Wine club

Review: Winemaker’s Lunch with Chapel Down

25 July 2017 3:03 pm

Mark Harvey, Chapel Down’s managing director of wines, was in great form last week at our Spectator Winemaker’s Lunch, held…

Letter from Toronto

23 June 2016 11:46 am

So here I am, just arrived in Toronto. And it strikes me that we Brits uncertain about the vote on…

How wrong can I be?

21 April 2016 12:21 pm

Jonathan Ray reckons size matters and finds himself wrong footed by the supermarkets. So there I was at my birthday…

Browsing and Sluicing in Sussex and Surrey

8 April 2016 1:19 pm

To get himself in shape for the forthcoming Spectator St. George’s Day trip to Chapel Down Winery in Kent, Jonathan…

RIP Ronnie Corbett

31 March 2016 4:19 pm

Ronnie Corbett was an absolute gent, one of the nicest of men and hilarious company. He was self-deprecating, courteous and…

The Perils of Taking Wine to a Party

29 March 2016 11:47 am

Which is worse – to take an expensive wine to a party (“Oh, how sweet of you!”) only for the…

Why isn’t George Osborne more supportive of the English wine industry?

17 March 2016 5:35 pm

Yet again wine drinkers get it straight in the goolies from the Chancellor. Duty on wine will rise with inflation…

Ask Johnny!

29 February 2016 10:28 am

Q. What does méthode traditionelle mean on a wine label? It is the process (sometimes known as Méthode Champenoise) by which…

Wine on Aeroplanes

29 February 2016 10:27 am

Up in the air, sky high, sky high…

If it’s good enough for Dom Perignon, it’s good enough for me!

19 February 2016 3:56 pm

We had a fine Spectator Winemaker Dinner just before Christmas, hosted by the inimitable Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave at…

About our Wine Partners

16 February 2016 12:03 pm

Berry Bros & Rudd is the grand old man of St. James’s, family-owned and still trading from the very spot…

Buying wine in a restaurant

16 February 2016 10:11 am

Buying wine in a restaurant can be both an uplifting and a dispiriting experience. Uplifting because you are very likely…

Train to Marseille

16 February 2016 10:10 am

Mrs Ray and I took the train the other day. All the way from Ashford to Marseille – direct. And…

Ten unexpectedly wonderful places in which to eat

15 February 2016 5:26 pm

Once in a while, you stumble upon a restaurant that unexpectedly hits the spot perfectly. It’s unlikely to be pricey…

Wine from the greatest châteaux for a fraction of the price

15 February 2016 5:17 pm

Six wines from the very top Grands Crus Classés Bordeaux estates which are declassifed, and so offer extraordinary value for money

My initiation into the fellowship of wine (I swallowed)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

This month’s wine club lecture was on red burgundy. The members were settling themselves at two large tables when I…