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Our seven merchant partners represent the cream of the UK’s independents, boasting an astonishing 950 years’ experience between them.


It works like this: Jonathan Ray tastes a range of twenty plus wines, whittles them down to six and then we offer them to our readers every fortnight at a discount.


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Drink with Bruce Anderson

How gin escaped from Gin Lane

In the mid-18th century, London was awash with gin. Socially-conscious members of the bourgeoisie believed that this was the root…

8 Feb 2020

A toast to Roger Scruton

In clubs and other admirable locations throughout the civilised world, glasses have been raised and toasts proposed. But this was…

25 Jan 2020

My recipe to cure a hangover

Journalists exaggerate, often reaching for superlatives to chronicle mildly interesting events. Even so, there are times when it is necessary…

11 Jan 2020

Christmas without God in the Appalachians

Christmas: without being grand and Proustian, this is a season when time present inevitably takes one back to time past.…

21 Dec 2019

Politics of a certain vintage – and wine to match

I wonder how they do things now at Tory headquarters. For the ’79 election, the preparations had been completed weeks…

7 Dec 2019

Wine that puts politics in its place

In the era of vinyl, lost in one of Bruckner’s longueurs, it could be hard to tell what was stuck,…

23 Nov 2019
Jonathan Ray

Jonathan Ray reviews our recent Spectator Winemaker’s lunch with Nicolas Bureau of Glenelly Estate

The lunch sold out almost the minute it was advertised and it was an expectant and – let’s be frank…

Clays, Claret and Cognac Cruise 2019 review

Well, that’s a sight that will live with me for a long time, that of our esteemed business editor, Martin…

Spectator Winemaker’s Lunch with Pol Roger review

Jonathan Ray reviews our recent Spectator Winemaker’s lunch with James Simpson MW of Champagne Pol Roger As readers well know,…

Château Beauchêne lunch review

Jonathan Ray reviews our recent Spectator Winemaker’s lunch with Amandine Bernard of Ch. Beauchêne Our most recent Winemaker Lunch was…