How “Cru Bourgeois” Came Back From The Brink

France, Wine Industry


Just over ten years ago, in 2007, the Cru Bourgeois ranking system was in tatters. The system brought in to give consumers a better view of the great and the good of the red wines of the Médoc (outside the 1855 classifications) was at breaking point.  Legal battles, rumours of nepotism by ruling councils, and even bribery had some Châteaux crying foul and walking away.  How did it get to that?

My Top Ways To Spend A Summer

Wine Industry, wine tasting, Wine Tours
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Hanging out with my new mate Pru the eagle owl at Glenmorangie House

Got asked a few weeks back by the chief himself, Richard Siddle of The Buyer, to answer a few questions on what I like to get up to in the summer.

Well we’ve only got a couple of weeks left of it, so let’s get this one out there.

We’ve got DIY, Red Dwarf, and looking forward to Liverpool’s season this year…

…and I’m only joking about the kidnapping.

Stunning Place For A Wine Festival

Wine Industry, wine tasting

A lifetime or so ago, when I was living up in Edinburgh and studying for my postgrad, I came across Norway for the first time.  We had two on the course, one of who introduced me to my Norwegian wife, tussen takk for det, Anders!  The other lad, Gisle, was from far up north, in near as damn it the artic circle.  He moved around a bit, from London to New York, working on various financial doings, before heading back home to start a family and, he’s just told me, a wine festival.  He kept that one quiet!!

Lofoten VinFestival is running on the small island of Henningsvær the weekend of the 21stand 22ndof September, promising wine, food, and music from both abroad and close to home.


Is the future of internet wine buying?

Wine Industry, Wine Technology

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At the recent London Wine Fair, in the Innovations Zone, I met the team from, a new online wine club that claims to be trying to drag the wine world kicking and screaming into the 21stcentury.  Definitely not a bad thing I think we can all agree.  So what are they planning and how does it all work?

Slick Service Makes The Difference

Uncategorized, Wine Industry, Wine Technology

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Berry Brothers and Rudd are the oldest wine merchant in the UK.  Based out of St James’s in London’s trendy Mayfair area, this is where they’ve been operating in one guise or another since 1698.  When I was coming through in the banking world all those years ago, all the senior lads and lasses had Berry Brothers accounts. It’s almost a right of passage for fine wine buyers in London and the wider UK.  Last week I made my first purchase from there, and it was pretty bloody impressive.