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

Literary symposia from classical Athens to Muriel Spark

The Romans had a tendency towards alarming additives in their drinks

Why doesn’t the fabled Italian wine praised by Petrarch pass muster today?

The political implications of prosecco versus a pint

The cento is a sophisticated and demanding poetic form — and best suited to schoolboyish ends

Was Marvell’s muse privately encouraged by drink?

Horace, the great poet of wine

The effervescent poetry of Herrick’s hangovers

Walter Scott had a poor head for drink but quaffed it in quantities