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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are pleased to announce the 10th edition of Wine behind the label has now been published.

We're very excited about this, but you can still get a 20% discount off the printed hard cover book (now £40.00) and a 50% discount off the digital version (now £14.50) of the 9th edition.

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Download and enjoy full extensive reviews of 30 of the most popular Wine Countries and Regions in our 447 Page Taster Guide

It is made up of exactly the same pages that make up the main Guide, containing the very same quality Images, Maps, and Winery Profiles, that helped Wine Behind The Label become, what the “Fine Wine Magazine” said...

Could well become the annual Guide, by which all others are judged”!

Now as you can imagine, we’re extremely proud of such a glowing testimonial.

But we feel sure that once you have read your free Mini-Guide, that you too will realise, just why we have attracted that kind of industry acclaim.

Check out the latest 9th Edition version of our Wine Behind The Label Guide...

Is now available in hardback copy or in a fully searchable digital ebook download format.  The hardback version is delivered totally Free of Charge to all customers in the USA or UK.

Download your FREE 447 page (full reviews of 30 regions and countries) Guide Here

​Download Your Free 447 page Mini-Version of the Guide!

It is made up of exactly the same content and pages that make up the main guide, containing the very same high quality Images, Maps, and Winery Profiles as the main guide itself.  This mini guide covers all 30 + countries & regions that are reviewed in the new 9th edition of the Guide. READ MORE>

Buy the Full 9th edition Guide in Hardcover or Fully Searchable Digital Download Here

After two hard years of updating and editing, Wine behind the label 9th edition is born!
Editors David Moore and Neville Blech along with their team of contributors have provided the most comprehensive overhaul of the project in its extensive history. As well as the guide there will be much else to look forward to in the coming months: READ MORE>

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We have recently been introduced to another glass manufacturer from Austria and we just couldn’t resist the unique design of their “Double Bend” range.



The 500ml MT-DB Allround glass has a conical base, designed to accommodate small tasting pours and make it easier to swirl the wine. READ MORE>

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Featured Wineries

Beyerskloof Stellenbosch Winemaker and Winery

Beyers Truter, runs this property in a partnership which includes UK based wine merchant Simon Halliday. Here he makes stylish and vibrant Pinotage in a light and elegant style and a dense and burly premium red, the Field Blend which combines Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot. This is in a rich chocolatey style with abundant evidence of new oak. It will be better with five years [...]

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Bilton Stellenbosch

Big, full-blown reds are made here with no shortage of new oak being used. The original Helderberg property dates back to 1726 although Bilton as a modern wine producer was much more recently established with the maiden vintage of 1998 providing just 100 cases. The potential though is much greater than that, the estate vineyards cover some 80 ha and as well as the Bordeaux vari [...]

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AA Badenhorst Swartland

This is a tremendously exciting small winery based in Swartland halfway between Wellington and Malmesbury producing great red and white. As well as the two premium labels covered here the winery also produces a well-priced second label red and white both called Secateurs. The Badenhorst cousins have restored a run-down cellar on their farm which was used originally as a winery [...]

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Beaumont Walker Bay

Based in the Bot River Valley, the Beaumont family farm is halfway between the coastal village of Hermanus and the higher altitude vineyards of Elgin. Good reds are fashioned here as well as some of the better Chenin Blancs in the Cape. In addition to the wines covered here Goutte d’Or (Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc), the premium Vitruvian red blend and Mouvèdre along with a por [...]

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Neville's Blog

2017 ADT Tasting – Part 2

Crowds at the 2017 ADT photo credit Steven Morris The end of January saw the latest annual Australia Day Tasting. It was the largest one yet seen in London and over 1,000 wines were shown from 31 different wine regions. There is also increasing diversity in the style of wines being made and the grape varieties now being cultivated, with those from Italian origins increasing si [...]

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New and diverse wines at the 2017 ADT Tasting

Crowds at the 2017 ADT photo credit Steven Morris New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania The end of January saw the latest annual Australia Day Tasting. It was the largest one yet seen in London and over 1,000 wines were shown from 31 different wine regions. There is also increasing diversity in the style of wines being made and the grape varieties now being cultivated, wit [...]

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New Zealand Wine Tasting London 2017

92 wineries from New Zealand came to London to show off their wares last week, dominated by Pinot Noirs and of course, Sauvignon Blancs. Where are all the Bordeaux varietals we used to see in the past? New Zealanders are still making good kit out of these varietals, but Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons were really scant on the ground at the tasting - there was also one Malbec bu [...]

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Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon

Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon We thought we should bring all our readers some important news. The 10th edition of Wine behind the label, the authoritative guide to the best wine producers and their wines is now in preparation. The digital download will be ready at the end of November and the printed hard cover 1000 page book will be available in early [...]

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David's Blog

2017 ADT Tasting – Part 2

Crowds at the 2017 ADT photo credit Steven Morris The end of January saw the latest annual Australia Day Tasting. It was the largest one yet seen in London and over 1,000 wines were shown from 31 different wine regions. There is also increasing diversity in the style of wines being made and the grape varieties now being cultivated, with those from Italian origins increasing si [...]

