What makes a great vintage?

The 2015 vintage has been praised far and wide – producing remarkable wines from Germany to Burgundy, but what has made it a good year? What makes any vintage better than another? In an extract from our introductory book, Exploring & Tasting Wine, Mark Pardoe MW explains Sometimes Bordeaux is even busier than usual for […]

Battle of the bottles: do spirits have a place at the Christmas table? Nay

Following on from yesterday’s post, Mark Pardoe MW – our Wine Buying Director – steps into the ring, appealing to the head and heart as he claims wine’s worth at Christmas. It always seems to me that complex spirits – by which I mostly mean Cognac, Armagnac and Scotch whisky – are meditative drinks, savoured […]

On the range

Our Wine Buying Director, Mark Pardoe MW explains the thinking behind our restructured Own Selection, highlighting just a few of the changes to the range. After a gestation even longer than an elephant’s, our new Own Selection range finally emerged on Wednesday 2nd September, blinking in the lights of our new Sussex Cellar, and under […]

From the Buying Director’s table

Mark Pardoe MW – Berry Bros. & Rudd Buying Director – recounts the first of The Buying Director’s Table series, an extraordinary dinner held at the start of the month; an event celebrating wine as liquid history. This was the first in an occasional series of The Buying Director’s Table: events to provide the opportunity to […]