Bruce Anderson

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

Death of an imperial survivor

26 September 2013 1:00 pm

I was praying for a miracle, but it seemed unlikely. There had been one already: the bottle’s very survival. A…

Spirits: Yo ho ho

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

Until a few years ago, I knew nothing about rum. There was the dark stuff, coveted by the pirates of…

Spirits: Yo ho ho

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

Until a few years ago, I knew nothing about rum. There was the dark stuff, coveted by the pirates of…

What it's like to drink a 118-year-old wine

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Marcher country, the Jura lies to the east of Burgundy and the contrast is marked. Burgundy: the very name is…

The patriarch of wines

12 September 2013 1:00 pm

Marcher country, the Jura lies to the east of Burgundy and the contrast is marked. Burgundy: the very name is…

Dining in style at David Cameron’s favourite Italian

31 August 2013 9:00 am

It is impossible to think about any Italian region without wondering ‘What if?’ Sardinia lacks the glamour, grandeur and menace…

A dinner fit for a prime minister

29 August 2013 1:00 pm

It is impossible to think about any Italian region without wondering ‘What if?’ Sardinia lacks the glamour, grandeur and menace…

Enjoying South Africa's secret French connection

17 August 2013 9:00 am

One aspect of the old South Africa’s racial policies cannot be faulted. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes,…

Flowers of Stellenbosch

15 August 2013 1:00 pm

One aspect of the old South Africa’s racial policies cannot be faulted. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes,…

When Glyndebourne is the most perfect place on earth

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Glyndebourne. There is no single quintessential example of English scenery, but this is one of the finest. The landscape is …

Bottled opera

1 August 2013 1:00 pm

Glyndebourne. There is no single quintessential example of English scenery, but this is one of the finest. The landscape is …

The greatest novel in English – and how to drink it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Which is the greatest novel in the English language? Let us review the candidates: Clarissa, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The…

A glass of wine with Dickens

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

Which is the greatest novel in the English language? Let us review the candidates: Clarissa, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The…

Mourning Julia Gillard with the greatest wine ever to come out of Australia

6 July 2013 9:00 am

My Australian friend was in mourning over the removal of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. She had…

Gillard and the Grange Hermitage

4 July 2013 1:00 pm

My Australian friend was in mourning over the removal of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. She had…

An economist’s glasses

20 June 2013 1:00 pm

My friend Mitch Feierstein is a jolly, cheerful, life-enhancing fellow. He is emphatically not one of those economists whose purse-lipped…

From Vikings to vintages

6 June 2013 1:00 pm

The Macdonalds of Clanranald are one of the oldest families in the world. Their lineage comfortably predates the Scotland of…

The delights of decadence

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Although I promise to move on to drink, forgive me for beginning with a less interesting but even more complex…