Bruce Anderson

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

The delights of Spanish wine – and art

9 November 2019 9:00 am

First, an apology. In my last column, I appeared to be saying that good champagne does not age. This must…

The finest champagnes do not age

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The other night, I dreamt about Brexit. Awakening to the oppression of an urgent task, it took me a few…

A vintage tale of Thatcher, Reagan and some truly great wines

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Poor Old Girl. The final act may not have been sanglante, but as the third volume of Charles Moore’s life…

There is always time for a bottle of Champagne

28 September 2019 9:00 am

My friend Dominic decided that it was time to convoke a lunch. There were matters to discuss, including that perennial…

It’s no surprise that Brexit looks doomed

21 September 2019 5:00 pm

I have a friend who insists that he takes little interest in politics. Even so, the other evening he came…

Claret, dogs and nothing to grouse about

14 September 2019 9:00 am

What do you get if you cross a dyslexic, an insomniac and an agnostic? Someone who wakes up at 4…

Reasons to be cheerful: gardens, Ben Stokes and cold wine

31 August 2019 9:00 am

‘The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.’ Is there a more charming passage in…

Was I wrong about Boris Johnson?

17 August 2019 4:00 pm

The Conservative commentariat does not march in step. Myself, along with Matthew Parris, Max Hastings and Simon Heffer are proud, stiff-necked…

Like Team Boris, I’m staying in London this summer

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Foolish me. I could have been writing this by the shore of Lake Trasimene, with only one problem: how to…

A wine of Boris’s vintage

3 August 2019 9:00 am

My host twinkled sardonically. ‘We’re bound to be discussing Boris. So what’s the right wine?’ I suggested a bunker-busting Australian…

The tastes of summer: polo, Pimm’s and plenty of Champagne

20 July 2019 9:00 am

England. On a glorious summer afternoon in the Sussex countryside, I had been invited to watch polo at Cowdray Park,…

A toast to the wisdom – and wit – of Norman Stone

6 July 2019 9:00 am

We were in a club, discussing Norman Stone, recently departed, over a meal that he would have enjoyed. Norman divided…

Ian Botham’s Ozzie Chardonnay is too good for the convicts

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Cricket is the most gracious of games. County grounds in the lee of cathedrals, village greens in the perfect setting…

In an era of illusion and fantasy, let the wine do the talking

8 June 2019 9:00 am

We had all said everything there was to say about Brexit a hundred times over. So the conversation took different…

Debunking the Greek wine myth

25 May 2019 9:00 am

A book, a bottle, a bower set in an ancient garden: you think that if you walked round the right…

The case against Boris Johnson

21 May 2019 9:06 pm

In the old days, if the Tory party was in trouble, old hands who had seen it all before would…

Save us from fads and change for change’s sake

11 May 2019 9:00 am

There is no new thing under the sun. Over the weekend, I read a book which was alarmingly relevant to…

Finding hope in poetry, politics – and white Burgundy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

During the Middle Ages, some of the monastic halls which evolved into Oxbridge colleges allowed their younger inmates to indulge…

Durdle Door, Dorset (istockphoto.com)

Independence for Dorset? I’ll raise a glass to that

13 April 2019 9:00 am

There was a shrewd old Tory MP called John Stokes. He was not on the left of the party. Indeed,…

Three Tories gather for a convivial, and consolatory, glass of wine

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Three tribal Tories had gathered for a convivial glass, and also a consolatory one. One quoted Huskisson’s verdict after Goderich’s…

Red meat and red wine: the ideal way to spend the first Sunday of Lent

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Life is far too important to be taken seriously. At least, that was the conclusion which we meandered towards as…

Twenty years on, the Walbrook is still an enchantment

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Early last century, an impoverished youth emerged from the East End. Able and hard-working, he discovered — as many had…

Only the south offers beer lovers a decent pint

16 February 2019 9:00 am

We were discussing beer. It is a cheerful subject so I made an appropriate point. In recent years, the quality…

Is wine an art?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Acouple of lawyers were disagreeing about a matter which could become increasingly relevant. Could a sitting president pardon himself? But…

Forget Dry January – if there was ever a month to drink, this is it

19 January 2019 9:00 am

January really is the cruellest month. No wonder some fortunate friends have dodged the column of dreary weather and short…