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).

Beyond Badoit: a look a Japanese wine

This is something I wrote for Kanpai! last year on Japanese wine. It’s Suntory’s magazine but it’s not boringly on-brand. Worth a read if you see a copy.  I was on my way to the annual Koshu wine event last … Continue reading

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We’re going down the pub!

As English pubs open today, 4 July, I thought it as good a time as any to try to put into words why I love certain pubs and fear for their future. Perhaps my proudest moment as a father was … Continue reading

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What next for English wine?

It’s English Wine Week so as good a time as any to post this thing that I wrote for the Observer earlier this year for an advertorial spot sponsored by Tesco. Don’t let that put you off, as they pretty … Continue reading

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Booze interview: Peter Stafford-Bow

Today on the blog I’m delighted to have mysterious author Peter Stafford-Bow, author of a series of comic novels set within the wine business featuring Felix Hart. The latest, Firing Blancs, has just come out. Firing Blancs, what a good … Continue reading

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5 things I’ve learnt from 10 years in drink

I’ve been writing this blog on and off for ten years, so I’ve now got a decade’s worth of experience as a drinks writer to share with you, dear reader. I’ve witnessed the rise of natural wine, I’ve seen the … Continue reading

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Budget bargains from the Wine Society part two

It’s back by popular demand, my round-up of the best budget wines from the Wine Society. This time I’m looking at whites and sherry.  Apologies for the delay since the reds post, the Society warehouse closed down for a bit … Continue reading

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Old wines with the old folks

A few years ago a friend introduced me to a mutual friend thinking we’d get on because of our shared love of wine. We met for dinner to which this mutual brought some superlative Burgundy but sadly I couldn’t stand … Continue reading

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Wine merchants – the fourth emergency service

Here’s a little post highlighting a couple of local Kent wine merchants who are pivoting, sorry, adapting, to the new circumstances plus a cracking offer for German wine lovers. Something cheered me up on Wednesday immensely. I ran into Fabio … Continue reading

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Felix Nash, ciderman at your service

There has been a clamouring for a follow-up to my last post on bargain reds at the Wine Society. Well, perhaps not a clamouring, but at least two people have asked for some whites. Sadly, the Society has stopped trading … Continue reading

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Budget bargains from the Wine Society part one

I’ve been a member of the Wine Society for so long that I faxed my very first order which seems bananas to even contemplate now. Though I like to think that there’s a colonel in deepest Worcestershire who stills faxes … Continue reading

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