Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson writes The Spectator's Drink column. He was previously political editor of The Spectator.

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Nicholas Soames’s Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

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The wonders of white Burgundy

7 May 2016 9:00 am

I promised a return to Burgundy and the 2014 vintage, which becomes no less impressive when recollected in tranquillity. We…

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Dinner with a Grand National winner

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Not quite nil humanum a me alienum, but I have always been interested in other people’s trades and worlds. That…

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The kindest man in the Bordeaux wine business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There was a moment during the war when De Gaulle was being more than usually impossible. Roosevelt, furious, asked Churchill…

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On the trail of a Burgundian Holy Grail

26 March 2016 9:00 am

It was a scene evoking the first movement of the Pastoral Symphony. The evening sunshine was caressing the verdant woods…

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A thirst for justice: the wit and wisdom of Oliver Wendell Holmes

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, a great common lawyer, was an adornment to the American Supreme Court. His wisdom is still…

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The torturer named for a beautiful shrine

27 February 2016 9:00 am

As you came from the Holy land Of Walsingham Met you not with my true love By the way as…

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The perfect wines to toast the end of the hunting season

13 February 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago, a distinguished cove in the diplomatic service was made High Commissioner to Australia. To prepare himself…

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The fighting spirit of the Borders comes a posh wine merchant

30 January 2016 9:00 am

There has been a gastronomic revolution in London. For some years, the Boisdale restaurants, often mentioned here, have featured Macsween’s…

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Drink: How I was forcefully reinforced at the Battle of Brussels

16 January 2016 9:00 am

My friends divide into three groups. There are those who are determined to anticipate Lent. There is a larger number…

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The Field Marshal, the restaurateur and the wine family

2 January 2016 9:00 am

As the bottles flowed, the talk ranged, to a serious vineyard, an awesome Field Marshal and a delightful restauranteur. For…

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Even great wine can’t quite give me hope for Lebanon

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Housman had a point. If men could be drunk for ever, the human condition would be tolerable. But thought always…

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An overflow of bookshelves, a huge kitchen, a cellar, music, dogs, hens, donkeys children . . . all the ingredients for civilised life

5 December 2015 9:00 am

In the later 1850s, Palmerston was Prime Minister: Gladstone, his Chancellor. It was a successful partnership between two very different…

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Guinness and oysters — or beef and Haut-Brion — in deepest Ireland

21 November 2015 9:00 am

We were talking about the West of Ireland and agreed that there were few greater gastronomic pleasures than a slowly…

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We celebrated a birth with a wine that will last decades

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Good Saturday, 2015, stepping westward. Autumn sunshine: autumn leaves, almost comparable to New England: pumpkins everywhere, very New England. We…

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Thanks to the rugby the Scots have a real grievance at last

24 October 2015 9:00 am

The Scots do not know what to do. For once, they have a justified grievance. In recent years, this once-proud…

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Manchester has marvellous wines, and it’s not finished yet

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It will seem an ungrateful comment after the lunch which I am about to describe, but Manchester has some way…

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The strange creatures of Clubland, from Evelyn Waugh to the oligarchs

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When it comes to nightclubs, many have written, but none has surpassed the Perroquet in Debra Dowa. Le tout Debra…

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Siena shows that northern Italy is just better at getting drunk

12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Indian summer was still fending off the mists and mellow fruitfulness. But the autumn term was about to begin;…

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Dorset is a palliative for the human condition

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Do-orzaat. Dorset is part of L’Angleterre profonde. It is possible to find evidence of modernity, but only in limited areas.…

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The missing ingredient for a perfect gazpacho

15 August 2015 9:00 am

We were eating tapas and talking about Spain. Leaving caviar on one side, when jamón ibérico is at its best,…

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A six-year-old sharpshooter and a New Zealand white – both bound to improve with age

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles began proceedings with a report on the activities of our junior branch. These youngsters…

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Banking on wine

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Great matters were trembling in the balance. The prime minister needed cash to achieve his objective and as Parliament was…

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The true France in a bottle

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude…

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Lunch with a claret fit for gods, heroes and David Cameron

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I cannot remember a jollier lunch. There are two brothers, Sebastian and Nicholas Payne, both practical epicureans. They have made…