A Master of Wine and buyer for Hallgarten Druitt and Novum, Beverly’s wine career spans nearly 40 years. Since 2014 she’s been focused on Hallgarten’s French portfolio and is also the company’s head of training and education
Earliest wine memory?
A wine appreciation course in Watford back in 1979. I discovered that a rioja reserva was markedly different and had improved with aeration during the course of the evening – it was fascinating.
What inspired you to get into wine?
I started in the wine trade in 1978 principally to make use of my German language skills. The company happened to be the one that I still work for today at Hallgarten Druitt. My wine interest quickly overtook my language interest…
Red or white?
It depends on so many things. It would probably be a crisp sauvignon blanc on a sunny summer day and a warm, savoury syrah on a cold winter’s evening.
Who would you like to share a glass with?
Sir Winston Churchill over a glass of Pol Roger. What an honour to have a cuvée named after you!
Wish you’d known 10 years ago?
Favourite food and wine pairing?
No particular favourite just good wine and food in good company.
Most memorable vineyard visit?
Having just returned from a fantastic Master of Wine trip to Australia, it was probably our afternoon at a bush barbecue in the Yarra Valley in a tent. It was 36 degrees, the hottest October day ever with an accompanying wine which threatened to blow the tent away. The wines and views were spectacular.
Most memorable wine you’ve tasted?
In recent memory, 2010 Hill of Grace on the same trip.
Favourite wine for relaxing in front of the telly?
Something dry, mineral and chilled.