Penny Junor opens her Diary
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James Forsyth reviews the week in politics
Editing a small magazine is like writing a poem.
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
Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of August
Simon Hoggart's latest selection for the month of July
A visit to the London International Wine Fair is, paradoxically, a sobering experience.
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.
The budget has hit wine merchants and drinkers quite hard.
Time for our annual offer of Château Musar from the excellent folk at Wheeler Cellars, sister company to Lay & Wheeler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Southwold has just been voted the finest seaside resort in Britain, and it’s easy to see why.
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.
Fortnum & Mason has its own range of wines, and as you would expect, they are very good indeed.
Here’s a very exciting offer from Wrightson & Company
Offers from Corney & Barrow are always extremely popular with Spectator readers.
How do you choose a wine these days when there are literally tens of thousands of different bottles on offer
This month’s offer includes great classics, together with wines that may be unfamiliar but live up to Berry Brothers' high standards