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Christopher Burr, MW

Chris Burr MW
  • Previous International Head and Director of Wine at Christies Auction House.
  • One of only 380 MW’s from 30 countries worldwide.
  • Has worked extensively with the FBI in New York and Interpol in Europe to combat the production of counterfeit rare bottles.

Christopher has been involved in the wine business for over 45 years, and his interest started even as a school boy and student. In the 1970’s whilst living in Margaux and working for Alexis Lichine, he developed his knowledge of vineyard management, winemaking and the commerce of wine. He subsequently worked with many great producers importing, marketing and selling their wine.

Christopher passed the rigorous, highly demanding and prestigious Master of Wine exams in 1995 at the first attempt, winning the Villa Maria Prize for his papers on Viticulture.

Before establishing his own wine advisory business he was the International Head and Director of Wine at Christies Auction House, and led many seminal tastings and sales of great collectables during the late 1990s.

Christopher very much believes that wine should be part of every civilised way of life, not pretentious or “geeky” but to be shared with friends and with good food.

by Christopher Burr, MW, 18th November 2020

Master of Wine Christopher Burr's Latest Articles


Christopher Burr
Springtime Sipping with Fortnum & Mason
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 29/04/2021 What could be more stylish than a Fortnum's picnic hamper, and some Fortnum's branded wines to go with it? The same for the first barbecues of the season. Fortnum's wine department is one of the best, with a good range carefully picked, and at all price points from really good wines around £10, then upwards as high and superb as you might want to go! Just to sweeten deal even further, you’ll save 10% on these fantastic bottles when you buy 12 or…
Christopher Burr
SOLA Wine Pairing
Top class Californian cooking needs a couple of good Californian wines, for the white we recommend from Waitrose the delicious Chateau Souverain Chardonnay, luscious intense rich Chardonnay and a perfect match for this cooking! Just £9.79 from Waitrose Cellar. The red must again be from Waitrose, the Bonterra Organic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and intense with masses of dark berry fruit and a hint of leather and eucalyptus. Available for £12.99 in Waitrose.
Christopher Burr
Jose Pizarro Wine Pairing
The wonderful Basque menu with tapas, Jamon, olives, anchovies and typical Basque main dishes also has a good selection of typical northern Spanish wines and some old mature sherries on offer from this Michelin starred restaurant. Try the Pizarro white Rioja or their exclusively Basque Wine, the complex Txakolina. I am surprised they have not offered the one wine that I would expect for this food, a great fino bone dry sherry, or even better a fresh crisp Manzanilla. The salty crispness and…
Christopher Burr
Trishna Wine Pairing
The Indian Seafood Experience from Trishna requires bright fresh white wines, but robust enough to be able to match the spices used. A citric, fresh hoppy lager is also a good alternative if you don't feel like drinking wine. My recommendations are firstly the famous wine from the fish dominant gastronomy of Galicia in northern Spain, Rias Baixas Albariño. Majestic have the excellent Villarei 2018 for £12.99. Crisp, citric but with an intense mineral and ripe fruit mid-palate and a nice bright…
Christopher Burr
The Best Bordeaux in Waitrose
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 08/04/2021 The British love their Bordeaux, or for the reds "Claret" as they prefer to call it, for the last several hundred years. Ever since Eleanor of Aquitaine (Bordeaux was Aquitaine's capital) married Henry the Second of England in 1152, and was mother to two further English Kings, Richard 1st and King John, the trade in wine between the two countries has been unstoppable. English cooking - roasts and grills, seems to have been almost created to…
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Averys six bottle mixed case