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December/January 2016/17
A vintage volume of wine essays is worth savouring
 
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November 2016
The actor's brief career as a wine dealer was a dismal failure, but something of this former way of life stayed with him
 
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October 2016
How drunken disorientation propels Bel Ami's protagonist to self-advancement
 
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September 2016
Literary symposia from classical Athens to Muriel Spark
 
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July/August 2016
The law has changed its view of drunkenness greatly over time and from nation to nation
 
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June 2016
The drinking habits — and political inclinations — of the orang-utan
 
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May 2016
The Romans had a tendency towards alarming additives in their drinks
 
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April 2016
Why Baudelaire preferred the healing effects of wine to the despondency of hashish
 
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March 2016
The playwright Sheridan had a prodigious fondness for drink, even by the standards of his hard-drinking age
 
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January/February 2016
Drink, in Robert Louis Stevenson's works, both reveals and debases
 
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December 2015
Doctors throughout history have recommended wine for good health
 
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November 2015
The pitfalls of addressing the House of Commons while seriously inebriated
 
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October 2015
The wine region in the 18th century was a cornucopia of delights but still recognisable as the Burgundy of today
 
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September 2015
Why doesn't the fabled Italian wine praised by Petrarch pass muster today?
 
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July/August 2015
The political implications of prosecco versus a pint
 
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June 2015
The cento is a sophisticated and demanding poetic form — and best suited to schoolboyish ends
 
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May 2015
Following Samuel Butler's footsteps in New Zealand
 
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March 2015
Horace, the great poet of wine
 
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January/February 2015
The effervescent poetry of Herrick's hangovers
 
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December 2014
Walter Scott had a poor head for drink but quaffed it in quantities
 
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November 2014
Supping with the autumnal god Bacchus
 
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October 2014
 
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September 2014
The spumante that lured Caesar
 
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July/August 2014
The liquid lunches of Dr Johnson's circle
 
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June 2014
Erasmus saw drunkenness as divine ecstasy
 
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May 2014
The unscrupulous adulteration of wines has a long history
 
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April 2014
 
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March 2014
The taciturn John Locke's unexpected love of Château Haut-Brion
 
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January/February 2014
Plato attempted to divorce wine-drinking and pleasure and to conscript wine to “worthy” purposes. Thank goodness no one listened to him
 
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December 2013

Boswell fastidiously kept records of his drinking, and they reveal him to be an imbiber for all ages

 
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November 2013
For Ovid, business and occupation are the enemies of Cupid, but wine "prepares the heart for love"
 
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October 2013
Drowning your cares with a glass of rich, sweet wine with rosy-cheeked nuns? In the world of Belgian novelist Georges Rochenbach, it marks the loss of innocence
 
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September 2013
Twenty-stone Ben Jonson was a big man with a big appetite for drink; drink that transformed both his life and work
 
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July/August 2013
The great man of letters Charles Lamb was naturally shy — wine allowed him to shine on conversation. Sometimes, though, he would overindulge
 
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June 2013
The writer and critic who inspired this column, George Saintsbury, lived for pleasure: reading, women and, of course, fine wine
 
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May 2013
Edgar Allen Poe may have drunk himself to death but his tastes reveal a staggering ignorance about alcohol
 
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April 2013
Revisiting Brideshead, we see that wine ministers to the sense of being as do few other things
 
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March 2013
A history of convivial symposia or drinking parties is rare. but one archival document opens a window on a past scene of drinking
 
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January/February 2013
Jacob Tonson the Elder published Milton and found paradise in his very own English vineyard
 
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December 2012
In David Copperfield, wine both entices and endangers and its dubious charms weren't lost on Dickens himself
 
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November 2012
For Henry James, the Medoc was as much a moral and emotional wine-growing locale as it a physical place
 
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October 2012
Shakespeare's Falstaff — suspicious of the "sober-blooded" — is veritably rhapsodic about the empowering virtues of Andalusian sherry
 
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September 2012
The mercurial brat pack writer is at his heady best — and most revealing — in his collected works on wine
 
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July/August 2012
Bordeaux was more than a drink for Baudelaire. It served as a potion which could multiply individuality
 
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June 2012
Keats was clearly intoxicated by claret, which may explain why his poetry about wine is rather inaccurate
 
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May 2012
A master of drinking scenes, Shakespeare brilliantly articulates the ambivalence of wine — Cassio's devil and Iago's instrument — throughout Othello
 
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April 2012
John Adams's taste for dry — not sweet — champagne exemplified the changing palettes of the English upper classes
 
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March 2012
The terminology of modern wine-tasting is fussily analytical. Maybe it's worth heeding our sensory impressions, a la Sancho Panza
 
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January/February 2012
For Jonathan Swift, a medicinal hogshead was the perfect measure of wine
 
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December 2011
Decadent and consoling by turns, Massic was the poet Horace's aide-mémoire
 
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November 2011
Emile Zola's novel L'Assomoir is enough to turn even the hardened drinker temporarily tee-total
 
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October 2011
John Gay's poem, "Wine" is not a burlesque, as Dr Johnson proclaimed it, but a sophisticated tribute to Milton's "Paradise Lost"
 
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September 2011
The cheap 1980s plonks immortalised by Harold Pinter are making a welcome comeback
 
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July/August 2011
The great man of letters was better at holding a debate than his drink
 
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June 2011
Flaubert's L'education Sentimentale is full of moral dilemmas, punctuated by fine wines
 
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May 2011
Geoffrey Madan was a noted belletrist and collector of aphorisms. But he also beat Cys Asquith in a Benedictine drinking bout
 
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April 2011
J.K. Huysmans's high priest of decadence Des Esseintes had a penchant for gothic grub. But which vintages would best match a stygian supper?
 
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March 2011
New columnist Saintsbury relates the tale of Christmas Eve in Jane Austen's Emma — but which wine did Mr Elton employ in his quest to warm the heroine's heart?
 
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