Category: Wine School

Grape expectations

As we celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Richard Veal – member of our Private Wine Events team and New World Specialist – examines how this varietal has worked its way to the top of the vine. Something of a sleeper for centuries, Sauvignon Blanc performed its role anonymously yet very effectively. Originally as an un-named […]

Down in the dirt

In light of a recent study, Barbara Drew – Wine School Tutor – inspects the importance of bugs and bacteria when it comes to the controversial topic of terroir. Terroir; an oft-discussed theme in the world of wine, encompassing everything from a vineyard’s microclimate, the way the hills and hollows of a slope collect air […]

Alcohol: on the ascent?

In response to queries regarding the rising alcohol levels in wine, Martin Hudson – Master of Wine and Wine Education Specialist – examines why ABVs (alcohol by volume) might be on the rise, and whether or not they actually are. Wine is more alcoholic than it used to be: probably true, but why? There are […]

The Pickering Cellar: a brick-by-brick account

Barbara Drew, our Wine School Tutor, descends beneath No.3 St James’s to reveal the remarkable history of our Pickering Cellar. One floor below street-level, beneath our London shop and Pickering Place, lies the Pickering Cellar. Named after William Pickering, the erstwhile barrel cellar formally dates from the 17th century. However, it is likely to incorporate […]