Category Archives: Wine articles

Why I write about wine (apart from the free wine)

I found this introduction that I wrote when I became Lady wine critic in 2011 (I was fired in 2015). It still holds up for why I write about wine though I did break my own promises many many types … Continue reading

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Lebanon

Some photos from recent trip to Beirut and Bekaa valley Fabrice Guiberteau, winemaker at Kefraya next to Roman burial chamber Pot still at Domaine des Tourelles made in Aleppo some time in the 19th century and Faouzi Issa from the … Continue reading

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Hope & foreboding in Turkey

It doesn’t seem too long ago that Turkey looked like the future. It had a booming economy and, moreover, a popular government that seemed to be able to combine Islam with tolerance, democracy and a broadly liberal outlook. It looked … Continue reading

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There’s something oddly egalitarian about champagne

This article originally appeared in the Spectator The British are notoriously cheap when it comes to wine; the average bottle price is around £6. On one wine, however, we’re happy to spend five times that: champagne. We love champagne, and … Continue reading

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Did Jesus drink wine?

This article appeared originally in the Oldie magazine. Did Jesus drink wine? You’d think the answer would be a resounding hell yes! Just think of the Wedding at Cana or the Last Supper. Then there’s Holy Communion; wine plays a … Continue reading

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Empire of Booze Nooze

I have a book coming out on 3rd November. I am not sure if I have mentioned it. It’s called Empire Of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass. You can order a copy by clicking on the … Continue reading

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Did King Arthur’s father sell dodgy wine?

On holiday I watched Monty Python’s Holy Grail for the first time in years. Unlike most of their stuff, it’s actually still very funny. Whilst watching the taunting Frenchman bit below, I had a bit of an epiphany. Elderberries were … Continue reading

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