Wine

My initiation into the fellowship of wine (I swallowed)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

This month’s wine club lecture was on red burgundy. The members were settling themselves at two large tables when I…

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 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…

Wine tasting in 19th-century Austria

Not a barrel of laughs: a history of hogsheads, kegs and puncheons

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Few people, perhaps, will immediately seize on this title as just the thing for a relative’s Christmas, even if their…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dear Mary: How can I make my polite English husband interrupt like a German?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Q. My dear English husband has never mastered the knack of timing his interventions in conversation. He hesitates politely, and…

Some consumer advice: do not sell your daughter for a bottle of 90-year-old port

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Port, or Hermitage? This does not refer to personal consumption. I was trying to remember Meredith’s Egoist, in which one…

Our daily haggis

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Give us this day our daily bread: those are also words of great culinary significance. Even if the ‘bread’ takes…

Drink: The great white Burgundy disaster

4 January 2014 9:00 am

We agreed that it was the gravest crisis facing mankind. It has led to dashed hopes, widespread grief and a…

When Glyndebourne is the most perfect place on earth

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Glyndebourne. There is no single quintessential example of English scenery, but this is one of the finest. The landscape is …

The greatest novel in English – and how to drink it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Which is the greatest novel in the English language? Let us review the candidates: Clarissa, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The…

Mourning Julia Gillard with the greatest wine ever to come out of Australia

6 July 2013 9:00 am

My Australian friend was in mourning over the removal of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. She had…