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Berry Bros. & Rudd Masters of Wine

Berry Bros. & Rudd now boasts the expertise of eight Masters of Wine, including our Wine Expert Martin Hudson MW, Wine Buyer Simon Field MW, Burgundy Director Jasper Morris MW, Wine Buying Director Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Buyer Catriona Felstead MW, and most recently Wine Education specialist Anne McHale MW and Private Wine Events Sales Manager Demetri Walters MW.

There are currently 312 Masters of Wine worldwide and with more Masters of Wine than any other company, Berry Bros. & Rudd has never been better placed to provide its customers with the most extensive wine knowledge

The Masters of Wine qualification is achieved by passing three examinations:
  • A Theory examination which comprises four three-hour question papers on viticulture, winemaking, the business of wine and contemporary issues relating to the wine industry.
  • A Practical examination which comprises three 12-wine blind tastings of a range of international wines which are assessed for variety, origin, quality and style.
  • A 10,000 word Dissertation on a subject selected by the candidate, relevant to the international wine industry.
The Insitute of Masters of Wine

Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Buying Director

Mark comes from a family background in hotels and restaurants and began his career in the Wine Trade in 1978.

He ran his own wine business in Surrey from 1988 until it was acquired by Berrys in 2003; since then he was worked with Fine Wine, Buying and, latterly, Berrys’ Wholesale, where he was instrumental in developing new opportunities with partners such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Shakespeare Company, whilst still retaining a buying responsibility. 

Mark is one of the key lecturers and hosts for Berrys’ Wine School, specialising in Bordeaux and Burgundy, but equally happy to indulge his more recherché interests, including Austria and southern Italy.

A Master of Wine since 1989, and also first UK winner of the Madame Bollinger Award as the top MW taster of his year, Mark spent many years behind the scenes with the Institute of Masters of Wine, teaching tasting technique to students internationally as an educator and culminating in the chairmanship of the Practical Exam Committee, supervising the wines, questions and marking for the legendary MW Blind Tasting Exams.

Mark is a consultant to H. M. Government as a member of the Committee to advise on the purchase and selection its wines, and also fulfils a similar role with other London institutions.

When not striding miles across the glorious Hampshire hangers towards a suitable hostelry, Mark can be found in the concert hall, enjoying an eclectic range of music, ranging from the Shetland fiddle to Wagner and most points in between.

Mark Pardoe MW

 

Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer

Simon joined Berry Bros. & Rudd in 1998, having spent several misguided but lucrative years working as a Chartered Accountant in the City. His passion for opera and travel is well suited to buying trips down the Rhône and into the darker recesses of Andalucia.

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 in the process of building our already impressive range.

He gained his Master of Wine qualification in October 2002.

Simon Field MW

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Director

Jasper Morris MW developed a reputation as a leading authority on Burgundy while running his own importing business, Morris & Verdin Ltd from 1981 to 2003, at which point he sold the company to Berry Bros.& Rudd. He continues to work for Berry Bros. as Burgundy buyer.

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.

Jasper Morris MW

 

Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer

Catriona graduated from St Andrews University with a languages degree and spent the first few years of her working life at a Spanish petrochemical company. Having rapidly discovered a love for wine, she moved her career to the wine trade.

in 2004 and gained a thorough grounding in the trade as an Oddbins’ Manager. She joined Berrys’ marketing department in April 2007, became Direct & Interactive Marketing Manager in September 2008 and moved to her current role in 2013.

Catriona won the WSET Vintners' Scholarship and Vintners' Cup in the wine Diploma exams and in 2012, she passed the Master of Wine examinations to become Berrys' first female MW.

Catriona Felstead MW

 

Anne McHale MW, Wine Education Specialist

Anne has worked in the wine trade since 2003. Her passion for wine began during her studies at Cambridge University where she was a member of the Wine Society. Upon graduating with a degree in French, she made the most of her language skills by working with London-based French wine agency Mistral Wines.

She joined BBR in 2006 and graduated as a Master of Wine is 2013 while working alongside Rebecca Lamont in the Wine Education Department. She co-ordinates the ticketed events in the Berrys' Cellars: tastings, dinners, food & wine matching events, luncheons and of course wine school.

Wine education is one of her great passions, as she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to discover more about the infinitely fascinating and rewarding world of wine.

Anne McHale, was awarded The Bollinger Medal in recognition of her outstanding tasting ability. Etienne Bizot of the Madame Bollinger Foundation presented the award to Anne, who became the 25th person to win the award in November 2013. She was named Young Wine Writer of the Year by The UK Circle of Wine Writers IN 2010. Anne wrote her dissertation on Beaujolais in UK market: UK wine trade attitudes and future prospects.
 
Anne McHale MW


Martin Hudson MW, Wine Buyer & Wine Education Specialist
Martin Hudson joined the wine trade in 2002, after 25 years in quality assurance and designing computer cables. Alongside this he had run an internet company importing and selling Loire Valley wines, so deciding on a career change was made easier, especially as he could not find a way of making money from his other passion, racing classic motorcycles.

Martin joined Berrys' Bin End Shop in 2003, and successfully completed his Master of Wine qualification in September 2008. He is convinced that winemakers are some of the most passionate, varied, opinionated and in some cases eccentric people around, who in turn make wines that reflect their personality. This diversity is the great appeal of the world of wine.

Martin Hudson MW

 

Demetri Walters MW, Private Wine Events Sales Manager

Demetri enjoyed a varied career, from chasing cows around Australian cattle yards to head-hunting, before finding his home in wine. 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.

Demetri Walters MW