Waugh On Wine
by Auberon Waugh,
with illustrations by William Rushton
( Quartet Books, £10)
Settle into a comfy chair, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy this entertaining collection of former Spectator wine critic Auberon Waugh’s writings ( first published in 1987), which sparkles with his legendary wit.
On pink champagne ( a personal favourite of mine), he writes, ‘ there is something Barbara Cartlandish about returning to this great Edwardian favourite. Perhaps it cannot compare, in delicacy or subtlety, to the very best white champagne, but how many of us ever drink the very best ? ’
Pink fizz is much more ‘festive’ to look at. Waugh admonishes:
‘ Hosts that skimp on their wine should be exposed, ridiculed and humiliated’ and ‘ anyone with money to spend should spend it on laying down a cellar. ’
Wise words indeed. Unputdownable, although a little dated, this is a must for wine-lovers.
Review that appeared in The Lady Magazine last Friday which gave the book four stars.