Ronan Sayburn MS


Head of Wine, 67 Pall Mall    

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VDP: Where and how did you get the wine bug?

Ronan Sayburn MS: My father made wine at home, I don’t think it was particularly good but it was fascinating to see the process, so I was always interested.

VDP: Your first encounter with German wines?

Ronan Sayburn MS: As a teenager drink Black Tower. At the time a very elegant black bottle.

VDP: What is your favourite story to tell about German/ – did you have highly emotional experience with our wines / producers?

Ronan Sayburn MS: Tasting wines from 1971 that i though were only 10 years old. A great vintage for wine - not for wine laws!

VDP: How many bottles of German wine/VDP.wines do you have in your cellar?

Ronan Sayburn MS: Around 60 Rieslings, 20 Spatburgunder. After Bordeaux the most in my cellar.

VDP: What is your favourite vineyard in Germany – and why?

Ronan Sayburn MS: Kiedrichter Grafenberg - love the powerful and elegant wines of Robert Weil.

VDP: If it comes to German grape varieties, what is your favourite? Riesling, Spätburgunder or other?

Ronan Sayburn MS: Riesling!