Is it just us or do the many labels given to wine get a bit lost in translation. Biodynamic? Low-intervention? Our heads are already spinning and that’s not even from the wine! The good news is that Berry Bros. & Rudd have got your back; appreciating the confusion that surrounds wine they’re hosing their first wine tasting which will celebrate sustainability in the wine making process (and hopefully shed some light on what the heck all these words mean!)
For the lesser informed amongst you, Berry Bros. & Rudd is in fact Britain’s oldest family-owned wine and spirits merchant, so we’re pretty sure they’ve been around the wine block a fair few times and know a thing or two about what makes it taste so darn good. To this day, they pave the way as wine aficionados, stampeding over most to reign at the forefront of wine innovation with a current range of more than 4,000 wines sourced from over 25 countries.
The tasting, which will take place on Thursday the 28th of March, will shine a light on wine production for the environmentally-conscious consumers amongst us as well as allowing them to delve into 73 wines available to taste. The space will provide a laidback and accessible atmosphere allowing for guests to peruse the selection from Berry Bros. & Rudd themselves, with wines picked that illustrate crafting using varying environmentally-friendly approaches. So, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been sniffing, swigging and whirling wine around the glass for years or you’re a complete novice, anyone is welcome to gain more knowledge on how it all works.
On hand to push you to professionalism will be producers Eva Fricke (Rheingau, Germany), Rosie Finn (from Neudorf in Nelson, New Zealand) and Morgane Fleury (from Champagne Fleury), who we can only assume know a thing or two about wine! The connoisseurs will allow you to better understand terms such as biodynamic, organic and sustainable, although we do advise taking it easy on the grape juice during the talks to avoid the words sounded even more complex than usual! And, if you’re still not up to scratch, why not join the additional masterclass and listen to the three winemakers discuss what it’s like putting theory into practice.
Of the change in direction concerning wine selection, Wine Director Mark Pardoe MW says: “Increasingly we are seeing our customers searching for more than simply a bottle of wine. They are making more environmentally conscious decisions and they want to feel that whatever they are buying aligns with their personal values.” If you’re one of the people searching for some clarity on just which wine to choose, and you want to avoid the dinner party humiliation of being asked why you chose the sustainably biodynamic wine that you did then this is definitely the event for you.
Well, that leaves little else to say but don’t make a pour decision and have a grape time at this Berry Bros. & Rudd event – wine not?
The Down To Earth event by Berry Bros & Rudd will take place on Thursday the 28th of March at The Gallery at The h Club, 24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ. Plus, more good news is that Handbook readers will get a £10 discount when booking tickets to the general tasting. Simply enter ‘handbook’ upon purchase and get hold of your tickets here – enjoy!