Winetasting Notes

Thu, Jun 10, 2021, 5:30 PM UTC

Corney & Barrow

While the live talk by Zoom is limited to 30 people, there is room for anyone to tune in and listen along.

Celebrate our eighteenth-century Opening Evening with Katie Rooney of Corney & Barrow, Ayr.

In James Boswell’s record of liquors at Auchinleck, he kept a detailed arithmetical account of every bottle of wine and other liquor consumed. Despite concern about his excessive drinking, at one dinner in 1783 for six guests the consumption totalled 11 bottles of claret and 3 of port which, with rum, madeira, mountain and lisbon brought the total to 19 bottles!

While not wishing to encourage anyone to indulge on this scale, we thought it irresistible to offer a Festival wine tasting to include a claret, hock and port from cellars which were operating in Ayr during Boswell’s lifetime. Alexander Oliphant founded his wine business at 8 Academy Street in 1766. Now, 255 years later, Corney & Barrow are proud custodians of these historic wine cellars, which are still to this day used for wine storage.

Wines for the tasting


Corney & Barrow Claret Maison Sichel (Bordeaux, France)

Maison Sichel is a highly respected family company with more than 130 years of experience, spanning six generations. The Corney & Barrow buyers, along with the Sichel team, have blended a classic though ripe claret style.

German Hock (i.e. Riesling)

Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Schloss Schönborn (Rheingau)

This is the estate Riesling from this historic family vineyard on the Rhine. Vinified in stainless steel, this has the purity of fresh, unadulterated, ripe Riesling, refreshingly nuanced with notes of flowers, citrus and orchard fruit and gentle hints towards peach – elegant and harmonious.


Quinta do Vale Dona Maria Port LBV 2014 Halves – "intense fruit character and soft ripe tannins"


To order your bottles to enjoy during the tasting session, delivered to your home, please contact Katie Rooney [email protected]

£44 for all three bottles or £31.95 without the port. Includes delivery to the customer.

To ensure your wines arrive on time, please order by Thursday 27 May.