Monthly Archives: August 2015

So. Much. Gin

Samuel Coleridge wouldn’t have stood a chance these days. Every time my wife settles down to write the novel that will lift us out of lower middle-class penury, the doorbell rings. These latter days men from Porlock are couriers bearing … Continue reading

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Serendipity and the joys of old rioja

There are days when becoming a wine bore seems the best decision I ever made. One such time was last Saturday. My father had been to the local auction house and bought a job lot of old wine for £50. There were two … Continue reading

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The spirit that united Scotland

This is a longer (and I think better) version of an article that appeared in Saturday’s Guardian: In 2008 CEO of Diageo, Paul Walsh, referred disparagingly to how Scotch was marketed through ‘bagpipes, heather and tartan’. His point was that … Continue reading

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Oporto!

I’ve just written something for the Spectator on Oporto. I was there to research my book as a guest of Sandeman port. At the time my daughter had chicken pox and I kept on getting messages from my wife saying … Continue reading

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Miles Morland’s World of Booze

I am delighted to have Miles Morland as a guest on World of Booze. Miles has led at least five different lives: privileged child of empire, banker, bestselling writer, adventurer, and philanthropist. Yet despite all this experience, he doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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