Month: April, 2012

3 by 3 in Burgundy

Barbara Drew, our Wine School Administrator, has recently returned from a training trip to Burgundy, and has shared her thoughts on the visit in a triumvirate of triplets! 3 things about Burgundy which particularly struck me during the trip (and why): 1. The landscape. It’s one thing to see pictures of vineyards in books but […]

Alsace update, where they’re finally putting the ‘Cru’ back into Grand Cru…

Last week I nipped up north to Alsace from Barolo to touch base with domaines Ostertag, Weinbach, Zind-Humbrecht, Josmeyer, Rolly-Gassmann, Mittnacht, Trimbach, Schlumberger, Hugel and Deiss as I prepared the ground for Berrys’ September offer. Two issues: terroir, and in particular ‘Crus’, along with the sometimes sticky point of how to communicate the wine’s style […]

Found in Translation

My first visit to Japan was a most agreeable experience; it was, by turns, up-lifting, rewarding and surreal to see how the delightful team who make up BBR Japan are spreading Berrys’ unique message to a new and clearly very sophisticated constituency of wine drinkers.  The BBR offices are, one cannot deny, a little less […]

A visit from Olivier Bernstein

Olivier Bernstein came to Basingstoke for the day to present his superb range of 2010s: an early Eurostar, cross London by tube, and then a quick jaunt by SouthWest trains to sunny Basingstoke, and an hour or two with the Fine Wine team, tasting the range of 13 wines – one village Gevrey-Chambertin, four red […]