The HoseMaster of Wine on our forgotten wine critics

While often the butt of jokes, the world of wine isn’t necessarily known for its sense of humour: but the HoseMaster of Wine is rapidly changing this, calling the wine trade’s bluff with his cruelly comic prose. We asked satirical wine writer Ron Washam (AKA the HoseMaster himself) to write this month’s guest post. They […]

A libation to Shakespeare

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Chris Foulkes and Carrie Segrave – the minds behind Berry Bros. & Rudd Press – ponder the playwright’s vinous inclinations. As we prepare to drink a toast, and to pour a small libation, to the Bard’s 400th anniversary this weekend, we’ve been musing (sorry…) about two of our favourite […]

Liquid lessons: our bond with Bordeaux

In the run up to Bordeaux en primeur, Henry Jeffreys traces the history of Britain’s ties to Bordeaux, a battle-worn bond built on Claret. For a certain kind of wine lover, usually British, Claret is red wine. At the moment though, the wines of Bordeaux are decidedly unfashionable. Bordeaux bashing is a popular sport amongst […]

When it comes to English wine, is Sussex superior? Yea

Following a recent and controversial bid to establish a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) for still and sparkling wine made in Sussex, we asked two experts to tackle the topic. Here Dominic Buckwell – Berry Bros. & Rudd customer, lawyer and CMS Certified Sommelier – argues that the time is nigh for establishing regional appellations within […]