Claret

Found in a friend’s cellar — the wines of a lifetime

16 December 2017 9:00 am

In longevity, great wine can march with human life. Creating (better still, maintaining) a fine cellar really is a compact…

A Dutch treat from Bordeaux

21 October 2017 9:00 am

In 1995, a young Dutchman completed an MBA. Banking beckoned. An internship was arranged. But Alexander van Beek thought that…

All’s fair in love, Waugh and wine

23 September 2017 9:00 am

I was reminded of Wild West films from boyhood. Then, the beleaguered garrison scanned the horizon; would the US cavalry…

The world is all but lost – at least we’ve found some good caviar

22 April 2017 9:00 am

I argued that it was unnecessary to have made sacrifices during Lent in order to celebrate its conclusion. It is…

From kittens to claret: an ideal education

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Call me a sentimental old whatever, but watching a four-year old hearing The Tale of Samuel Whiskers for the first…

Alexander McCall Smith’s Bruce Anderson – and me

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Will Lyons, a delightful companion, is not only a friend of mine. He has one of the finest palates in…

The Brexiteers will want David Cameron back soon enough

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Journalists are chronic exaggerators. Strong words are always being thrown away on trivial events. ‘Whitehall was shocked last night as…

We celebrated a birth with a wine that will last decades

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Good Saturday, 2015, stepping westward. Autumn sunshine: autumn leaves, almost comparable to New England: pumpkins everywhere, very New England. We…

Lunch with a claret fit for gods, heroes and David Cameron

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I cannot remember a jollier lunch. There are two brothers, Sebastian and Nicholas Payne, both practical epicureans. They have made…

The secret heart of London conservatism…

6 June 2015 9:00 am

There is a dive near St James’s which could claim to be the epicentre of international reaction. It is also…

The secret kinship of good wine and good cricket

25 October 2014 9:00 am

A high proportion of wine-lovers also enjoy cricket, and vice versa. This might seem natural. Anyone with an aesthetic temperament…

The Society of Odd Bottles and the Sisterhood of the Black Pudding

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles has been mentioned in this column before. I can report that the membership is…