Bordeaux 07 – A Tale of two Rothschilds

Today saw us visit two of the behemoths of Pauillac: Ch. Mouton-Rothschild and Ch. Lafite-Rothschild. Originating from the traditional French (Lafite) and flamboyant English (Mouton) branches of the Rothschild family, there has always been a bit of needle between these two great First Growths. The 2006 vintage was the first year in a very long […]

Bordeaux 07 – Berrys’ Buying Team Arrive

It has not been an auspicious start to the 2007 Bordeaux En Primeur tasting week. After a Saturday of glorious sunshine, Berrys’ Buying Team arrived in Bordeaux to cold, driving rain. Certainly there is little evidence of the global warming that was discussed (and slightly worryingly, rather welcomed by some) at the Climate Change and […]

St. Patrick’s Day Food & Wine

With St. Patrick’s Day looming on the Emerald Isle our thoughts are turning to all things Irish. What is classic Irish cuisine? And what are the perfect wine matches for contemporary Celtic gastronomy? There was a time when boiled bacon and cabbage was considered a traditional dish to be served on St. Patrick’s Day. Nowadays […]

Fine Wine Market Update

The Fine Wine Market enjoyed an eagerly anticipated boom from late 2005.  Prices had been somewhat flat for a couple of years and the top wines, particularly those from the 1996 & 2000 Bordeaux vintages, were beginning to look exceptionally cheap.  By early 2006 the bull was up and running, fed by massive demand from […]