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We are pleased to announce 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 £40.00) and a 50% discount off the digital version (now £14.50).

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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...

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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>

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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.



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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

Another fine evening of food and drink

Nick and Lesley Richards are really the perfect hosts and would be to anyone who has a real interest in food and wine. Lesley is a really accomplished cook and Nick's cellar is legendary. He buys for laying down and there's not much available to drink when you visit him that is less than 10 years old. They are both very keen on Spanish food and wine and although the food had a [...]

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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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ANOTHER AWARD FOR WINE BEHIND THE LABEL

Cher Monsieur Moore, cher Monsieur Blech, Je vous remercie tout particulièrement de l’intérêt porté à notre concours international de livres sur la Vigne et le Vin, et la confiance que vous avez accordée au Jury spécialisé de l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin. J’ai l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer que le Jury 2016 a décerné la Menti [...]

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David's Blog

ANOTHER AWARD FOR WINE BEHIND THE LABEL

Cher Monsieur Moore, cher Monsieur Blech, Je vous remercie tout particulièrement de l’intérêt porté à notre concours international de livres sur la Vigne et le Vin, et la confiance que vous avez accordée au Jury spécialisé de l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin. J’ai l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer que le Jury 2016 a décerné la Menti [...]

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Elgin – coastal cool climate gems from the Cape

A southerly view from the vineyards of the Iona Wine Farm Elgin WO (Wine of Origin) is one of the smaller wine districts in South Africa’s Cape wine lands and is now a part of the Cape South Coast region, which includes a number of cooler climate winegrowing areas. Located around an hour’s drive east of Cape Town the vineyards are moderated by cooling breezes from the oc [...]

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Oregon – Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and more

Wine country of the Dundee Hills Oregon is rightly known for the quality of its Pinot Noirs from the appellations of the Willamette Valley. We will look at a few of these in this brief tour around the State but also other well-priced and characterful wines and grapes. In preparation for our 10th editions, the wineries mentioned here I think are producing some great wines both [...]

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California – Life beyond Cabernet and Chardonnay

Continuing with highlights from the Spring tastings, I’ve picked out some interesting and more unusual highlights encountered around California. The State may be best known for Napa Valley and full-blown and exceedingly expensive Cabernet's and Bordeaux blends but there is much else to excite the wine drinker. The wines profiled here may not fall into the cheap category but t [...]

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News From Around the Web

How to Taste Wine

How to Taste Wine So, want to learn how to taste and evaluate a glass of wine like an expert? Easy. Follow our wine tasting tips below but before you start sipping, make sure you’re in the right tasting environment. By Paul Gregutt So, want to learn how to taste and evaluate a glass of wine like an expert? Easy. Follow our wine tasting tips below—but before you star [...]

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Over 55s warned over wine investment scams

One in four over 55s in the UK have fallen victim to investment scams, with wine and diamonds among the most popular vehicles for fraudsters, says the country's Financial Conduct Authority. TAGS: Officials have launched a campaign to warn older adults in the UK about the dangers of alternative investments and to be sceptical about unsolicited phone calls to [...]

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Where is the Birthplace of Wine?

(CNN)Out on the fringes of Europe, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is a country shrouded in mystery. "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Sandwiched between the Caucasus Mountains to the north, the Black Sea to the west and dry deserts to the south, this small country, which borders Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey, is not only a c [...]

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Welsh vineyards ‘could increase to 50 by 2035’ – BBC News

Wales could have 50 vineyards in 20 years' time, according to one grower who is selling Welsh wine to France. Richard Morris, from Ancre Hill estates winery near Monmouth, said other countries with similar climates, such as Nova Scotia in Canada, have already developed a successful wine industry. There are about 17 vineyards in Wales, according to the Welsh Vineyards As [...]

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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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