There are mixed views — to put it mildly — concerning the quality of the 2013 Bordeaux vintage. It’s not…
We’re thinking ahead with this offer, with summer firmly in our sights. Think of barbecues, picnics by the river, summer…
For many years, Languedoc-Roussillon was a byword for lousy wine. The region was infamous for producing vast amounts of grim…
A really tasty selection from The Wine Company this week at very generously discounted prices. There is a theme of…
When I worked at Berry Bros & Rudd 20 years ago, I had a wonderfully eccentric customer who liked to…
What I most admire about FromVineyardsDirect (apart from the quality and quirkiness of their wines and the ease of ordering)…
The late Alan Watkins, in whose memory we enjoyed a commemorative lunch at the Garrick Club the other day, was…
Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of September
Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of August
Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of July
Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of June
I’m just back from the United States where the local wine is ridiculously expensive, apart from the ridiculously cheap, and you wouldn’t want to drink an awful lot of that, since Diet Coke may be more subtle.
This month we feature luxurious wines from France — some well-known, others which deserve to become much better known.
Simon Hoggart's latest selection
This is our last mini-bar before we start to get ready for Christmas.
For some reason I like to have a theme for our mini-bar offers, concentrating on a particular country, region or grower.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.