Wine

Could any cook help me overcome my terror of tapioca?

9 May 2015 9:00 am

There are those who claim that this column is idiosyncratic. They have seen nothing yet. I am about to mention…

A serious business

A wine pro finds himself out of his depth at the Varsity Blind Wine Tasting Match

25 April 2015 9:00 am

One of the great jokes of the wine trade is: ‘Have you ever confused Burgundy with Bordeaux?’ ‘Not since this…

The greatest wine I’ve ever drunk

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The supermarket chains are not always blameworthy. Their missionary efforts have helped to ensure that wine drinking in Britain is…

The triumph of Guatemalan rum (and a disaster for a Guatemalan ambassador)

11 April 2015 9:00 am

For many years, the Central American republic of Guatemala had a grievance against the United Kingdom. It claimed sovereignty over…

Wines to toast a warrior saint

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Towards the chimes at midnight, a few of us left a — respectable — establishment near Leicester Square. Eight or…

A dog to remember (and the wine he inspired)

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Meeting to taste wine, we started by talking about dogs. Roy Hattersley is good on the subject, which ought to…

Diappointing vintage: the 2011 harvest in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is back – but be careful

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Claret is back — but choose carefully and be patient

France, England and the tragedy of DSK

28 February 2015 9:00 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

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…

The spirit of Prohibition lives (if you’re a haggis)

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It is an old adage, but still pertinent. ‘Every generalisation about India is true, and so is the opposite.’ The…

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…

Wine tasting in 19th-century Austria

Not a barrel of laughs: a history of hogsheads, kegs and puncheons

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Few people, perhaps, will immediately seize on this title as just the thing for a relative’s Christmas, even if their…

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…

Wine merchants might just be the happiest people in the world

8 November 2014 9:00 am

A delightful girl came to see me this morning. She is helping with the research for a biography of David…

The secret kinship of good wine and good cricket

25 October 2014 9:00 am

A high proportion of wine-lovers also enjoy cricket, and vice versa. This might seem natural. Anyone with an aesthetic temperament…

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…

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…

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…

Rose Prince’s summer wine match menu

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Rose Prince offers a seasonal menu worth drinking to

Grape preparation: the preferred method in north London

Politically correct wines worth drinking

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Melanie McDonagh picks out bottles with a delicious hint of middle-class virtue

Red wine... with a hint of Diet Coke

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Dangerous things happen if you ask Lloyd Evans to improvise

How it used to be done: practice for the 1955 Soho Waiters’ Race, from Soho Square to Greek Street

What it takes to be Best Sommelier of the World

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Ray finds out what it takes to be Best Sommelier of the World

Dear Mary: How can I make my polite English husband interrupt like a German?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Q. My dear English husband has never mastered the knack of timing his interventions in conversation. He hesitates politely, and…

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…