Simon was awarded the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma in 1979 and the Diploma of the British Institute of Marketing in 1983. He is on the Council of the Wine & Spirits Trade Benevolent Society, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Vintners and a member of the Académie du Champagne. He is also the Clerk of the Royal Cellars and the holder of the Royal Warrant of Appointment as wine merchant to HRH the Prince of Wales. Simon has lectured on wine on many occasions, and to many institutions throughout the UK and his articles have been published in several magazines, notably Vogue, Debrett’s International Collector and The Economist Review of the Year.
He has also contributed to many television and radio programmes. Simon is married to Lucy and has two stepchildren Clarissa and Charlie and two Labrador dogs. In his spare time, Simon loves watching Chelsea play football and is an avid theatre fan.
In addition to buying the Languedoc and fortified ranges, Simon is also responsible for purchasing wines from Provence, South West France and England. His three favourite areas of responsibility, however, are the Rhône Valley, Champagne and Spain, where he is the process of building the already impressive range.
He gained his Master of Wine qualification in October 2002.
Jasper has been a Master of Wine since 1985, was responsible for all the Burgundian entries in the Oxford Companion to Wine and contributes frequently to The World of Fine Wine Magazine, among other publications. He also lectures internationally on pinot noir in general and Burgundy in particular.
Though a frequent visitor to the principal Pinot Noir growing countries of the world, Jasper now mainly divides his time between the UK and Burgundy.
His reputation as a Burgundy expert was further enhanced in October 2010 with the publication of Inside Burgundy, a lifetime’s study of the vineyards and vignerons of the region, which has subsequently won the prestigious André Simon award for the best wine book of the year. The first two electronic instalments, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, are now also available as eBooks on iPads.
During his early years at Berry Bros. & Rudd, David worked for the spirits side of the company, as a regional manager for Cutty Sark, and with the website team before becoming a Wine Buyer in 2001. This appointment enabled him to pursue his passion for wine. During his career he has bought wines for the company from Burgundy, Spain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, California and Hungary, and he continues to source from the Loire, Alsace, Austria and Germany.
In particular though, David had always been intrigued by Italian wines and their unfulfilled potential, but had never visited the country until a trip to visit friends in the early 1990s. In his own words, he experienced a “Damascene moment” when opening a bottle of 1989 Barolo: “I remember thinking ‘this is fantastic, why don’t we do more with these wines?’ I realised that there was something special & classical in Italy, on a par with France’s finest.” Citing the close relationship of Jasper Morris, who joined the company in 2003, with Burgundy, David realised that “I could only do this properly by living there.”
Over the past 20 years, David says that he has witnessed a change in the Italian wine scene. “Wines with a high alcohol content, international punch and soaring price points that had been produced in the late ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s lost their allure, as producers up and down the peninsula turned again to indigenous grapes, valuing their terroir and traditions. This heralded a return to elegance.”
In 2009, David journeyed to the Langhe, the region in Piedmont that is home to Barolo, the grape behind the majestic Barolo and Barbaresco wine styles. There, in the village of Serralunga, he met Davide Rosso, of producer Giovanni Rosso, and was inspired by his wines. David feels that this meeting was fate: “I always follow my nose, and I felt that it had led me to Serralunga to meet Davide.” He moved to Serralunga shortly after this encounter, to better observe and understand the changes in Italian fine wine and in order to buy the finest and truest examples for Berry Bros. & Rudd’s customers.
David now lives in Barolo, where he is in constant contact with the local producers. His favourite part of the job is identifying, nurturing and bringing to the market truly fine authentic Italian wines, made by producers “who are doing the right thing”. David sees himself as the bridge between the right producers and the right customers. He places a premium on understanding the context in which the wines are made, which allows him to help producers to grow through their relationship with Berry Bros. & Rudd. In essence David continues to seek out wines of great integrity and elegance, exceeding customers’ expectations, and delivering great value at whatever price point.
In his spare time, David is a keen ornithologist. He was always interested in birds, but found when he moved to Italy that his new home was a particularly spot good for enthusiasts. He says: “One of the great attractions of the Langhe is the annual visits by nightingales. We also see rare birds such as hobbies, a type of falcon.”
She is convinced that everyone can be an excellent taster, especially with the delicious range of wines at Berrys, and she encourages you to learn through taste. She sees this as her mission when you attend Berrys’ Wine School. Rebecca is also dedicated to bringing together the talents of Berrys’ many gifted experts to share their profound knowledge of great wine throughout the schedule of ticket events.
Since 2002 Max has worked in Fine Wine, and was appointed Bordeaux Buyer in 2007. Max has worked as Fine Wine Buying Director since 2011, and continues to be responsible for Bordeaux.
Max sources all of the Fine Wine and Bordeaux requirements for the Berry Bros. & Rudd group, including in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan: representing between £35 and £70 million worth of purchases a year, depending on vintage. His job includes building relationship with suppliers and wineries to acquire and preserve the best allocation of the finest wines. He loves both buying and selling fine wine, and believes that a good buyer should also be a good salesman. Max says: “I love both sides and believe that a good buyer should be a good salesman; making sure the correct stock is bought but also taking satisfaction in seeing it sold.”
Max is committed to getting the best deals, and aims to ensure that the wines he buys will also be a joy for the sales team to sell. “I love to create a buzz in the office. They all call me ‘Frenchy’ and say I only like French wines, which is only partly true!”
With a family background in viticulture, joining the wine business was the realisation of a long held ambition. His taste in wine is broad and eclectic and his enthusiasm lies in demystifying the complexities of the world of wine. He became a Master of Wine in 2013.
