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.