Wine

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

Extra sparkle: the best stuff is saved for the Brits

The French say their best champagne goes to us Brits. It may even be true

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The British are notoriously cheap when it comes to wine; the average bottle price is around £6. On one wine,…

The sacred mission to stop real whisky becoming too popular

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A long-standing friend of mine is a lucky fellow. He has spent his career doing exactly what he was born…

With great wine comes great anxiety

8 October 2016 9:00 am

We were surpassing Sydney Smith. His idea of heaven was pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets. Our…

How to invest in wine? Buy some, drink some, sell some

1 October 2016 8:00 am

A beginner’s guide to enjoyable investment in wine

The no-nonsense greatness of Australian wine

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Any Australian who admits to not having convict ancestors loses caste. When granted a coat of arms, the smart ones…

What’s a travelling oenophile to do?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Nothing beats drinking Château d’Yquem in a tropical paradise

Don’t fear to tread: vineyards in the Douro Valley

The delicious secrets of the Douro Valley

10 September 2016 9:00 am

They’re called quintas, Joana tells us, because the rich families who owned the land along this stretch of the Douro…

The first grouse of autumn, and a debate begins afresh

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The autumn bank holiday is like the five-minute bell at the opera. The shades of the prison house loom. All…

A toast to the glories of Provence

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Friends have a house in Provence, near the foot of Mont Ventoux. Even in a region so full of charm…

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…

Why it takes more thinking to be a Tory than a socialist

16 July 2016 9:00 am

John Stuart Mill did not describe the Conservatives as the stupid party. He merely said that although not all Tories…

Our lunch with Olivier Humbrecht

13 July 2016 11:40 am

We had a fine Spectator Winemaker Lunch with Olivier Humbrecht of leading Alsace producer Domaine Zind Humbrecht the other day.…

True or false? The Temple of Bel, Palmyra, before and after its destruction at the hands of Islamic State

Why confront the ugly lie of Islamic State with a tacky fake?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Can the beauty of Palmyra be reproduced by data-driven robots? Stephen Bayley on copies, fakes and forgeries

Dear Mary: Is it OK to ask to drink the wine you brought to a dinner party?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Q. What is the etiquette regarding asking to drink the wine you have brought to a dinner party? The man…

Why the Republicans are even more divided than they look

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Republican party schisms Sir: Jacob Heilbrunn astutely analyses the predicament Donald Trump creates for America’s neoconservatives (‘Lumped with Trump’, 14…

Stick to your guns: classic weapons can yield an attractive return free of capital gains tax

The best things in life are capital gains tax free

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Some of the best things in life are free of capital gains tax

Why even the bookies love Leicester City

21 May 2016 9:00 am

THE SPECULATOR

Nicholas Soames’s Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…