In 2007 she joined Berrys as a wine advisor, becoming the Wine Club Manager in 2008.
As Club manager, Katie has discovered a new raison d’etre: to improve the Club and ensure that every member thoroughly enjoys their time in the Club. She introduced the monthly Club e-newsletter and blog and enjoys meeting the members at the Club tastings and events she organises. Wine plays an important role of her private life too.
Holidays are often based upon visiting different wineries around the world and trying out the local wine with regional dishes.
He has also travelled extensively in the wine-roducing regions of the world including France, Germany, Italy and Australia and has written a monthly wine column for a French lifestyle magazine, “Living France”. As well as his responsibilities on the management front, Nicholas is also part of a small team which buys the new Bordeaux vintage every year for BBR globally.
Nicholas was appointed Commandeur D’Honneur de L’Ordre du Bontemps, Medoc et Graves – Sauternes & Barsac, in June 2005 in Bordeaux, in recognition of services to Bordeaux and Chevalier de Tastevins in Burgundy in December 2006.
He was a sommelier at many top restaurants before beginning an illustrious sales career in 1989, running Harrods’ wine department.
In 1996 he joined Berrys as Assistant Fine Wine Manager. Simon has been very fortunate as his job has allowed him to taste many legendary wines. He loves St Juliens and Pauillacs, and top Premier and Grand Crus from the Côte de Nuits. Possibly because of his travelling he likes to think of himself as ‘the Indiana Jones of the wine trade’.
Learning many facets of winemaking and vineyard management (and crashing one too many tractors), Adam felt the motherland calling and moved back to the UK and started working in the Fine Wine Department. In 2010 Adam moved to Hong Kong and he is still there today, enjoying the whirlwind that is Hong Kong life. Although enjoying wines from all over the world, personal favorites are Pinot Noir, in particular the wines from Chambolle-Musigny, and the wines from Germany, particularly a Spatlese on a muggy Hong Kong evening. Adam is now Sales Director for our new Hong Kong Business.
Anne McHale MW
Wine Education Specialist
Anne was born and raised in Belfast, and went to Cambridge to complete a degree in French and Latin. After graduating, she joined London-based French wine agency Mistral Wines, before working as a Marketing Assistant at the UK office of New Zealand Winegrowers. Anne joined Berry Bros. & Rudd as a temp for two weeks; that was in 2006, Anne has never been allowed to leave!
Anne started at Berry Bros. & Rudd assisting Rebecca Lamont with the Wine School and administration for events. When her role became permanent, she worked as the Wine School Administrator for four years, becoming gradually more involved in presenting events and tutoring at the Wine School. She is now a Wine Education Specialist, a role suited to her passion for wine education and her five years of study for the Master of Wine qualification. In 2013, Anne became Berry Bros. & Rudd’s most recent recipient of the coveted title of Master of Wine.
As a Wine Education Specialist, Anne hosts ticketed luncheons and dinners, as well as tutoring evening tastings and wine schools. As a qualified instructor, Anne also tutors candidates for the WSET qualifications. Increasingly, Anne is becoming one of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s better-known faces. She recently appeared on a selection of in-flight videos for Virgin Atlantic explaining Berry Bros. & Rudd’s selection of wines available in flight.
Anne loves teaching wine appreciation to people and seeing knowledge and confidence sink in. She says that she most enjoys helping people to discover an exceptional wine that they hadn’t heard of before, or debunk a myth about a wine style to show its true potential. Anne finds that working at events for the Wine School allows her to meet interesting, convivial people with a common interest in great wine and great food.
At Cambridge, Anne was a choral scholar, but would love to use her talents to sing more modern pieces. She says: “It is my secret desire to learn to sing in a more jazzy or show-tune style and perform in a musical.” Alongside her work, Anne is learning to speak Italian, which she took up because of her love of Italian wine and food.
Ben started working for Berrys’ at the age of 15, in the cellars of No.3, during his Christmas Holidays. After leaving school he went to Oddbins for a couple of years and then joined Berrys’ in 2001, in the London Shop moving into the Fine Wine Team in 2005. He has a passion for Bordeaux and Burgundy, but also enjoys wines from New Zealand. In his spare time he enjoys country pursuits and photography.
Originally joining Berrys’ in 1997 working in the Heathrow Airport shop, Chris has also worked in our Internet and Telesales departments before joining the fine wine team in 2007. Chris’s great passion is for the wines of Italy, hosting dinners and wine schools on the subject, but he also admits to a soft spot for the great wines of Burgundy.
Representing the 8th generation of the Berry family, Geordie, our Brand Director, previously worked as the company’s Business Development Manager in Hong Kong having spent two years as Cellar Manager for Berry Bros. & Rudd in London.
Geordie graduated from Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a degree in English Literature and is a keen artist, photographer and athlete, having competed in various marathons and sporting challenges.
After leaving university with a degree in Journalism Vicky became a Newspaper Reporter. After five years, Vicky decided to leave behind a life of parish council meetings and school fetes and move into PR, and it was The Vineyard at Stockcross – a five star hotel with a two Michelin star restaurant in Berkshire, which sparked Vicky’s passion for wine. Joining us as PR Executive in October 2004, Vicky now manages Berrys’ PR strategy for the UK and Hong Kong.
Rob started with Berrys in March 2006, initially working at the Heathrow Airport shops. After moving to the London shop, his passion for spirits which first blossomed during his university days in Oxford, bloomed to the fore. Rob’s Yorkshire roots reveal a keen eye for value, and he enjoys exploring some of the more obscure spirits and wines of the world. That being said, he keeps returning to red Burgundies, the whites of Alsace and Germany, Jamaican and Demerara rums and of course Scotch whiskies.