Harry Eyres Country Life's wine critic Harry Eyres is a writer, journalist and poet who has written several books about wine and has contributed to publications including The Times, Harpers & Queen and The Spectator. The independent London wine merchants who manage to undercut the big names These independent merchants offer intriguing wines and old-fashioned service, says Harry Eyres. English Bacchus: How the 'English Sauvigon Blanc' is genuinely starting to live up to its billing The winemakers of England and Wales have worked wonders with the incredible grape crop from the hot summer of 2018, as Harry Eyres explains. Barbaresco, the wine which makes you 'more and more fascinated by its nuances' as you persevere Get the hang of the smoke-and-roses delights of Barbaresco and you’ll never look back, believes Harry Eyres. Why you should be drinking Rioja, the Spanish answer to Bordeaux There is quality to be found at remarkably reasonable prices, discovers Harry Eyres Why you should be giving sweet wines another chance and the ones to try when you do Sauternes and its kin are too delicious to be left to languish, urges Harry Eyres. A cold, damp week in August? Then it's time to reach for the sherry, Port or Madeira When it's pouring with rain and the damp chills you to the bone, forget what month the calendar says — just reach for the fortified wine, says Harry Eyres. Why we should be turning to sunny Greece for our summer wines Some particularly attractive Greek wines deserve our attention, states Harry Eyres. Are we living in the golden age of Champagne? Our regular wine columnist Harry Eyres rounds up the best of a miracle decade and tells us why we should be drinking vintage bubbles. 2018 Bordeaux: How weather from ‘hell and paradise’ has produced Claret that's truly exceptional Winter snowfall, springtime mildew, hail and the hottest, driest summer in generations have conspired to make 2018 Bordeaux something you must absolutely snap up, explains Harry Eyres.