Good hosting is crucial to a successful event. Our experienced and attentive team will do all they can to ensure that you have the best possible time.
Head of Events and Education
Richard came to the UK from his native Australia in 2003. His early career was in educational consultancy before developing his wine experience at La Fromagerie and Selfridges. Having worked in Private Wine Events at Berry Bros. & Rudd since 2011, Richard now oversees the Events and Education department. Blessed with some of the finest dining and educational venues in London, Richard is thrilled to offer our guests the chance to experience some of the best wines in the world and help them take a small step towards the farms and fields of the great wineries of the world.
Phone: +44 (0)20 3301 1604
Wine and Spirits Education Specialist
Barbara joined Berry Bros. & Rudd in 2011, organising and hosting many of the dinners, lunches, tastings, one-day wine schools and courses in the cellars. She is particularly passionate about unusual, obscure or just plain unloved wine regions, and loves experimenting with food and wine matching. Barbara believes wine to be one of the most rewarding subjects to study, as there is always something new and exciting to discover.
Phone: +44 (0)20 3301 1681
After completing a three-year Chefs Diploma, Stewart headed to the bright lights of London to gain experience in many top establishments, including Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn. With a real passion for food and wine, being Head Chef at Berrys is his perfect job. Since joining in 2008 he changed the face of Berrys’ food served, bringing a more restaurant and fine dining feel to the menus, without losing our ethos of food and wine matching. When not slaving over a hot stove, Stewart loves going to new restaurants to keep up with current food trends and, away from food, spending time with his young family.
Edwin left a 20 year medical sciences career, during which time he organised staff wine tastings, to enter the world of wine full-time. Having 'graduated' from Oddbins and via a short spell with Laithwaites, he arrived at BB&R in 2005. Since then he has developed a passion for the wines of Alsace, Burgundy and especially Champagne.
Deputy Head of Events and Education
Rebecca joined Berry Bros. & Rudd in 2000, following a career in music teaching at Warwick Academy in Bermuda. She now manages our Wine Schools, tastings and dinners. Rebecca is passionate about wine education because it encompasses so many fascinating subjects which interconnect: sensory perception, history, innovation, tradition, art, health, geography, geology, biology and chemistry, to name but a few.
She is convinced that everyone can be an excellent taster and that the best way to learn is through taste. Rebecca is also dedicated to bringing together the talents of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s many gifted experts to share their profound knowledge of great wine throughout our events.
Phone: +44(0)20 3301 1682
With a varied Argentine, Chilean, Australian and Cornish heritage, Felipe felt attached to a sufficient number of quality wine regions to warrant a foray into the wine trade after his degree. Any deluded fantasies of such a life were, however, to be tested shortly after, during a year spent at a winery in Argentina. Fortunately, his encounter with some memorable characters, too many asados and some great hooch meant this was only to be replaced by an equally rose-tinted vision of the future, and the deal was done. Having worked as a Wine Advisor in our head office since 2013, Felipe brings a welcome knowledge of our Basingstoke operations to the Events and Education team.
Phone: +44 (0)20 3301 1605
Isabella begins her career in wine and spirits with Berry Bros. & Rudd, having joined at the end of 2015. She is passionate about helping new customers explore different winemaking regions and taste exciting grape varieties, especially those they may usually avoid. Isabella enjoys wines from all over the world and wants to continue to develop her knowledge in both wine and spirits.
Phone: +44 (0)20 3301 1517
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3301 1517
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. In addition to buying the Languedoc and fortified ranges, Simon is also responsible for purchasing wines from Provence, South West France and the Loire. His favourite areas of responsibility, however, are the Rhône Valley and Champagne, where he is in the process of building the already impressive range. He gained his Master of Wine qualification in October 2002.
Wine Educator and Presenter
The seeds of Demetri’s long-standing appreciation of wine were sown young: “My grandfather in Cyprus had vineyards,” he recalls, “and I remember as a child walking through them, and how romantic and fascinating it was.” This appreciation of both the emotive nature of wine, and also the mud-on-boots aspect of viticulture inspires Demetri’s vinous interest to this day.
Despite his early grounding in wine, Demetri’s route into the trade was an unconventional one, coming to us via a brief stint in the army, a spell in Australia working as a jackaroo, a degree in property surveying and also a number of years in new media, and head-hunting in that industry. “I knew my real interest and enthusiasm lay with wine,” says Demetri, “and I was looking for an excuse to break into the industry. Sometimes, life leads you – and a company I was working for went bust: it was the prompt I needed.”
Demetri was recently made a Master of Wine, his thesis for which brought him back to his formative interest in Cypriot wine. “I really like to champion the wines of Eastern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as fortified wines, and evangelize about our small but pretty Hellenic wine selection,” he says. “But of course, the main thing that the MW has taught me is objectivity and how much there is still to learn.”
Phone: +44 (0)20 3301 1600
Looking back to her university days down in Exeter, Isobel’s love for all things vinous can be traced back to being a member of their wine society as well as endless cheese and wine nights with her friends. Post-graduation her career in the drinks world began at Bacardi Brown-Forman, working with large international spirit brands before joining Berry Bros. & Rudd in the spring of 2012. Her next step is the completion of the WSET Diploma. Isobel enjoys wines from all over the world, taking every opportunity to expand her knowledge. In her spare time, Isobel enjoys a very competitive game of squash.
Phone: +44 (020 3301 1602
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 Berry Bros. & Rudd's 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 our first female MW.
Chris has worked in the wine trade since 1992 and joined Berry Bros. & Rudd in 1997. After working at our Heathrow stores for many years, he joined the Head Office team in 2004. Initially working with the Website and Telesales teams, Chris joined the Fine Wine Team, selling to private clients and Cellar-Planners.
With a passion for all things Italian, especially the wines and food, Chris has been presenting our Italian themed Dinners in The Cellars since 2000 and now also presents our One-Day Italian Wine Schools.