Month: July, 2012

A History of Piedmont

Tuscany is often referred to as the Bordeaux of Italy. So Piedmont is surely comparative to Burgundy, at least according to the engaging personality of Chiara Boschis at E. Pira who says “we are all small artisan producers, rather like the Burgundians”. This view is further supported when you consider that production of the indigenous […]

Franciacorta, Italy’s ‘Champagne’ region, is bubbling to the surface…

Last week I visited Lombardia’s Franciacorta region accompanied by Edwin Dublin, one of Berry Bros.’ sparkling wine experts, who also works in our No.3 St James’s Street shop. For both of us this was our inaugural visit to the region. Over two days we visited seven cantine: Lantieri di Paratico, Bellavista, Biondelli, Monte Rossa, Cavalleri, Uberti […]

Sunny Spain and Cava – ‘Recuerdos de Gramona’

At the moment Barcelona, 28 degrees dry sunshine, and Cava feel like distant memories.  But I can still almost taste the 1999 Gran Reserva Celler Batlle, of which more later. Last week, I was with our sparkling wine buyer Simon Field as guests of Gramona, who have been producing wine and Cava for over 100 years. After an […]

Berrys’ Twickenham Portfolio Tasting

Last month Berry Bros. & Rudd were delighted to host a tasting in the stunning (and recently refurbished) venue of The Waldegrave Drawing Room of St Mary’s College, Twickenham. This was the debut of a series of regional portfolio tastings planned for the South of England this year.  For many years we have been running […]