Author Archives: Henry

About Henry

I’m a drinks writer. My day job is features editor at the Master of Malt blog. I also contribute to BBC Good Food, the Spectator and others. You can read some of my work here. I’ve done a bit of radio, given some talks and written a couple of books (Empire of Booze, The Home Bar and the forthcoming Cocktail Dictionary).

Every town needs a brewery

This is something I wrote for issue three of an excellent new drinks magazine called Tonic. I’d highly recommend subscribing and they are offering a 20% discount for new subscribers with the code HWOB20. Go to Tonic’s website. There are … Continue reading

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Getting to know my father through wine

With Father’s Day coming up, I thought I’d post this thing I wrote a while back. Originally it was meant to run in Noble Rot magazine but was rejected for not being irreverent enough. For years afterwards I used to … Continue reading

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Garage find: Ayala Extra Dry Chateau d’Ay 1975

My parents have a lot of random bottles in their garage: dusty cassis brought back from France in the ’80s, unwanted California rose brought as a gift, and very old German wines bought from Majestic in the 00s. These bottles … Continue reading

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News from World of Booze

Here’s a little update about what I’ve been up to recently: Fortnum & Mason awards I’ve been shortlisted for best drink writer at the Fortnum & Mason awards for something I wrote for this blog on my Uncle Peter and … Continue reading

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Lunch at Langoa Barton

This is something I wrote for the Spectator on the recent death at 91 of Irishman in Bordeaux, Anthony Barton. In 2014 I received a mystery phone call. It came from a French number but the voice sounded like a … Continue reading

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The Anglophone families of wine

With the sad news of Anthony Barton’s death this week, I’m posting something I wrote a few years ago for the Wine Society on the old Anglophone families who used to dominate the wine trade in Bordeaux, Oporto, Jerez, Madeira … Continue reading

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How to drink less at Christmas

Now that our betters have decreed that we will be allowed to see relatives this Christmas, I thought it a good idea to publish my guide to surviving the festive season without excessive drunkenness. I used to approach the Christmas … Continue reading

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Become a wine connoisseur on the cheap

This is something I wrote for The Fence’s newsletter. A friend described this new magazine like this: “The Fence seems a new and rare original voice in the magazine world, it’s good nature and high spirits rather reminiscent of Spy … Continue reading

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Say no to rondo and other thoughts on English wine

When visiting large trade tastings, it’s always good to go with a plan. Otherwise you’ll find yourself floundering about, tasting old favourites, and leave feeling tired and emotional. It was particularly tricky at the WineGB tasting at the Lindley Hall … Continue reading

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Booze interview with Victoria Moore

Today, I am delighted to have one of my favourite drinks writers on the blog: Victoria Moore, the Daily Telegraph’s wine columnist and author of a new book on wine and food called Fried Eggs and Rioja There are wine … Continue reading

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