Drink

The battling brilliance of Burgundy

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There is only one answer to the question ‘Burgundy or claret?’ ‘Yes, but never in the same glass.’ Yet I…

When did we become a nation of police informers?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that.…

Cognac and the Viking connection in la France profonde

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The chestnut trees were still resplendent in yellow leaf along the banks of a misty autumn river on its glide…

‘Do you come here often?’ A theatre bar goes on stage in a revue from 1933

A critic’s guide to theatre bars

6 December 2014 9:00 am

For varied atmosphere and overpriced booze you can’t beat theatre bars, says Lloyd Evans

The uneasy marriage of Jamaica’s two greatest exports

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Henry Jeffreys on Jamaica’s national drink

At last, trendy gins are tasting like gin again

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Trendy gin now tastes as it should, says Simon Berry

Favourite cocktails from Matthew Parris, Jeremy Clarke, Martin Vander Weyer and more

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Spectator writers share their favourite concoctions

‘The plan was to pour the apple juice into an oak hogshead, freshly emptied of its whisky’

The birth of a barrel of cider

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The fabulous October weather is now just a memory but it made for a golden, old-fashioned apple day down in…

The recruitment company to go to if you've got no arms or legs

6 December 2014 9:00 am

When to launch? For impresarios, this is the eternal dilemma. Autumn is so crowded with press nights that producers are…

The great lunchtime wine showdown

6 December 2014 9:00 am

This is a tale of two lunches, sort of. The first was a classically English affair. We started with native…

The real French embassy is a restaurant

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Semper eadem. There is some basement in a Mayfair street that is forever France. It is not far from the…

James Delingpole falls in love with Grayson Perry - and almost comes round to Chris Huhne

1 November 2014 9:00 am

I love Grayson Perry. You might almost call him the anti-Russell Brand: a genuinely talented artist who also has some…

Proof that the Japanese know how to make great Bordeaux

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Château Lagrange, a St Julien third growth, has the largest acreage of any Bordeaux classed growth. For much of the…

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…

Horse racing, Sancerre and escaped lobsters

30 August 2014 9:00 am

A stint in dry dock — the ‘dry’ literally — has one advantage. There is time for lots of long…

A bitter struggle with the dictionary

30 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t mind if I do,’ is one of husband’s stock phrases — jokes he would think them — in this…

Visiting Burgundy from my hospital bed

16 August 2014 9:00 am

There have been some splendid rumours about my health. According to the most exotic, I was cas-evacked from a hill…

Some consumer advice: do not sell your daughter for a bottle of 90-year-old port

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Port, or Hermitage? This does not refer to personal consumption. I was trying to remember Meredith’s Egoist, in which one…

A military funeral for a heroic vintage

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Alas, the ’63 ports are beginning to fade. I came to that conclusion the last time I tasted a Warre’s,…

If Ed Miliband can’t be our first Jewish prime minister, he can still be our first atheist Jewish prime minister from Primrose Hill

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Last weekend, in a small New Jersey suburb, I found myself in a liquor store. Never been anywhere like it.…

What Quique Dacosta knows that Picasso didn’t

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Chefs have a problem. Think of much of the best food you have ever eaten. Caviar, English native oysters, sashimi,…

A spirit to warm Bruegel’s ‘Hunters in the Snow’

15 February 2014 9:00 am

The ostensible subject matter is misleading, as is any conflation with his lesser relatives’ wassailing peasants and roistering village squares.…

Our daily haggis

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Give us this day our daily bread: those are also words of great culinary significance. Even if the ‘bread’ takes…

When Glyndebourne is the most perfect place on earth

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Glyndebourne. There is no single quintessential example of English scenery, but this is one of the finest. The landscape is …

Christopher Sykes’s diary: David Hockney, Bridlington lobster, and the risks of a third martini

6 July 2013 9:00 am

I began my week with a trip to Bridlington, the closest seaside town to my childhood home. ‘Brid’, as it’s…