Our daily haggis

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Give us this day our daily bread: those are also words of great culinary significance. Even if the ‘bread’ takes…

Drink: The great white Burgundy disaster

4 January 2014 9:00 am

We agreed that it was the gravest crisis facing mankind. It has led to dashed hopes, widespread grief and a…

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 …

July Wine Club

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Recent American research shows, as if we didn’t know, that wine tasting is unreliable and scatter-brained. Wines that taste feeble…

The greatest novel in English – and how to drink it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Which is the greatest novel in the English language? Let us review the candidates: Clarissa, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The…

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…

Why does anyone drink wine?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

You will be scandalised by the suggestion, of course, especially those of you who spend several hours every week drinking…

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 Spectator’s Notes

23 March 2013 9:00 am

There is supposed to be a Leveson Part II, although everyone has forgotten about it. As well as telling him…

The tastes of temptation

2 March 2013 9:00 am

There ought to be a wise adage: ‘If invited to do good works, always procrastinate. A better offer is bound…

Success problem

30 June 2011 12:00 am

Another great Bordeaux vintage on the cards? Peter Grogan examines the unexpected problems created by never-ending success

Rage against the tagine: Supermarket swipe

7 April 2011 12:00 am

Wine is one of life’s great joys – so why, asks Jason Yapp, do major retailers do such a dismal job of flogging it?

Hit and miss

7 April 2011 12:00 am

A little knowledge can be little help when faced with an endless, over-elaborate or pedantic wine list. Natasha Hughes offers a few navigation tips

Savouring the mystique

9 December 2009 12:00 am

I have never met Roger Scruton, though I would like to; wine fans are slightly obsessional and enjoy clustering together, like trainspotters, though tasting rooms are more welcoming than the end of a platform at Crewe.