Monthly Archives: January 2015

Skin Contact – LIVE for one night only

For my first job in publishing, I worked as an assistant for a woman who really should have been a Blue Peter presenter. She was never happier than when cutting up bits of card to make into elaborate press releases … Continue reading

Posted in Film and TV, Wine articles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I love Australia!

Originally posted on Henry's World of Booze:
A couple of years ago before I was an enormously well-respected wine writer with my own column in a prestigious magazine, I replied to something written by Tim Atkin on which wine…

Posted in Wine articles | Leave a comment

The Provisional Wing of the Amersham Scottish Association

This is my latest Empire of Drink column for the Guardian. To listen to whilst you read is Kenneth McKellar singing A Gordon for Me, a song my mother would sing to us in the car on the long drive up to … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Spirits | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How I made a (very) small fortune in wine speculation

Originally posted on Henry's World of Booze:
I decided to squander/ invest the last of my redundancy money on some En Primeur Bordeaux. I know that makes me sound like a former Goldman Sachs employee splashing out on a…

Posted in Wine articles | Tagged | 1 Comment

Two takes on Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

My latest Guardian column is on Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. After writing it, I noticed how similar the opening was to an old article from my former East Asian correspondent, Victor Crabbe. I wonder what happened to him. Anyway, it … Continue reading

Posted in Beer | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I appreciate wine; you like a drink; he is an alcoholic

Here’s something I wrote for Tim Atkin on Dranuary or whatever it’s called. Oh and while I’m here, my very funny friend Worm has come up with these themed months for 2015 to compete with Movember, Stoptober etc: Manuary Plebuary Parch … Continue reading

Posted in Wine articles | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Goodbye Pompous Chair, hello Guardian

Yesterday I threw out a favourite old chair that had become rather decrepit. My wife calls it my pompous chair. It used to belong to an aunt who worked in the antiques trade so had a good eye for furniture … Continue reading

Posted in Film and TV, Spirits | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments