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Barry - Manager, Pimlico



About Barry

Barry, currently manager of Oddbins Pimlico, has run several of Oddbins' busiest West London stores and has years of experience in helping customers navigate an often intimidatingly large Oddbins wine range. His current areas of interest include Languedoc-Roussillon - Reds from St Chinian, Corbieres and Terrasses du Larzac and whites such as Picpoul de Pinet - and the rustic style of wine from Bierzo in north west Spain particularly made from Mencia (red) and Godello (white). Barry has completed both WSET Intermediate and Advanced exams and is currently studying for Diploma.

 


  • heaven

    All time greats



    Wasn't actually a wine, but Bowmore 64 at the distillery on one of the legendary Oddbins distillery trips. Also the year I was born.
  • Wine Heaven

    Wine Heaven



    Wine heaven would be enjoying a glass of Burgans' Albarino with its crisp clean lemony and mineral qualities and a plate of simply cooked seafood on a warm summer evening.
  • Wine Hell

    Wine Hell



    Over ripe reds with no structure and no expression of regionality, and over oaked whites that obliterate the delicate nature of the fruit - leaves me completely baffled as to why people are making wines in the first place.

Barry's Drinking:

Luis Alegre Crianza Rioja (try it in MAGNUM size!) With 80% of the wine aged in American oak for 12 months this is a big Rioja by Crianza standards and better for it. With delightful aromas of thyme joining the usual cherry notes of Rioja, and the oak influence packing in an added punch of vanilla, tobacco and spice this is a lush yet perfectly balanced wine with a length so long it could last all the way to Spain. Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese Riesling - a much maligned and underrated grape deserves a much higher profile than it gets. This off-dry wine with a medium body is alive with crisp, clean acidity, lime and guava notes and a gorgeous mineral finish. The off dryness is a perfect match for the sweetness of seafood and would match many a prawn or scallop dish - especially with a hint of lemongrass added. However, I think I have died and gone to heaven every time I treat myself and crack open a bottle with a lobster.

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