Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV2, Thursday)
For some reason I like to have a theme for our mini-bar offers, concentrating on a particular country, region or grower.
Watching television as a critic is an artificial way of watching television.
Southwold has just been voted the finest seaside resort in Britain, and it’s easy to see why.
The most egregious example of cheating in wildlife photography was...
The name of Robert Parker, the oenological sage of Maryland, is not often invoked by British merchants, who tend to sniff that he is too keen on overflavoured wines that lack subtlety and finesse.
Spectator readers are famous for being richer than most, which is why the magazine carries ads for cashmere hip flasks and handbags made from the toenails of hand-reared angora rabbits.
I was fascinated to watch the low-key struggle the other day between BBC and ITV executives, and members of the Commons culture committee.
I’ve just been sent an order form for the 2006 Château Pétrus, now being held in bond. It works out at £917 a bottle (or, say, £15 a sip.)
These are difficult times for the BBC. The fine for the Blue Peter phone-in fraud was, in its way, as big a shock as the famous vandalising of its garden. The silly Crowngate affair in which what they claimed was the Queen staging an angry walk-out turned out to be her staging an angry walk-in.
The weather may be bizarre at the moment, but when the sun comes it seems particularly warm, which is when you will crave these excellent wines.
Sex, the City and Me
Here’s a very exciting offer from Wrightson & Company
Channel 4’s Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel (Wednesday) was, as promised, pretty tasteless stuff, though not for the reasons we were told.
Fashions in wine change, like everything else, so it was inevitable that when New World wines swept all before them, Europe would learn to follow the trend.
Now, pay attention. We have a lot of wines to get through and not much time, so if you don’t mind, I’ll crack on.
Now and again someone recommends a programme, and you’re very glad they did because it’s the kind of show that…
Stone, Vine and Sun, a modestly sized operation near Winchester, keeps winning awards as the best independent wine merchant, and I’m not surprised.
Summer is almost upon us. Ah, the cancerous barbecue smoke drifting from next door’s garden, the stinking, sweaty trains and buses, the yobs with stomachs spilling over their shorts, the never-ending football season.
Mitchell and Webb are a puzzle
Prestige Agencies is part of the admirable Playford Ros company in North Yorkshire.
There are many ways of buying cheap wine, though fewer means of buying good cheap wine. Supermarkets often have bargains.
This week’s mini-bar is from a new company, titled in the modern fashion, FromVineyardsDirect.com
I used to write a few political profiles in my time, and the one thing I always hoped was that…