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

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The secret kinship of good wine and good cricket

25 October 2014

A high proportion of wine-lovers also enjoy cricket, and vice versa. This might seem natural. Anyone with an aesthetic temperament will surely find his way to two of life’s greatest… Read more

Proof that the Japanese know how to make great Bordeaux

11 October 2014

Château Lagrange, a St Julien third growth, has the largest acreage of any Bordeaux classed growth. For much of the 20th century, this was its sole claim to distinction. Under… Read more

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In praise of the Loire - cradle of civilisation, and wonderful wines

27 September 2014

Rivers are the cradles of civilisation and the Loire is an outstanding example. It is one of the head-waters of modern France. By the 7th century, the region had emerged… Read more

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The Society of Odd Bottles and the Sisterhood of the Black Pudding

13 September 2014

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles has been mentioned in this column before. I can report that the membership is growing. We are now comfortably into low single figures. The… Read more

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Horse racing, Sancerre and escaped lobsters

30 August 2014

A stint in dry dock — the ‘dry’ literally — has one advantage. There is time for lots of long reading. After many decades since the last opening of Middlemarch,… Read more

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Visiting Burgundy from my hospital bed

16 August 2014

There have been some splendid rumours about my health. According to the most exotic, I was cas-evacked from a hill in Scotland, flown to St Thomas’s by private plane and… Read more

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From Glyndebourne to St Thomas's Hospital

2 August 2014

‘Don’t you think you’re drinking too much?’ said the nurse, contemplating the array of bottles. ‘But I feel so thirsty,’ I replied. A doctor arrived and concluded that powerful intravenous… Read more

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The EU's right not to slap big sanctions on Russia. Here's what it should do instead

26 July 2014

The civilised world felt as if its heart had been touched by an icicle. Photographs of murdered children. Biogs of people like us; we could have been on that plane.… Read more

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A toast to all bottles

19 July 2014

Where two or three British males are gathered together, the agenda often includes a glass or two. One thing can lead on to another. To facilitate the supply of glasses,… Read more

Measuring out an elegy in Burgundy

5 July 2014

It was a sort of wake. An old friend’s father had died, and some of us were helping him and his wife deal with oddments from the paternal cellar. As… Read more

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The joy of Glenmorangie

21 June 2014

Glenmorangie is the most accessible of malt whiskies. It is a gentle, almost feminine creature, with hints of spring flowers, chardonnay, eine kleine nachtmusik, wholly different from the lowering malts… Read more

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The soul of a lurcher and the secret of a capon

7 June 2014

A county, a house, a dog — and a bottle. Somerset: men have delved and farmed and built here for millennia, reshaping the landscape but never losing harmony with nature.… Read more

Novelist and poet George Meredith . Cartoon by 'Max', Vanity Fair, 1896

Some consumer advice: do not sell your daughter for a bottle of 90-year-old port

24 May 2014

Port, or Hermitage? This does not refer to personal consumption. I was trying to remember Meredith’s Egoist, in which one of the principal characters seeks to coerce his daughter into… Read more

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A military funeral for a heroic vintage

10 May 2014

Alas, the ’63 ports are beginning to fade. I came to that conclusion the last time I tasted a Warre’s, and the other night I was at the drinking of… Read more

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A toast to Le Roi Jen Quinze

26 April 2014

There ought to be a new literary award: the antisocial book of the year. A dozen years ago, Claire Tomalin’s Pepys would have won the laurels by a country mile.… Read more

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It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at Bordeaux's misfortune

12 April 2014

The en primeur tastings have been taking place in Bordeaux, and the mood has oscillated from despair to defiance. It is like Boxer’s trip to the knackers’ in Animal Farm:… Read more

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Secrets of Sicily

5 April 2014

Western Sicily has been a crucible of aspiration and grandeur: the human condition at its most exalted: unsurpassable art and architecture. It started in the Greek era. Sicilian agriculture produced… Read more

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What Quique Dacosta knows that Picasso didn’t

29 March 2014

Chefs have a problem. Think of much of the best food you have ever eaten. Caviar, English native oysters, sashimi, foie gras, truffles, jamon iberico, grouse, golden plover, properly hung… Read more

It's hard not to feel sorry for a country like Armenia

The tragedy of Armenia (and its brandy)

15 March 2014

It is impossible not to sympathise with Armenia. It has spent much of its history between the hammer and the anvil, trying to fend off imperial predators and usually failing.… Read more

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Toast to a young gun

1 March 2014

Three of us, old friends, were meeting to arrange a marriage. The young couple have never actually met. Indeed, they are still unaware of one other’s existence. But it is… Read more

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A spirit to warm Bruegel’s ‘Hunters in the Snow’

15 February 2014

The ostensible subject matter is misleading, as is any conflation with his lesser relatives’ wassailing peasants and roistering village squares. But Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s work is profoundly serious. It… Read more

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Our daily haggis

1 February 2014

Give us this day our daily bread: those are also words of great culinary significance. Even if the ‘bread’ takes different forms — rice, pasta, potatoes — billions of people all… Read more

British Railways poster commemorating the Bi-Centenary of the Birth of Scotland's National Poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) surrounded by characters and places from his poems Photo: SSPL via Getty Images

Is there a clean joke for Burns Night? I asked Cecil Parkinson...

18 January 2014

As a life, it was a scintillating spectrum of the human condition. There was hardship and suffering, as well as laughter and fun, plus a great deal of sex, mostly… Read more

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Drink: The great white Burgundy disaster

4 January 2014

We agreed that it was the gravest crisis facing mankind. It has led to dashed hopes, widespread grief and a universal loss of confidence in the future. As the scientists… Read more

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Bruce Anderson: Bordeaux's negociants deserve to suffer - and they will

14 December 2013

Our sweet enemy, France, is not always that sweet. It is tempting to respond to France’s current degringolade with cynicism and indeed schadenfreude. For a start, it should keep down… Read more