Thirty years ago, Corney & Barrow pioneered the direct relationship between grower and merchant, when the model was almost unheard-of. Today it is as close to its wine-makers as it is to its customers, and it’s had another excellent year. ‘Brexit, the exchange rate and the general political upheaval has gone in our favour,’ Adam Brett Smith notes. ‘But also nature was kinder — and if the vintages are good, the interest becomes great.’ The most important consideration when buying wine is the integrity of the merchant, says Brett Smith, who is clerk to the cellars of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Corney & Barrow have premises across Britain as well as in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Adam Brett Smith