Category: Wine School

Bordeaux: classifications and rankings

What is a Cru Classé – a Classed Growth? Why do parts of Bordeaux have a rigid pecking-order, and others not? In an extract from our Wine School’s introductory book Exploring & Tasting Wine, Martin Hudson MW explains. In 1855 the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce drew up a new classification of the red wines of […]

A libation to Shakespeare

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Chris Foulkes and Carrie Segrave – the minds behind Berry Bros. & Rudd Press – ponder the playwright’s vinous inclinations. As we prepare to drink a toast, and to pour a small libation, to the Bard’s 400th anniversary this weekend, we’ve been musing (sorry…) about two of our favourite […]

‘German? It must be sweet – I won’t like it…’

Many wine-drinkers make this leap – and miss some stunning wines. Modern German wines range from dry and appetising to gloriously sweet… but which is which? In an extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine: A wine course with digressions, Catriona Felstead MW reveals all. Knowing what’s in a tall, elegant Alsace or […]

The best bottle-filled books

Our Chairman Simon Berry has compiled a short list of those literary works that he deems ‘essential’ for every young wine-lover; here he introduces, and justifies, those titles that made the cut. When I got my first proper job in the wine trade, in November 1976, my father gave me a copy of Hugh Johnson’s […]