Meet the Tastings Team

Simon Mason

Simon Mason - Head of Tastings and Events

Favourite food and wine match
Madiran, Château d'Aydie with confit de canard and potatoes roasted in the duck fat.

Most memorable wine
Ch Beychevelle 1989 – my first experience of "proper" left bank claret and responsible for starting a very costly love affair with the region.

Favourite tasting venue
The Playfair Library, Edinburgh


Emma Briffett

Emma Briffett - Tastings and Events Co-ordinator

Favourite food and wine match
Hard English cheeses with Cairanne from the Cotes-du-Rhône

Most memorable wine
Château Canon 2006

Favourite tasting venue
York


Jon Granger

Jon Granger - Venues and Logistics Coordinator

Favourite food and wine match
My favourite food and wine match would be Picpoul de Pinet & a crab linguini.

Most memorable wine
I have been spoilt for choice recently but one that stood out for me at our recent Spanish events was the Contino Graciano, Rioja 2007

Favourite tasting venue
There are many venues that I am yet to work with but my favourites so far would be Merchant Taylors Hall, London or the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – they look great, they have a lot of history and the staff are ever so helpful.


Matthew Horsley

Matthew Horsley - Tastings & Events Host

Favourite food and wine match
Barolo with duck breast and lentils

Most memorable wine
Amon-Ra Barossa Shiraz 2003

Favourite tasting venue
The Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral