20 years ago the French held almost a monopoly on the wine we drank - but now all that has changed as wine producers from the New World have introduced a stunning range of good value, delicious wines. Simon Hoggart has been wine correspondent of the UK's Spectator magazine since 2001 and runs the Spectator Wine Club - in the past seven years the magazine's readers have spent several million pounds buying his selections. He never writes for the wine expert, always for the enthusiastic layman, and his infectious pleasure in finding a delicious, reasonably priced bottle is one reason for the club's success. Hoggart's Hundred is a highly eclectic and personal selection aimed at the regular wine drinker who is occasionally prepared to spend a little bit more than supermarket prices to get something really good - perhaps for a special occasion. But in these belt-tightening times his main concern is to cheer us all up and recommend some wines that will give the drinker pleasure. His choice is exciting, sometimes surprising, but invariably good value.
Simon Hoggart is wine correspondent for the Spectator and has been running the magazine's wine club since 2001. Since then, readers of the Spectator have spent millions of pounds on his wine offers. He is a frequent broadcaster on vinous topics. He is also parliamentary sketch-writer and weekly columnist for The Guardian and author of 16 books - written when he could find the time between searching for great wines - on many and varied subjects that have attracted his sharp focus and sardonic wit. But this is his first book on his greatest love - wine. Author Location: London