A guide to glassware

“Twenty per cent of the enjoyment of wine comes from the glass it is drunk from.” Francis Berry was a little ahead of his time in emphasising the importance of glassware in 1931, but today it is an acknowledged fact that a decent glass is essential for enjoying fine wine. This extract from our introductory […]

A taste of Bordeaux: entrecôte bordelaise

In the wake of Bordeaux 2015, our Head Chef Stewart Turner provides another recipe from the region – this time it’s entrecôte bordelaise, a classic beef dish that’s grilled or barbecued to perfection. Demetri Walters MW suggests the bottles that would go best – and they’re not all from Bordeaux. In the glass: While Claret would […]

Germany: the home of Riesling

This month we’re talking about all things Riesling. Here we look at the grape’s native home, Germany, in an extract from our introductory book, Exploring & Tasting Wine. Riesling’s identity was forged in the steep valleys of western Germany. On the terraces above the rivers Rhein and Mosel (‘Rhine’ and ‘Moselle’, as they were anglicised) […]

From the inside: an uncertain future

Originally published in the spring of 1970, this month’s article from Number Three ponders the future of the independent merchant, considering both the impact of climate change and the rise of the supermarket. No doubt it is cowardly of us, but we sometimes feel we should have more heart to face the future if we were not […]