World Malbec Day

In honour of World Malbec Day today, our wine guru Henry Jeffreys has been pondering Anglo-Argentine relations... I think any animosity from the Argies towards us British can be explained because they feel rejected by us. No country outside the Empire was as pro-British as Argentina. You only have to look at ... Read More...

In praise of Australian wines

Having successfully defended blended whiskies, Henry turns his attention another enemy of certain drink snobs: Aussie wines... A couple of years ago before I was an enormously well-respected wine writer with my own column in a prestigious magazine, I replied to something written by Tim Atkin on which wine region or ... Read More...

In praise of blended whisky

Single malt fans who turn their noses up at blended whiskies are missing out, argues Henry... When one reads about whisky it is invariably single malts that get all the attention. Whisky writers go into raptures at the latest ultra-peaty monsters from Ardbeg or Laphroaig. Malts like these are drinks that ... Read More...

The Pleasure of Wine

Wine is the ultimate recession-proof leisure pursuit, argues Henry Jeffreys. Not least because it contains alchohol... A wine merchant opened up near my flat in East London about three years ago just as the recession was taking off and people were losing their jobs. They didn’t offer much below £10 a ... Read More...

That would be an ecumenical matter

Henry provides a very handy catch-all phrase for when discussing wine with people who know more about it than you do... From watching Father Ted, we all know that in a religious discussion you can’t go wrong by saying: ‘that would be an ecumenical matter.’ That way you will always sound like ... Read More...

Roger Scruton on wine – an interview

The Dabbler's drinks correspondent Henry Jeffreys talks to the philosopher and columnist Roger Scruton about all matters wine-related... For many years Roger Scruton wrote a column for the New Statesman. It was ostensibly about wine but in reality it smuggled subversive views about the family, religion and hunting into a left ... Read More...

Old wines

In which Henry uncovers a hoard of very old wine, and does some impromptu blending... About ten years ago a friend of mine inherited a country pile from a misanthropic great uncle. The place was a bit neglected so he planned to sell off some of the accumulated loot in order ... Read More...

Frasier Crane’s favourite sherry

Frasier and Niles were always guzzling some presumably upmarket tipple in the famous sitcom. But what exactly were they drinking? Henry can reveal the shocking truth... The sherry marketing board should have made more of the Crane brothers’ love of sherry. In every episode of the long-running sitcom Frasier there they ... Read More...