Jonathan Ray

Wine Club 25 March

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Spectator readers, being wise wine-lovers, are particularly fond of Château Musar, that extraordinary wine born of the Bekaa Valley in…

Wine Club 18 March

18 March 2017 9:00 am

I’m going to fess up right from the off and say that, yes, you’re right, we’ve offered two of these…

Wine Club 4 March

4 March 2017 9:00 am

I adore the wines of New Zealand. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if I…

Loire Valley

3 March 2017 5:12 pm

Jonathan Ray delights in crossing the Channel for a weekend in the Loire and Loir Valleys

Pol Roger 2008

19 February 2017 9:19 pm

            Pol Roger Champagne is pretty much the house pour at the Spectator. Not every…

Wine Club 18 February

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Tanners have been around since 1842 and certainly know their onions. Both Decanter and the International Wine Challenge named them…

Wine Club 4 February

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Phew, done it! Dry January, that is, and 31 whole days on the wretched water wagon, clinging on by my…

Wine Club 21 January

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I don’t know about you but my cellar took a pounding over Christmas and on New Year’s Eve. Yes, yes,…

The Joy of our Spectator Wine Club lunches

20 December 2016 6:48 pm

Our final Spectator Wine Club lunch of the year was a huge success last week. There was something of a…

Wine Club 10 December

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Tricky time of year this, with the festivities hoving into view. Never easy for anyone, least of all those of…

Review: Dinner with Armand de Brignac

30 November 2016 11:08 am

A fine time was had by all at the Dickie Fitz Restaurant and Dining Room in London W1 the other…

Wine Club 27 November

26 November 2016 9:00 am

We’ve a really strong selection this week from Tanners of Shrewsbury. In fact, I was so impressed that it took…

Boris and Prosecco

23 November 2016 4:56 pm

So, dear old Boris has put his size 10s in it again, upsetting prosecco producers and Italians everywhere with his…

Mount Gay Rum

22 November 2016 11:38 am

Jonathan Ray visits the oldest rum distillery in the world and gets his hands dirty blending My travels round the…

The Joy of Chocolate

22 November 2016 11:29 am

In Grenada, Jonathan Ray attempts to extend his life by eating plenty of dark chocolate. I’m in the House of…

Wine Club 19 November

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Six wines from the very top Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux châteaux which are declassified, offering extraordinary value for money at a price we can afford

Letter from the Caribbean #2

17 November 2016 4:08 pm

Jonathan Ray gets his head around how to create the perfect rum cocktail. I’ve lost count of the number of…

Letter from the Caribbean #1

17 November 2016 3:59 pm

Jonathan Ray gets a taste for rum but knows when it’s time to stop. Excitement in the Caribbean concerning Prince…

Blind tasting

9 November 2016 1:10 pm

In my line of work, I’m lucky enough to go to a lot of wine tastings – press tastings that…

The Spectator Wine School: New World wines

7 November 2016 3:44 pm

We had some fascinating wines at the Spectator Wine School’s penultimate class of term this week. The theme was wines…

Wine Club 5 November

5 November 2016 9:00 am

We’re with my alma mater Berry Bros & Rudd this week featuring some of their excellent own selection wines. I…

Wine Club 29 October

29 October 2016 9:00 am

We’re not due a Wine Club offering in the magazine until next week, but so good were the wines that…

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine

28 October 2016 3:13 pm

We had a fine party at 67 Pall Mall last night to launch the new edition of Simon Hoggart’s Life’s…

Limerick competition: the results

26 October 2016 11:18 am

We had some fine limericks in response to our most recent Spectator Wine Club competition in which we asked readers…

International Sherry Week

26 October 2016 11:12 am

Just in case it had slipped your notice I thought I’d let you know that International Sherry Week is coming…