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New and diverse wines at the 2017 ADT Tasting

Crowds at the 2017 ADT photo credit Steven Morris New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania The end of January saw the latest annual Australia Day Tasting. It was the largest one yet seen in London and over 1,000 wines were shown from 31 different wine regions. There is also increasing diversity in the style of wines being made and the grape varieties now being cultivated, wit [...]

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Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon

Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon We thought we should bring all our readers some important news. The 10th edition of Wine behind the label, the authoritative guide to the best wine producers and their wines is now in preparation. The digital download will be ready at the end of November and the printed hard cover 1000 page book will be available in early [...]

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Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon

Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon We thought we should bring all our readers some important news. The 10th edition of Wine behind the label, the authoritative guide to the best wine producers and their wines is now in preparation. The digital download will be ready at the end of October and the printed hard cover 1000 page book will be available in early No [...]

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News From Around the Web

Australian vintage looks like defying bad weather to return a good harvest

The early signs across Australia are good that the regions worst affected by bad recent weather are going to be able to produce a good quality vintage after all. Reports are coming in from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Barossa Valley in South Australia that the harvest is well underway and the overall quality of the fruit is good. Bruce Tyrrell, managing di [...]

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Q&A with Elias Fernandez winemaker at Shafer Vineyards in Napa

As part of the 10th edition of  Wine Behind The Label we selected 16 highly talented winemakers who have consistently been able to produce five and sometimes, super five star wines for extra recognition. The first of which we profile here, Elias Fernandez, chief winemaker at Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California. Where and when were you born? 1961 in Stockton, Califor [...]

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Steps to protect China’s currency could see a stop to investment in foreign wineries

The number of Chinese wine producers and businesses looking to buy wine properties overseas could be drastically hit by new Chinese laws tightening up the regulations regarding money being taken out of the country. It has been quite a common event for a major Chinese investor or businessman to buy up prime estate property and land in key wine regions around the world, most n [...]

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Michael Edwards gives his verdict on “superb” Burgundy 2015 vintage

The Côte d’Or in 2015 had one of the warmest summers in recent years. But unlike the arid heat of August 2003 when the temperature at night didn’t fall below 40 degrees C, August 2015 was blessed with cool nights and gentle rain at the beginning and end of the month. In truth, the best estates having learnt the lessons of opulent 2009, this time they started the harvest [...]

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The Latest

The Latest – It’s Summer Sale Time!

It’s Summer sale time! We are pleased to announce that the 10th edition of Wine behind the label is due for publication in the late autumn. We’re very excited about this, but whilst you are waiting for it, we are offering a 20% discount off the printed hard cover book (now £40) and a 50% discount off the digital version (now £14.50) To find out how to obtain thes [...]

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THE LATEST

TWO NEW CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR TEAM Deborah Parker Wong, our USA West Coast contributor, is standing down because of other commitments and has introduced us to Ilona Thompson, who authors the award-winning wine blog www.palatexposure.com.  Ilona will be instrumental in updating our California, Oregon and Washington State entries for the next edition of the guide and will be pr [...]

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THE LATEST – JIM BUDD JOINS THE TEAM

A lot has happened since I last posted “The Latest” Firstly – a BIG welcome to Jim Budd who is going to be updating the Loire Valley and South-West France sections for us. Jim is the acknowledged expert on the wines of the Loire Valley and also a fierce exposer of rip-off wine investment companies. You’ll be hearing a lot from Jim soon. Secondly – I have jus [...]

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The Latest – Mark Thomas Glassware Sale

Among the latest posts to our website, I slag off wine prices in restaurants in my blog page and have written a piece on how to make the most out of it if you go to http://www.winebehindthelabel.org/how-to-choose-wines-in-a-restaurant/ On the Home page we have also put up our Glossary of Wine Terms and a Grape Glossary to help you get around the World of Wine which we hope y [...]

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Restaurant Reviews

Eli’s Table – a birthday treat

As I have mentioned before in these pages, I like to spend my birthday week in New York and to particularly find a restaurant that has good food, a good wine list with prices that won't break the bank. Eli's is a big cavernous place with well-spaced tables - so different from the cramped surroundings of Graffiti where we ate the previous night. But it's what's on the plate w [...]

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Graffiti

One of the more intriguing things about the New York restaurant scene is the ability to find little gems that are going to please and won't break the bank. It's easy to to pay huge sums for eating at the cult and the Michelin starred restaurants, but finding good food at a reasonable price is a difficult exercise. A tip off steered us in the direction of Graffiti -a tiny Asi [...]

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A few days in l’il ol’ Noo York

I like New York. I like to go there around my birthday time. I like to take in the vibrant atmosphere of Manahattan. So yesterday we kicked off with a day-long visit to the Metropolitan Museum to take in a bit of art and to catch up with some of the latest exhibits. Most fascinating was the exhibition of the art produced during the reign of the Iranian rulers of the twelf [...]

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Midsummer House

Midsummer House is a very lovely seemingly unassuming country cottage hiding one of the very best restaurants in the country behind its façade. Daniel Clifford is an amazing chef, well deserving of the 2 Michelin stars awarded to him. It was good to have food that was not too clever by half and dishes that tasted of the component ingredients. There are two set menus (no choice [...]

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