Month: August, 2016

On the table: Blandford Comptoir

This month food writer Victoria Stewart visits the newest addition to the Marylebone restaurant scene, Blandford Comptoir, a classy spot serving Italian-influenced dishes which has a particularly reputable founder – Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset. It would be pushing it to say, as has been suggested, that the opening of a single hotel had a ripple […]

An elegant solution

As the new bottling of the Irish whiskey in our own-label range of spirits hits our shelves, Rob Whitehead – Spirits Buyer – introduces Croai na Móna (pronounced “Cree na Mona”). In 2007, we bottled Croai na Móna, the first Berry Bros. & Rudd Irish single malt of the modern era. It was a heavily […]

Saving grapes

The wines of Greece have been experiencing a resurgence on our shores. While Assyrtiko and Agiorgitiko weave their way into wine drinkers’ hearts, one producer is reviving other, more obscure grapes from Greece’s past. Here, Buyer Will Heslop introduces Domaine Lyrarakis. Few producers can be credited with reviving a grape varietal on the brink of […]

The North star

Eric Texier is a leading light in the Northern Rhône, with his traditional (whisper it: natural) winemaking techniques delivering wines which, he believes, are the equal of anything Burgundy’s Grands Crus can offer. One might think that nuclear physics to natural winemaking isn’t a likely career path, but that is exactly the route that Eric […]