Celebrating 16 Years as Barrington’s Signature Magazine

Down Cellar

Barrington resident Jim Bryant is pursuing his passion and love of wine as an international wine consultant. This follows a 30-year career in senior financial and general management positions at two Fortune 100 companies. He is the owner of James R. Bryant L.L.C.; contact him at profwino@comcast.net.


September / October

Spanish Finale

We arrived in Rioja and had a delightful tour and tasting at Muga. We started with the Muga Blanco 2018 which was a great wine with an abundance of large white asparagus (my favorite vegetable), red wines ( all Tempranillo based) included the 2018 Muga, 2015 Muga Reserva, 2015 Muga Selección Especial, 2011 Muga Prado Enea, and Torre Muga 2015. 

July / August

Spanish Wine Tour - Part 1

After our whirlwind trip around Jerez de la Frontera, we flew to Madrid and picked up the rest of our guests. We motored north to my favorite Spanish wine region—Ribera del Duero.

May / June

Exploring Sherries in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

In late September, my wife, Pat, and I along with Greg Pearson spent two days and nights in Jerez de la Frontera—the epicenter of all that is Sherry.

March / April


Departing Auckland on the Crystal Serenity we cruised the Tasmania Sea for three days and arrived in Sydney in mid-afternoon. We enjoyed the slow maneuvering through one of the world’s most beautiful harbors.

January / February

A Down Under Adventure

In early February of 2019, 16 people set out from Chicago and/or Nashville for a month of wine and food adventures in New Zealand and Australia.


November / December

Chablis Adds Class to the Dinner Table

After the luncheon and wines at Drouin-Laroze, we had a brief walking tour of Dijon and then motored north to Chablis and checked into the Hostellerie des Clos for our three nights.

September / October

Beautiful, Bountiful Burgundy

After spending one week on the Esprit barge in Burgundy, half of the pas-sengers joined an equal number of new arrivals to visit some of Burgundy’s best wineries and restaurants.

July / August

Canal Barging in France

Over the past decade I have heard from several of my friends about their wonderful experiences on barges in the small canals in several parts of France. In 2018, we rented an 18-passenger, 128-foot barge to ply the canals of Burgundy.