Category Archives: Wine articles

So. Much. Gin

Samuel Coleridge wouldn’t have stood a chance these days. Every time my wife settles down to write the novel that will lift us out of lower middle-class penury, the doorbell rings. These latter days men from Porlock are couriers bearing … Continue reading

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Serendipity and the joys of old rioja

There are days when becoming a wine bore seems the best decision I ever made. One such time was last Saturday. My father had been to the local auction house and bought a job lot of old wine for £50. There were two … Continue reading

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The spirit that united Scotland

This is a longer (and I think better) version of an article that appeared in Saturday’s Guardian: In 2008 CEO of Diageo, Paul Walsh, referred disparagingly to how Scotch was marketed through ‘bagpipes, heather and tartan’. His point was that … Continue reading

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Oporto!

I’ve just written something for the Spectator on Oporto. I was there to research my book as a guest of Sandeman port. At the time my daughter had chicken pox and I kept on getting messages from my wife saying … Continue reading

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Miles Morland’s World of Booze

I am delighted to have Miles Morland as a guest on World of Booze. Miles has led at least five different lives: privileged child of empire, banker, bestselling writer, adventurer, and philanthropist. Yet despite all this experience, he doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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Ivy League cocktails

I’ve been doing some serious research for my latest Guardian column. It’s on cocktails made with fortified wine. I did so much research that I feel a bit bleary this morning. No matter, I can pretend it’s work. This is what … Continue reading

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The British invented Bourbon

Of course they didn’t. But I noticed that after publishing an article in the Guardian looking at the British roots of whiskey (note e) in America, someone on twitter accused the goddamned Limeys of trying to take credit for an … Continue reading

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