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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

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

Reasons to be cheerful: gardens, Ben Stokes and cold wine

‘The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.’ Is there a more charming passage in…

31 Aug 2019

Like Team Boris, I’m staying in London this summer

Foolish me. I could have been writing this by the shore of Lake Trasimene, with only one problem: how to…

17 Aug 2019

A wine of Boris’s vintage

My host twinkled sardonically. ‘We’re bound to be discussing Boris. So what’s the right wine?’ I suggested a bunker-busting Australian…

3 Aug 2019
Jonathan Ray

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…

An evening with Glenmorangie

We had quite a coup the other day when Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling at Glenmorangie (and also, incidentally,…

Glorious Clarets in Large Formats, Ideal for Christmas

You will have read, I’m sure, our Low Life correspondent’s account of the recent Spectator claret and clay pigeon shoot…