Bruce Anderson

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

My post-lockdown resolution: drink more Alsace

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Freedom approaches. Should we be humming ‘Va, Pensiero’ or ‘O Welche Lust’ — perhaps both. Thinking of Fidelioreminds me of…

Wine by the jug in Venetian Venice

24 April 2021 9:00 am

We were discussing travel, that forbidden delight now tantalisingly close. Where would be our first destination? Forswearing originality, I chose…

David Cameron has done nothing wrong

14 April 2021 1:00 am

To paraphrase the old adage, truth can still be pulling on its boots when a misconception is already half way…

Drowning the sorrows of Scotland’s virulent nationalism

10 April 2021 9:00 am

There is a more depressing subject than the lockdown. The evening began with a bottle of 18-year-old Glenmorangie. It was…

Finally la Vendée has a winemaker worthy of its traditions

27 March 2021 9:00 am

A year of lockdowns has certainly passed slowly. But there are topics for thought. One disappointment has been the Church…

Boris Johnson undersold his security review

18 March 2021 7:00 pm

It was the political equivalent of Halley’s comet. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson underestimated his own achievement. He claimed that the…

Nights – and wines – to remember in Paris

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Some friends claim to be making marks on the wall to count the days until liberation. Ah, the forgotten delights…

Rishi Sunak is a prime minister in waiting

4 March 2021 4:45 am

It is always a pleasure to see a first-rate mind in action, as we did during today’s Budget. Equally, when…

Memories of Stellenbosch and South Africa’s finest wines

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Lockdown provides time to think, and to reminisce. A South African friend, trapped in Amsterdam, phoned the other day. Had…

My palate and the plague

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Later this week, on Spectator.co.uk, I will resolve a mystery that has featured in a lot of Zoom traffic around…

The beauty and tragedy of Lebanon

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I was thinking about tragedy. Could one use the term ‘chronically tragic’? My first instinct is against. Tragedy is the…

Why you can’t trust supermarket cheese

12 December 2020 9:00 am

We were celebrating the end of lockdown by talking about war and deer stalking — over a business lunch, naturally.…

A Grantham statue is the least Margaret Thatcher deserves

6 December 2020 7:17 pm

Grantham in Lincolnshire has an interesting history. Newton went to school there. Turner produced several paintings of local scenes. During…

Lockdown might bring the Dickensian Christmas back into fashion

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I feel like a prisoner, making daily marks on the cell wall to chart the approach of freedom. But will…

What if Thatcher won the 1990 leadership challenge?

23 November 2020 5:40 am

Thirty years ago today, Margaret Thatcher was in 10 Downing Street. For almost eleven and a half years, it had…

Drinking to the glories of Burns and follies of Boris

14 November 2020 9:00 am

At least in London, midwinter spring has not been entirely vanquished, and the trees are still a couple of strong…

A toast to Tim Beardson

31 October 2020 9:00 am

I am in an Eliot mood, not a Keatsian one. ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ is a surprisingly… mellow…

Covid-19 and the victory of quantitative easing

26 October 2020 7:22 pm

Crises often lead to new paradigms. The politicians of the day try to repair the damage, learn lessons and prevent…

Perry Worsthorne: a man incapable of dullness

17 October 2020 9:00 am

I had known Perry Worsthorne for several years before I went to work for him in 1986 (horrifying how time…

The finest Rioja in all of Spain

3 October 2020 9:00 am

It had been a long and no doubt fractious sea voyage. The crew would have signed up for a variety…

With good wine, it’s all in the timing

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Three bottles, three questions that delivered three different answers. I was in Dorset — cannot keep away — enjoying the…

Why Covid could be Britain’s new Crimea

12 September 2020 9:00 am

This is a very British story. Because we Brits are often warlike but never militaristic, we often make a balls-up…

Can Simon Case restore stability to the heart of government?

6 September 2020 8:08 pm

Boris Johnson does not get everything wrong. The appointment of Simon Case to be head of the civil service at…

A perfect luncheon wine

5 September 2020 9:00 am

I suspect, though this may be romanticising, that if a French lorry driver with hitherto suppressed culinary tastes won France’s…

Soave, an original sin-free wine

22 August 2020 9:00 am

‘The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day’: surely one of the most beautiful images…