Harry Eyres

Harry Eyres has become one of the most eloquent advocates of the worldwide Slow movement. Having worked for leading newspapers and magazines as a theater critic, wine writer, and poetry editor, in 2004 he created the Slow Lane column in FT Weekend. Promoting the thoughtful enjoyment of the often uncostly and uncostable pleasures and values that make life worth living, Slow Lane ran until 2015. He has published a volume of poetry, Hotel Eliseo (Hearing Eye), and gives regular poetry readings. Eyres is also the author of The Beginner’s Guide to Plato’s The Republic (Hodder & Stoughton), the memoir Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (Bloomsbury; shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize in 2014), and Seeing Our Planet Whole: A Cultural and Ethical View of Earth Observation (Springer). His wine books include Wine Dynasties of Europe and the Viking/Penguin Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon. He was editor of the Which? Wine Guide 1995–96. He lives in London and enjoys playing tennis and the piano.

On inheriting a wine library

One of my regrets is that I couldn’t keep my wine merchant father’s wine library intact. It wasn’t a grand library, just a few long shelves of wine books that migrated from his office behind the kitchen

The wine co-operative: The poetry of co-operation

Looking for the poetry in wine, I’ve tended to overlook the wine co-operative movement which has probably done more to enhance, or even save, the lives of small winegrowers all over the world than any other organizational

In praise of alcohol

To write a paean in praise of alcohol in relation to wine might seem both wrong-headed and ill-timed. Even before the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s last budget discriminated against wines containing more than 12%

Steven Spurrier and lightness of touch

Steven Spurrier disappeared from the wine world, and from this vale of tears, rather as he had inhabited it: unexpectedly, unsolemnly, almost lightly. I was completely taken by surprise, and taken aback, by the news of his

The classical essence of Napa Cab

  While 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as the year of Covid-19 (or, alas, the first year of Covid-19), it has left other tragic marks. In late September the Glass Fire tore through the northern