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…

Mourning Julia Gillard with the greatest wine ever to come out of Australia

6 July 2013 9:00 am

My Australian friend was in mourning over the removal of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. She had…

When an economist turns into a winemaker

22 June 2013 9:00 am

My friend Mitch Feierstein is a jolly, cheerful, life-enhancing fellow. He is emphatically not one of those economists whose purse-lipped…

Taste Ranald Macdonald’s wines, and you can forgive his ancestors for allying with the Vikings

8 June 2013 9:00 am

The Macdonalds of Clanranald are one of the oldest families in the world. Their lineage comfortably predates the Scotland of…

The lesson of France and Italy - the worse the country, the better the wine

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Although I promise to move on to drink, forgive me for beginning with a less interesting but even more complex…

The Spanish understand the pig and the sea

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Spain: an easy country to enjoy; very hard, even for Spaniards, to understand. I remember a dinner party, sitting next…

The grape, the grain and Margaret Thatcher

13 April 2013 9:00 am

It is impossible to think about anything else. Her death was more of a shock than a surprise. She had,…

Day of judgment

26 May 2012 1:00 pm

Why sheep? As a small boy, that thought sometimes occurred to me after a Church of Scotland service. In a…

Feverish Fairy

30 June 2011 12:00 am

Hemingway beheld horses, Wilde saw tulips growing in the sawdust, but absinthe left Jeremy Clarke lucid and inspired