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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

The tastes of summer: polo, Pimm's and plenty of Champagne

England. On a glorious summer afternoon in the Sussex countryside, I had been invited to watch polo at Cowdray Park,…

20 Jul 2019

A toast to the wisdom – and wit – of Norman Stone

We were in a club, discussing Norman Stone, recently departed, over a meal that he would have enjoyed. Norman divided…

6 Jul 2019

Ian Botham's Ozzie Chardonnay is too good for the convicts

Cricket is the most gracious of games. County grounds in the lee of cathedrals, village greens in the perfect setting…

22 Jun 2019

In an era of illusion and fantasy, let the wine do the talking

We had all said everything there was to say about Brexit a hundred times over. So the conversation took different…

8 Jun 2019

Debunking the Greek wine myth

A book, a bottle, a bower set in an ancient garden: you think that if you walked round the right…

25 May 2019

Save us from fads and change for change’s sake

There is no new thing under the sun. Over the weekend, I read a book which was alarmingly relevant to…

11 May 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…