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Wine Club 11 June

11 June 2016 9:00 am

I never drink before noon or 7 p.m., but find myself ever more often glancing at the sundial and licking…

Wine Club 28 May

28 May 2016 9:00 am

The following wines from Private Cellar are all about summer, chosen with long lunches on the lawn, picnics by the…

Wine Club 14 May

14 May 2016 9:00 am

I reckon Robert Boutflower of Tanners has the measure of The Spectator. He knows exactly what tickles our fancy. He…

Wine Club 30 April

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Sacha Lichine from Chateau d’Esclans in Provence is recognised as the world’s foremost rosé producer

How wrong can I be?

21 April 2016 12:21 pm

Jonathan Ray reckons size matters and finds himself wrong footed by the supermarkets. So there I was at my birthday…

Wine Club 16 April

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Mark Pardoe MW, the wine-buying director of Berry Bros. & Rudd, has a touching fondness for The Spectator. Either that…

Size matters

8 April 2016 1:46 pm

I was struck recently as I perused the modest collection of bottles I pretentiously call my ‘home cellar’ (the really…

Browsing and Sluicing in Sussex and Surrey

8 April 2016 1:19 pm

To get himself in shape for the forthcoming Spectator St. George’s Day trip to Chapel Down Winery in Kent, Jonathan…

RIP Ronnie Corbett

31 March 2016 4:19 pm

Ronnie Corbett was an absolute gent, one of the nicest of men and hilarious company. He was self-deprecating, courteous and…

A fizzy new sponsor for the world of three-day eventing

31 March 2016 10:26 am

Pol Roger have a long history of sponsoring exciting, and sometimes somewhat eccentric events – from real tennis to horse…

The Perils of Taking Wine to a Party

29 March 2016 11:47 am

Which is worse – to take an expensive wine to a party (“Oh, how sweet of you!”) only for the…

Why isn’t George Osborne more supportive of the English wine industry?

17 March 2016 5:35 pm

Yet again wine drinkers get it straight in the goolies from the Chancellor. Duty on wine will rise with inflation…

St George’s Day tour and lunch at Chapel Down

16 March 2016 4:54 pm

Join us for an intimate and exclusive Spectator lunch at Chapel Down’s vineyards and winery in Kent. On your visit…

Winemaker’s lunch with Beltrán Domecq

3 March 2016 5:13 pm

Join us in the Spectator boardroom on Tuesday 12 April for the next in this year’s series of Spectator Winemaker lunches with Beltrán Domecq, President…

Ask Johnny!

29 February 2016 10:28 am

Q. What does méthode traditionelle mean on a wine label? It is the process (sometimes known as Méthode Champenoise) by which…

Wine on Aeroplanes

29 February 2016 10:27 am

Up in the air, sky high, sky high…

If it’s good enough for Dom Perignon, it’s good enough for me!

19 February 2016 3:56 pm

We had a fine Spectator Winemaker Dinner just before Christmas, hosted by the inimitable Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave at…

What really happened on The Spectator Cruise

18 February 2016 3:40 pm

Ok, so first things first. Jeremy Clark didn’t fall overboard after all. He did, though, dance all night every night…

Our dinner with Peter Gago

18 February 2016 3:24 pm

Peter Gago, the exuberant head winemaker at Penfolds, producer of Australia’s most celebrated and garlanded wine, Grange, was in fine…

About our Wine Partners

16 February 2016 12:03 pm

Berry Bros & Rudd is the grand old man of St. James’s, family-owned and still trading from the very spot…

Buying wine in a restaurant

16 February 2016 10:11 am

Buying wine in a restaurant can be both an uplifting and a dispiriting experience. Uplifting because you are very likely…

Train to Marseille

16 February 2016 10:10 am

Mrs Ray and I took the train the other day. All the way from Ashford to Marseille – direct. And…

Browsing and sluicing in Perth and Margaret River, Western Australia

15 February 2016 5:23 pm

When I was last in Perth – more than ten years ago – it was well and truly shut. There…

Bonaparte’s Beverages

15 February 2016 5:20 pm

With last year’s bicentennial of the battle of Waterloo, a lot of people have been banging on about Napoleon Bonaparte…

Wine from the greatest châteaux for a fraction of the price

15 February 2016 5:17 pm

Six wines from the very top Grands Crus Classés Bordeaux estates which are declassifed, and so offer extraordinary value for money