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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

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

The delights of Spanish wine – and art

First, an apology. In my last column, I appeared to be saying that good champagne does not age. This must…

9 Nov 2019

The finest champagnes do not age

The other night, I dreamt about Brexit. Awakening to the oppression of an urgent task, it took me a few…

26 Oct 2019

A vintage tale of Thatcher, Reagan and some truly great wines

Poor Old Girl. The final act may not have been sanglante, but as the third volume of Charles Moore’s life…

12 Oct 2019

There is always time for a bottle of Champagne

My friend Dominic decided that it was time to convoke a lunch. There were matters to discuss, including that perennial…

28 Sep 2019

Claret, dogs and nothing to grouse about

What do you get if you cross a dyslexic, an insomniac and an agnostic? Someone who wakes up at 4…

14 Sep 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…