Tag: wine school

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 […]

Below the surface: the Napoleon Cellar

Dipping two storeys below No.3 St James’s Street, Katie Cooper, Wine Club Manager, explores the extraordinary history of our Napoleon Cellar. Deep beneath the shop at No.3 St James’s Street lies the Napoleon Cellar, named after Louis-Napoléon III, the nephew of Napoleon I. These days, it hosts long lunches and sumptuous dinners for up to […]

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 […]

Rock ’n’ Rhône

Select musical members of the wine trade have joined together to form Skin Côntact – the industry’s very own rock band – who will be performing a one-off event in aid of Wine Relief (the wine industry’s fundraising efforts for Comic Relief). We speak to our band member Anne McHale MW – backing vocalist, delightful diva and member of […]