9 April 2011 12:00 am

Penny Junor opens her Diary

Richard Glover’s Diary

23 September 2010 12:00 am

Richard Glover opens up his diary


27 May 2009 12:00 am

James Forsyth reviews the week in politics

Australian Notes

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Editing a small magazine is like writing a poem.

Fear and incomprehension still dominate our perception of Asia

29 April 2009 12:00 am

Eric Ellis questions whether Kevin Rudd’s plan to make Australia the West’s most ‘Asia-literate’ country has anything going for it except geography

August Spectator Wine Club

6 August 2008 12:00 am

Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of August

July Spectator Wine Club

9 July 2008 12:00 am

Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of July

June Wine Club

11 June 2008 12:00 am

A visit to the London International Wine Fair is, paradoxically, a sobering experience.

May Wine Club

14 May 2008 12:00 am

I’ve been reading an intriguing article by Miles Thomas in the Psychologist magazine. It’s called ‘On Vines and Minds’, and it discusses many of the ways in which our brains determine the experience of drinking wine.

April Wine Club

2 April 2008 12:00 am

The budget has hit wine merchants and drinkers quite hard.

February Wine Club

20 February 2008 12:00 am

Time for our annual offer of Château Musar from the excellent folk at Wheeler Cellars, sister company to Lay & Wheeler.

January Wine Club

14 February 2008 12:00 am

I love Stone, Vine & Sun of Winchester. They keep winning awards for best independent wine merchant; they have a knack for finding delicious wines at excellent prices from places you haven’t heard about yet but very soon will.

December Wine Club

7 December 2007 11:43 am

This is our positively final offer for Christmas, and it’s terrific. Thanks to Lay & Wheeler we have half a dozen French classics, all of which would be very welcome on the Yuletide dinner table, or at a memorable party. What’s more, every one is generously discounted. They are not cheap wines, but they are tremendous value.


31 October 2007 3:22 pm

I cannot imagine anyone who looks less like Father Christmas than Adam Brett-Smith, the managing director of Corney & Barrow. Adam is slender instead of fat, his face clean-shaven rather than covered in a fluffy white beard, and he would no more wear a red fur-lined suit and a silly hat than you or I would go to work dressed as Ronald McDonald.


3 October 2007 3:34 pm

A visit to Averys of Bristol is always a delight. They are one of our oldest wine merchants, and while most of the stock is kept these days in a modern warehouse out of town, they still have a cellar in central Bristol.


5 September 2007 2:49 pm

Southwold has just been voted the finest seaside resort in Britain, and it’s easy to see why. 


8 August 2007 2:56 pm

Spectator readers are famous for being richer than most, which is why the magazine carries ads for cashmere hip flasks and handbags made from the toenails of hand-reared angora rabbits.


23 July 2007 3:39 pm

Fortnum & Mason has its own range of wines, and as you would expect, they are very good indeed.


14 June 2007 12:04 pm

Here’s a very exciting offer from Wrightson & Company


25 May 2006 10:14 am

Offers from Corney & Barrow are always extremely popular with Spectator readers.


18 May 2006 5:20 pm

How do you choose a wine these days when there are literally tens of thousands of different bottles on offer


28 April 2006 12:54 pm

This month’s offer includes great classics, together with wines that may be unfamiliar but live up to Berry Brothers' high standards