Category Archives: Wine articles

The ultimate Bouef Bourgignon

How good does a wine have to be to cook with? I remember talking to a wine writer a few years ago and he went to a very posh restaurant in Paris. He ordered a dish that came with a … Continue reading

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Tokaji – the wine that nearly died

Tokaji is the legendary wine that nearly passed into myth. It was once so highly prized that the Czar of Russia kept a detachments of soldiers in Hungary purely to bring the latest vintage safely back to St Petersburg. But … Continue reading

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Budget Christmas drinks

This originally appeared in the Spectator: This summer in Spain, I had a complete break from worrying about what to drink. We just found a nice Galician wine at the local Lidl for 4 euros and stuck to that for … Continue reading

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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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