For a fabulous feast of fine wines and gastronomy, book yourself an indulgent evening at Berry Bros and Rudd. This historic wine shop in London’s St. James, now 312 years old, has not much changed over the years, with creaky old wooden floors at the shop level, and a warren of cellars below.
There is great anticipation for the evening ahead whilst you partake of champagne with your fellow guests in the shop, whereupon the learned lecturer gives a brief introduction and history of this family affair.
Deep below, the Napoleon Cellar is stunning. A vaulted room where one long table is grandly set with a multitude of polished glasses, a ton of cutlery, and the all-important menu of the tastings. A serious wine dinner lies ahead! However, they keep you at ease by reminding you it is meant to be fun….and it is.
This dinner was entitled “A Tour of Bordeaux’s Finest” and they did not skimp on quality or quantity. It had taken the chap with the task of opening and checking the bottles five hours to do so!
We tasted seven wines in total and Mark talked us through them with huge enthusiasm. From the magnificent, intense Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, particularly suited to gastronomy, through the Angelus, Haut Brion, Pichon Longueville Baron, and two Palmers, to the ultimate Sauterne, Chateau Suduiraut 2001, this was a true taste of Bordeaux’s finest.
This was all paired with English asparagus and crab, and saddle of lamb with Jersey Royals, peas and broad beans, with an excellent cheeseboard and a sweet, sticky apple dessert. They have a good chef here who puts thought into matching food with wine.
This was an expensive evening but what fun and a great mix of like-minded people from many walks of life. A really exciting and enlightening experience.
Berry Bros And Rudd
3 St. James’s Street
Tel: +44 (0) 800 280 2440