Jonathan Ray

How mead became cool again

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The last time I drank mead was 7 April 1978. It was my 18th birthday and —unforgettably — it was…

Will Kent conquer Champagne?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Driving home through Kent the other day, I was struck by how much the topography has changed. When I was…

Preparations are already under way

Introducing the first Spectator readers’ cruise

11 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s a complete recipe for disaster of course. By which I mean being trapped at sea with The Spectator’s ‘Low…

October Wine Vaults

18 October 2014 9:00 am

It’s back to basics this week and pretty darn delicious basics at that. Corney & Barrow’s house selection has an…

Spectator Wine Vaults

31 May 2014 9:00 am

There are mixed views — to put it mildly — concerning the quality of the 2013 Bordeaux vintage. It’s not…

April Wine Club

19 April 2014 9:00 am

For many years, Languedoc-Roussillon was a byword for lousy wine. The region was infamous for producing vast amounts of grim…

March Wine Club

22 March 2014 9:00 am

When I worked at Berry Bros & Rudd 20 years ago, I had a wonderfully eccentric customer who liked to…

March Wine Club – FromVineyardsDirect

8 March 2014 9:00 am

What I most admire about FromVineyardsDirect (apart from the quality and quirkiness of their wines and the ease of ordering)…

The Marche

15 February 2014 9:00 am

When I first visited the Marche a dozen years ago, folk who knew about such things tapped their noses and…

Havana - a party girl of a city

4 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s not just the mojitos that make your head spin in Havana, writes Jonathan Ray