Spectator Wine

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…

June Wine Club II

27 June 2015 9:00 am

We’ve a selection of simple summer quaffing wines this week, full of bright flavours, courtesy of our old chums Tanners…

June Wine Club I

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Pol Roger is The Speccie’s favourite fizz and no event here is complete without it. In fact, judging by the…

Domaine de la Jasse Offer

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Quadruple medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon – an irresistible opportunity

May Wine Club II

30 May 2015 9:00 am

We don’t seem to have had a Wine Club offer from Corney & Barrow for a while and, with associate…

May Rosé Offer

16 May 2015 9:00 am

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