perverse. We were drinking Pimm’s while hoping against hope for better news…

Where to drink Tuscany’s finest summer tipples

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Some subjects invite an eternal recurrence. One such is Tuscany. The other day, I wrote about that glorious region: its…

What’s so super about Super Tuscans?

1 July 2023 9:00 am

In Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the hopes embodied in the title dissolve into grimness and black irony. It was all…

The beauty of rosé and roses

17 June 2023 9:00 am

What an idyllic setting. We were amidst the joys of high summer in England, with just enough of a breeze…

The Britishness of Bordeaux

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Burgundy or Bordeaux? We were discussing that unending question during dinner over the weekend. I think that there is only…

Tinta de Toro: the Spanish red that helped Columbus make waves

20 May 2023 9:00 am

I am assured that this is not a legend. But a few years ago, an Irishman’s life was twice saved…

The Eton vs Winchester of the wine world

29 October 2022 9:00 am

A few days ago, when everything looked black, a small group of us were consoling ourselves over a couple of…

Why the dry martini is the finest cocktail of all

1 October 2022 9:00 am

We were discussing bourbon and whether American whiskey could ever rival Scotch. I recalled the first time I ever tried…