Through A Glass Lightly

A vintage volume of wine essays is worth savouring

David Garrick, Wine Merchant

The actor's brief career as a wine dealer was a dismal failure, but something of this former way of life stayed with him

Befuddled Ambition

How drunken disorientation propels Bel Ami's protagonist to self-advancement

Sipping At The Symposium

Literary symposia from classical Athens to Muriel Spark

Drink In A Cold Climate

The law has changed its view of drunkenness greatly over time and from nation to nation

Ape And Grape

The drinking habits — and political inclinations — of the orang-utan

Veni, Vidi, Vinum

The Romans had a tendency towards alarming additives in their drinks

Grape Vs. Weed

Why Baudelaire preferred the healing effects of wine to the despondency of hashish

A Few Glasses Of Sheridan

The playwright Sheridan had a prodigious fondness for drink, even by the standards of his hard-drinking age

Sacramental Liquid

Drink, in Robert Louis Stevenson's works, both reveals and debases

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"