Some recent feedback from our trade and customer tasting that took place Monday 16 January 2012.
'Thanks for a great tasting yesterday. Some real stars there, but all in all probably the best tasting I could imagine to kick off the year.' Tamlyn Currin, fine wine writer for Jancis Robinson
‘In an increasingly crowded tasting calender there are a few that could be described as genuinely unmissable, the WineBarn definitely qualifies. Iris has assembled a cast of superstar producers, there its genuinely not a weak link in the portfolio, but she isn't resting on her laurels as the exciting addition of three wines of Clemens-Busch shows.’ Andrew Connor, Sommelier, Lutyens Restaurant
'The guests were very keen to learn more about modern German wine and very attentive which makes our journey to the UK worthwhile.' Daniela Weis, owner at the St Urbanshof estate
‘Friedrich Becker’s and Meyer-Näkel’s Pinot Noir are second to none at very keen prices. Burgundy, eat your heart out!' Alethea Siow, private customer from our evening consumer tasting
A few nice words said by others about the WineBarn.
"I just wanted to let you know that I did my wine dinner on Tuesday night. Your Meyer-Nakel Spatburgunder Blauscheifer went down a storm, people really enjoyed it".
Will Smith, Arbutus/Wild Honey/Les Deux Salons
"The WineBarn's Iris Ellmann has been among the most active and effective Riesling revolutionaries in the UK. Her émigré knowledge and passion are doing for Germany what Reymond Reynolds has done for Portugal, while her focus on regions beyond the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is doing for Baden, Franken, Rheinhessen and the rest what Yapp Brothers did for the Loire and the Rhône. A carefully compiled portfolio of some of Germany's most outstanding producers, many of whom she has brought to the UK for the first time.”
Neil Beckett, Editor The World of Fine Wine
“In a very short time Iris Ellmann has established herself and her wine company (The WineBarn) as one of the most serious importers of quality wines from Germany. It is always a pleasure to select wines from her very interesting portfolio.”
Gerard Basset O.B.E, Terra Vina (Best Sommelier in the World 2010)
"Wines of Germany are some of my favorite wines; I just adore them..and the Winebarn has them all.. Also, The Winebarn has some of the best wines to have with our food."
Stephan Guicheteau, GM, Nobu, London
“The WineBarn has an excellent range of very high quality wines from some excellent smaller, family run estates, which really fits in with the type of wines that Harrods is looking to stock and to promote. This is backed up with lots of support in the form of information about the properties and education to our staff both of which are vital in making for a great working partnership.”
Alistair Viner, Head of wine buying, Harrods, London
“Iris Ellmann & the WineBarn should not enter the IWC Best German wine merchant award. They should simply be given the award and let everyone else compete for the runner up spot! The WineBarn deserves the award with it is fantastic choice of wines and superb service.”
Isa Bal – Head Sommelier, The Fat Duck, Bray
“Well done, Iris! Let's hope they give you the German equivalent of the Legion d'Honneur!”
Jancis Robinson, wine writer FT
“To me, Iris Ellmann, is an inspirational character. Her passion, knowledge and understanding of German wine is second to none. Her wines are perfect for matching with fine food, full of character, well balanced and elegant. She deserves all the success and praise that her company receives.”
Chef/Patron Alan Murchison, L’ortolan (Michelin 1 star), Shinfield