The night I drank century-old champagne from a shipwreck

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The night I drank century-old champagne from a shipwreck

I’m grateful for my grateful drinking friend

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The phone rang. ‘You are the last person in the world I should be talking to’, proclaimed an old friend…

Is the great vintage of 2015 retreating into itself

20 January 2018 9:00 am

We were pondering the relationship between military history and wine vintages. It is extraordinary to think that the French managed…

How Christmas lunch became Christmas dinner

6 January 2018 9:00 am

It was a culinary triumph. My hosts do not spend much time in the UK, and are determined to entertain…

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…

Gender comes in fluid form

18 November 2017 9:00 am

I have lost faith in British boyhood. In mixed schools, young males have failed to seize an opportunity that previous…

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 best Rioja has lost the right to its name – thankfully

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The best Rioja has lost the right to its name – thankfully

Thank Evans for Quintessentially good wine

9 September 2017 9:00 am

There was an entirely forgotten leftist called Allen Ginsberg, a so-called beat poet (surely an oxymoron) who once produced a…

The best way to celebrate the past? Uncork it

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I have been thinking about the Dark Ages. This has nothing to do with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. A…

A New World to discover

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The astonishing Aussie ‘Noirs’ that rival premier cru Burgundy

The best way to view Jeremy Corbyn? Through rosé-tinted glasses

3 June 2017 9:00 am

It was a typical bank holiday. Usual English weather: glorious, until you leave home without a brolly. Then fickleness supervenes…

Dear Mary: how do you excuse yourself from a dull conversation?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Q. My mother always told me that only boring people are bored. However she never got stuck at a drinks…

The charms of old Paris – and the naughtiest girl of the 20th century

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paris used to be the most self-confident city in the world. Brash, assertive, boastful: Manhattan claimed to be the best.…

Beware the cult of ‘natural wine’

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Beware the cult of ‘natural wine’

Burgundies that taste of T.S. Eliot

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Eliot. After 50 years trying to make sense of his verse, and at the risk of admitting to rampant philistinism,…

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…

There is a dangerous new snobbery – but it’s not from Remainers

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Yet another kind of snob Sir: May I offer another definition of a ‘snob’ to the one described by Bryan…

Should I hang myself out to dry again this January?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

And so it begins again. This time last year, I decided to see how long I could last without alcohol.…

Had someone deliberately messed up Lord Archer’s dinner?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I first ate at the London version of Harry’s Bar in the early 1990s. Back then, Jeffrey Archer and I…

Want to understand Italy's economy? Look at its wines, not its GDP

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The other day, I had lunch with the grandest person I know. Forget 1066: Adrian Ziani de Ferranti can trace…

The Odd Bottles now have a paramilitary wing

3 December 2016 9:00 am

This is something to be said for starting to celebrate Christmas before the end of the grouse season. It provides…

What wine is worthy of white truffle? It took us a few tries to be sure

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few days ago, on the Dorset/Somerset marches, autumn was still in orderly retreat. Although a pear tree’s leaves had…

Should Nato have embraced Russia?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

An aeon ago, when I was first invited to the odd City lunch, there was a standard formula: G&T, white,…

The Wine List: We name and shame the worst mark-ups in London restaurants

3 November 2016 9:00 am

The worst wine mark-ups in London named and shamed