Bruce Anderson

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

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A better year ahead? That’s what the tsar expected in 1917

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Someone came up with a century-old quotation plangent with irony and sadness: ‘The year 1916 was cursed: 1917 will surely…

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Had someone deliberately messed up Lord Archer’s dinner?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I first ate at the London version of Harry’s Bar in the early 1990s. Back then, Jeffrey Archer and I…

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Want to understand Italy's economy? Look at its wines, not its GDP

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The other day, I had lunch with the grandest person I know. Forget 1066: Adrian Ziani de Ferranti can trace…

Bird Hunting

The Odd Bottles now have a paramilitary wing

3 December 2016 9:00 am

This is something to be said for starting to celebrate Christmas before the end of the grouse season. It provides…

White truffles from Piedmont Italy

What wine is worthy of white truffle? It took us a few tries to be sure

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few days ago, on the Dorset/Somerset marches, autumn was still in orderly retreat. Although a pear tree’s leaves had…

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Should Nato have embraced Russia?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

An aeon ago, when I was first invited to the odd City lunch, there was a standard formula: G&T, white,…

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The sacred mission to stop real whisky becoming too popular

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A long-standing friend of mine is a lucky fellow. He has spent his career doing exactly what he was born…

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With great wine comes great anxiety

8 October 2016 9:00 am

We were surpassing Sydney Smith. His idea of heaven was pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets. Our…

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The no-nonsense greatness of Australian wine

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Any Australian who admits to not having convict ancestors loses caste. When granted a coat of arms, the smart ones…

Scottish Grouse

The first grouse of autumn, and a debate begins afresh

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The autumn bank holiday is like the five-minute bell at the opera. The shades of the prison house loom. All…

View over the roofs into the landscape of Provence, France

A toast to the glories of Provence

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Friends have a house in Provence, near the foot of Mont Ventoux. Even in a region so full of charm…

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Alexander McCall Smith’s Bruce Anderson – and me

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Will Lyons, a delightful companion, is not only a friend of mine. He has one of the finest palates in…

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Glyndebourne on a summer’s eve was Arcadia

30 July 2016 9:00 am

I know little about human medicine: still less about the animal equivalent. So I had always assumed that vets were…

Riesling , White Wine

Why it takes more thinking to be a Tory than a socialist

16 July 2016 9:00 am

John Stuart Mill did not describe the Conservatives as the stupid party. He merely said that although not all Tories…

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The Brexiteers will want David Cameron back soon enough

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Journalists are chronic exaggerators. Strong words are always being thrown away on trivial events. ‘Whitehall was shocked last night as…

Healey At Ease

Which politician looked like ‘a butch old les’ dragged through a hedge?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

In the 1970s, when there were many fewer restaurants in London, Locket’s was much the best place to eat around…

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Adventures of a hell-cat in heaven

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Over the weekend I officiated at a funeral. Earlier in the morning there had been lowering rain clouds, but by…

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…