Spectator Wine

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

Wine Club 6 February

15 February 2016 4:53 pm

Well, that’s January done and dusted. Phew! An immense relief, I’m sure, for all those clinging to the wagon by…

Wine Club 23 January

23 January 2016 9:00 am

I don’t know about you, but I was rather crushed when the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, declared that…

November Wine Vaults

21 November 2015 9:00 am

It’s already started — the festive flood of shoddy champagne on BOGOF deals in the supermarkets. Well, BOGOF indeed. Such…

Wine from the greatest châteaux for a fraction of the price

7 November 2015 9:00 am

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

October Wine Club II

24 October 2015 9:00 am

A serious wine merchant stands or falls by the quality of its own-label or house wines. When I worked at…

October Wine Vaults

10 October 2015 9:00 am

We have three remarkably fine bottles from the Wine Company this week, each a classic example of its type. First,…

October Wine Club

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Jason Yapp has been even more ebullient than usual, if such a thing was possible, Yapp Brothers having scooped three…

September Wine Club II

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the Rugby World Cup kicks off this Friday with England vs Fiji at HQ.…