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Spectator Drinks Editor, Jonathan Ray, quizzed by Jason Yapp

30 January 2017 5:27 pm

1. Can you tell us what your first wine revelation was? That life always looks rosier with a decent glass…

Restaurateur Gavin Rankin enjoys a gastronomic trip to Belgium

29 November 2016 5:35 pm

Restaurateur Gavin Rankin enjoys a gastronomic trip to Belgium but wishes travelling companion, chef Rowley Leigh, had kept his mouth…

The Joy of Chocolate

22 November 2016 11:29 am

In Grenada, Jonathan Ray attempts to extend his life by eating plenty of dark chocolate. I’m in the House of…

Limerick competition: the results

26 October 2016 11:18 am

We had some fine limericks in response to our most recent Spectator Wine Club competition in which we asked readers…

British Food Today

23 October 2016 12:18 pm

We’ve come a long way since the BSE scandal of the 1990s and the ban on British beef. In fact,…

Bologna

5 September 2016 11:00 am

All right, I’ll admit it – where exactly is Bologna in Italy? If you are a devotee of all things…

Spectator Gin

5 September 2016 10:57 am

If it’s true that we get through a lot of Pol Roger champagne in the Spectator office, it’s also true…

The Wine Bores Competition: the results

28 July 2016 3:55 pm

We had some very fine answers in our competition to find the perfect collective noun for a group of wine…

Why Champagne remains one of the most special wines in the world

21 June 2016 10:53 am

Lunch at my family home was often an amusing affair, a disturbingly brown-looking bottle of Hock or ‘Lieb’ would make…

London Cure Smoked Salmon

25 May 2016 2:34 pm

Most people are unaware that smoked salmon emerged from the East End of London around the turn of the last…

The big guns of the Left Bank

15 April 2016 4:37 pm

Bordeaux 2015 is so good we needed to call in some reinforcements! In fact, the reports from last autumn when the…

Bordeaux 2015: classically styled and deliciously fresh

8 April 2016 1:41 pm

  This article was originally written by Jonathan White for the Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine blog, who have kindly…

It’s all a question of balance. It’s always a question of balance.

3 March 2016 3:04 pm

Aubert de Villaine’s office in Vosne Romanee has a wonderful view of the hill-side of his legendary Domaine de la…