Plus ça change

From new technology to the impact of climate change, author, journalist and fine wine specialist Will Lyons takes a view on what lies ahead in the wine world “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there,” reads the famous opening of LP Hartley’s evocative novel The Go-Between, in which the narrator, returning […]

Talking wine and war with Andrew Roberts

Ahead of tomorrow’s dinner with Andrew Roberts, Will Lyons sits down with the historian to talk about the way two of history’s most famous figures used wine to their political advantage Like many first steps along the wine route, Professor Andrew Roberts began his vinous journey as an undergraduate. The historian and author of acclaimed […]

Shop talk: bulldozers and Brunello

Will Lyons talks wine with Alexander McCall Smith – author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, an old friend and a new client, considering the bond that is formed over bottles. It was a particularly frustrating experience with a car rental at Rome airport that finally persuaded Alexander McCall Smith to pen his latest […]

Sideways: the Play

Rex Pickett brings the stage version of his wine-infused comic novel to London: can Sideways: the Play match the magic of the film? Will Lyons takes a glass of Merlot and finds out. “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I’m not drinking any ****ing Merlot.” As Miles utters these words in the latest stage version […]