Category Archives: Books

The heyday of wine publishing

I have a bit of thing about old wine books. I can’t resist picking them up no matter how rubbish they might look. My latest acquisition from  Oxfam is called Supernosh by Anthony Worrall-Thompson and Malcolm Gluck. It features the authors on … Continue reading

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The World’s Shortest Wine Book

I’ve just written an essay on the state of wine book publishing. In it I come to the game-changing (my current favourite journalist cliche) conclusion that the future of wine book lies outside mainstream publishing. One book I should have … Continue reading

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A Question of Loyalties by Allan Massie

I hope readers don’t mind me posting another non-wine related thing. It’s much harder to write a good review than a bad one. I think some enterprising publication should launch a counterpart to the Hatchet Job award, perhaps the Comfy … Continue reading

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Booze book round-up for the Guardian

This is the uncut version of an article that appeared in the Guardian on Saturday: Oddbins stocked a wine in the late 90s called Kiwi Cuvee. It was a Sauvignon Blanc from the South France designed to taste as if … Continue reading

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Drunken cookery competition

One of my favourite ways of spending a rainy weekend is to cook a time-consuming though not particularly complicated dish whilst slowly getting drunk. Something like a Bouef Bourgignon with one bottle of wine for the dish and one for … Continue reading

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Hugh Johnson: A Life Uncorked

Last year I was briefly a wine merchant. I imported a few cases of Hungarian wine to sell to friends. One of my worries about this business venture was how  it would look  for a wine writer to be involved with … Continue reading

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Yapping on

Craig Brown wrote recently in the Mail on Sunday how the the biggest influence on contemporary British writers was in fact Ronnie Corbett: “A surprising number of recent books seem to have fallen under the influence of Corbett’s capacity for the … Continue reading

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The Bluffer’s Guide to Wine

‘Tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can’t compensate for lack of sun’                              The Kinks, Autumn Almanac Perhaps tea and buns can’t help us through the winter but … Continue reading

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The Breakfast Bible

In 2005 a meeting was held somewhere in Kentish Town or perhaps Peckham that would reverberate down the ages. The meeting was chaired by a shadowy figure known only as Malcolm Eggs. His aim was to fight mediocre breakfasts within the … Continue reading

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Pass me the cooking Barolo

My wife* is reading a book called Angelina’s Bachelors by Brian O’ Reilly. It’s billed as ‘a novel with food’ because it contains recipes by his wife or maybe mother, Virginia O’ Reilly. One in particular caught my eye, ‘Gorgonzola Beef … Continue reading

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