Berry Bros launches "gastronomic experiences for the literary oenophile"

24 August, 2016

Berry Bros is bringing three of life’s greatest pleasures – fine wine, gourmet food and good books – together in a series of in-store events.

Leading authors like Alexander McCall Smith, who wrote the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, will discuss their latest books in Berry Bros’ famous London cellars, while guests can enjoy a range of wines and dishes in keeping with the book’s theme.

Berry Bros described them as “gastronomic experiences aimed at the literary oenophile”, a phrase that is unlikely to have been uttered much before.

Wine expert and writer Will Lyons will host the sessions and the first, with McCall Smith, takes place on September 14.

McCall Smith will discuss his latest publication, My Italian Bulldozer, during an Italian themed lunch, which will be accompanied by a hand-picked selection of Italian wines chosen by Lyons.

Lyons said: “It is an absolute privilege to welcome one of Scotland’s most celebrated writers to the cellars of Berry Bros. & Rudd. Wine and literature have flowed into each-other’s worlds for centuries and Sandy’s latest book is a vinous romp around Tuscany. I can’t wait to share his enthusiasm for the region, its wines, people and cuisine over a glass of Brunello di Montalcino or two.

“We hope this will be the first in a popular lunch time literature series bringing together some of the world’s greatest writers with the world’s greatest wines.”

The next literary soiree is due to be held on October 14 with political journalist and Iain Martin, who will discuss his latest book, Crash Bang Wallop, the inside story of the financial revolution that shaped the modern day City of London.

British historian and author Andrew Roberts will join Lyons in the New Year for a literary evening where he will discuss his latest biography of Napoleon and the great French Emperor’s love of wine. 

Tickets are available for £155.

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