Month: April, 2013

Port Tongs at the Ready

A large family gathering gave a very good reason to put my new Taylor’s Port Tongs to action.  We’d seen these used at Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas a week earlier to worthy effect and Adrian Bridge had kindly given us each a pair to take home. The principal purpose of Port Tongs is to open a […]

A Trip Up the Douro

2011 is a sensational vintage in the Douro valley. I remember speaking to one of our producers in December of 2011 and remember vividly their confidence in the harvest (though cautious to point out that a declaration was not to be confirmed until 2013). Reports about the vintage have continued to be enthusiastic and the […]

To Declare or not to Declare

That is the question……………soon to be answered.Vintage Port is a fascinating example of a category which has gained a fanatical following amongst a relatively small constituency of wine connoisseurs, most of them based in Great Britain and latterly the USA. Berry Bros are lucky enough to be the largest single importer of Vintage Port into […]

Wine & Whisky Master Classes in our Bin End Shop, Basingstoke

Last month, on Saturday 16th March, Berrys’ Bin End Shop held another of its popular events days and master classes. The theme was Fine Beef with Beef & Cheeses. The shop team picked up the gauntlet to find the best wine matches for great British beef and fine artisan cheeses and tasting tables and master […]