Author Archives: Henry

About Henry

I am a freelance writer who has written about books, drinks and food - often all three at once - for various publications including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Spectator Time Out, thefirstpost.co.uk, momondo.com, thedabbler.co.uk, Foxed Quarterly and Quintessentially magazine. I have no formal wine training though I did work for two years at Oddbins.

Lemon Icebox Pie

Originally posted on Chagrinnamon Toast:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZw2t5bxmO0 It’s no secret some of my family can be described as country.  Some have owned trailers;  others homes in Appalachia with dirt floors.  Many own guns.  Many love 4 wheelers and most have driven at least 60…

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More madness from Penfold’s

This is a follow-up to a post from last year on the incomprehensible tasting notes produced by the marketing team at Penfold’s. I am pleased to say that they are still at it. Here’s one for their 2012 Bin 2 … Continue reading

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Fortnum and Mason awards – now it’s really serious

I hope readers don’t mind me blowing my own trumpet a little. I’ve just been shortlisted for best drink writer at the Fortnum and Mason awards. It’s particularly gratifying when you see the other people on the shortlist, there’s Nina … Continue reading

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Spectator article on wine and my father

Many men really can only communicate through sport. It provides a ritualised way to argue, to become passionate and to bond without having to talk about awkward things such as feelings. This is never truer than of father-and-son relationships. But my … Continue reading

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Is it meant to taste like that?

‘Is it meant to taste like that?’ I was a bit drunk at a wine tasting the other day, actually I could start everything I write with those words, I spend my life a bit drunk at wine tastings. Anyway … Continue reading

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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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In praise of of the long lunch

If any man deserved the epithet, a legend in his own lunchtime, it was Keith Waterhouse. You probably remember him for his plays Billy Liar, made into a film with Julie Christie and Tom Courtenay, and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell … Continue reading

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Crowd sauce!

Well it might finally be happening. I might be writing a book, well actually I am writing a book, it just now might be published. I originally called this blog World of Booze so that it would complement by nascent book, … 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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