Spectator Wine

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.…

September Wine Club

5 September 2015 9:00 am

It’s back to Tanners this month, whose offer in June was such a great hit with readers. We’ve another fine…

August Wine Vaults

22 August 2015 9:00 am

James Franklin of Corney & Barrow presented a very strong selection for this offer, any bottle of which I would…

August Wine Club

8 August 2015 9:00 am

A really strong team of wines from The Wine Company this week, drawn from France, Italy and New Zealand and…

July Wine Club

25 July 2015 9:00 am

We seem unusually focused this week — never an easy task after one of our Wine Club tastings — with all six…

July Wine Vaults

11 July 2015 9:00 am

We are in the middle of a heatwave as I write. Roads are melting, rails are buckling and tempers are…