Wine Club

Jonathan Ray reviews our recent Spectator Winemaker’s lunch with Nicolas Bureau of Glenelly Estate

31 October 2019 11:14 am

The lunch sold out almost the minute it was advertised and it was an expectant and – let’s be frank…

Clays, Claret and Cognac Cruise 2019 review

24 October 2019 8:00 pm

Well, that’s a sight that will live with me for a long time, that of our esteemed business editor, Martin…

Spectator Winemaker’s Lunch with Pol Roger review

19 July 2019 4:52 pm

Jonathan Ray reviews our recent Spectator Winemaker’s lunch with James Simpson MW of Champagne Pol Roger As readers well know,…

Château Beauchêne lunch review

11 July 2019 2:22 pm

Jonathan Ray reviews our recent Spectator Winemaker’s lunch with Amandine Bernard of Ch. Beauchêne Our most recent Winemaker Lunch was…

An evening with Glenmorangie

9 May 2019 3:10 pm

We had quite a coup the other day when Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling at Glenmorangie (and also, incidentally,…

Glorious Clarets in Large Formats, Ideal for Christmas

13 December 2018 5:44 pm

You will have read, I’m sure, our Low Life correspondent’s account of the recent Spectator claret and clay pigeon shoot…

Alcohol Consumption

18 October 2018 9:51 am

Broadcaster Adrian Chiles has got us all clutching our livers in alarm (if we can find them: Chiles thought his…

Hamilton Russell Offer

3 July 2018 4:17 pm

In the first of a series of very special offers, our drinks editor Jonathan Ray here describes our recent Spectator…

Pimm’s No.6.

21 July 2017 2:43 pm

Well, that’s Wimbledon done and dusted for another year. All hail King Roger! It’s been a great tournament with much…

Loire Valley

3 March 2017 5:12 pm

Jonathan Ray delights in crossing the Channel for a weekend in the Loire and Loir Valleys

Pol Roger 2008

19 February 2017 9:19 pm

            Pol Roger Champagne is pretty much the house pour at the Spectator. Not every…

The Joy of our Spectator Wine Club lunches

20 December 2016 6:48 pm

Our final Spectator Wine Club lunch of the year was a huge success last week. There was something of a…

Boris and Prosecco

23 November 2016 4:56 pm

So, dear old Boris has put his size 10s in it again, upsetting prosecco producers and Italians everywhere with his…

Mount Gay Rum

22 November 2016 11:38 am

Jonathan Ray visits the oldest rum distillery in the world and gets his hands dirty blending My travels round the…

Letter from the Caribbean #2

17 November 2016 4:08 pm

Jonathan Ray gets his head around how to create the perfect rum cocktail. I’ve lost count of the number of…

Letter from the Caribbean #1

17 November 2016 3:59 pm

Jonathan Ray gets a taste for rum but knows when it’s time to stop. Excitement in the Caribbean concerning Prince…

Blind tasting

9 November 2016 1:10 pm

In my line of work, I’m lucky enough to go to a lot of wine tastings – press tastings that…

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine

28 October 2016 3:13 pm

We had a fine party at 67 Pall Mall last night to launch the new edition of Simon Hoggart’s Life’s…

International Sherry Week

26 October 2016 11:12 am

Just in case it had slipped your notice I thought I’d let you know that International Sherry Week is coming…

Hennessy XO and the Hennessy Gold Cup

20 October 2016 2:31 pm

Hennessy, the best-selling cognac of all, is giving two lucky Spectator readers the chance to win a bottle of Hennessy…

Kummel and Soda, sir?

12 October 2016 4:59 pm

Jonathan Ray encounters his new favourite drink.  The other night I had a drink I’d never had before and I…

L’Epicurienne

13 September 2016 12:00 pm

This competition has now closed. Read Jonathan Ray’s post-competition blog here. I’m hoping you might forgive a little self indulgence with…

Imperial pint of champagne

22 August 2016 10:51 am

Jonathan Ray gives a heartening update on the campaign to bring back the imperial pint of champagne When the Spectator…

Portmeirion blog

18 August 2016 3:16 pm

Jonathan Ray heads to north Wales and braves both Welsh rain and Welsh wine in search of the fabled Welsh…

Ten More Unexpectedly Wonderful Places in Which to Eat

27 July 2016 3:20 pm

One of the great joys of travelling is happening upon a restaurant or bar that quite unexpectedly brings a beaming…