Arden Fine Wines is the Mayfair-based specialist in fine & rare wines and whiskies.Arden was founded by Stuart George in 2019 to enable fine and rare wines to be enjoyed by private and corporate clients.
Stuart began his wine career 24 years ago working alongside the distinguished Master of Wine and Burgundy expert Anthony Hanson. Five years in client-facing fine wine retail sales were followed by winemaking experience in Friuli, northeast Italy, and in Provence, France, and extensive travel across the world’s wine regions.
A holder of the prestigious Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma in Wine and Spirits since 2000, Stuart has tasted vintages back to 1780. He was UK Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2003 before working with Hugh Johnson OBE at The World of Fine Wine magazine, which won several awards during his time there. Stuart was Image Editor and lead contributor to the best-selling 1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die and Editor of the award-winning The Finest Wines of Tuscany and The Finest Wines of Champagne.
He is a sought-after wine show judge for his experienced and fastidious palate: Stuart has been the sole UK representative at the Shanghai International Wine Challenge; the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Chile; the Austrian Wine Challenge; and the 21st Concorso Enologico Internazionale in Italy.
He is also a “wine detective”. In 2014, Stuart helped to expose a Swiss-based counterfeit wine operation. In November 2019, he contacted a UK auctioneer to advise that a bottle of Pétrus 1990 being offered by them was counterfeit. The bottle was withdrawn from sale. He has also exposed dubious figures on the amount of fake wine in the market.