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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Averys, historic wine merchant founded in the west of England port of Bristol in 1793 (three crucial years before the birth year of arch rivals harveys of Bristol). The firm still operates from cellars in the city centre that were acquired in 1860 and where wine has been stored on-site since around 1746.

Ronald Avery (1899–1976) was the most significant of the wine merchant Averys. Born in the celebrated bordeaux vintage of 1899, he remained faithful to claret as his favourite red wine throughout his life. His time at Cambridge was cut short by the death of an uncle, who with his father ran the firm. To gain experience in the trade at a time when nearly all wine was imported in cask and bottled in Britain, he worked in cellars in London, Bordeaux, and Oporto before taking over the running of Averys in 1923.