Monthly Archives: March 2016

Introducing . . . . the Martoni

I’m not bragging so don’t put me down but I’ve just invented a game-changing new cocktail. All you mixologists out there better give up and go home. Basically it’s a martini crossed with a negroni. I call it the Martoni. Imagine … Continue reading

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This sherry costs how much??!!

I’ve long felt like a prophet crying in the wilderness so it’s good sometimes to be proved right rather than just be that strange man crying on the heath. In my first post for this blog I wrote: “People will … Continue reading

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How will Brexit affect Bordeaux

This is something I wrote for Berry Bros & Rudd: For a certain kind of wine lover, usually British, Claret is red wine. At the moment though, the wines of Bordeaux are decidedly unfashionable. Bordeaux bashing is a popular sport … Continue reading

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The Armenian wine revolution

This is an extract from an article I wrote for Food & Wine magazine: I tried a wine last month that stopped me in my tracks. It was a red aged in amphorae, traditional clay jars, from Armenia. I know … Continue reading

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Booze interview: Roger Scruton

Originally posted on Henry Jeffreys:
Introducing a new occasional series – interviews with writers about their drinking habits. For my first guest I am honoured to have philosopher Roger Scruton. For many years Scruton wrote a column for the New…

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Bergerac and prejudice

There’s a lot of advice for writers out there: write what you know; write what you don’t know. My best bit of advice apart from don’t, get a job in the City or become a plumber instead, is develop your … Continue reading

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