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The Latest – October 2019

New Blogs, Wine Dinner, Gift Card & member discounts We did not send out a Newsletter in September as our colleague, Neville Blech sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer on 6 September so as you might imagine there has been a lull in activities. We cover Neville’s last two blogs below. Blogs on the […]

Snippets from the 2019 Vintage

A Couple of News Snippets from the 2019 Vintage  It’s harvest time in Montalcino. Bindocci: “It will be a great vintage” The harvest is in full swing in Montalcino and grape growers are hard at work picking, which as far as Sangiovese destined for Brunello is concerned, will continue throughout the first ten days of […]

Neville Blech (7th July 1937 – 6th September 2019)

Wine behind the label co-editor, leading contributor and managing director Neville Blech passed away on Friday morning, 6th September at the age of 82. He had been battling cancer for a number of years. He was a qualified chartered accountant whose very considerable knowledge and expertise encompassed both food and wine. He subsequently becamea successful […]

Very sad news

I am very sad to inform you that our co-editor, colleague and friend Neville Blech passed away on Friday morning, 6th September. He had been battling cancer for a number of years. The Wine behind the label team will miss him immensely. We shall continue to develop Wine behind the label and as always, we had […]

Tokaj Classic

Tokaj Classic Winery, Mád, Hungary I have just returned from a visit to Mád, a village in the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region a few kilometres from the town of Tokaj. The village is the home of several of the best-known producers of Tokaji, including Oremus, István Szepry, Royal Tokaji Wine, and Tokaj Classic Winery. Tokaj Classic […]

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Vineyards to visit in Surrey and Berkshire

Greyfriars Vineyard (Surrey) https://www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk/tours Telephone:   +44 (0) 1483 813712  Email:  info@greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk   Producer profile from 11th Edition Michael and Hilary Wagstaff, who met at Oxford, took over this fine vineyard in 2010 known for the quality of its grapes since its inception in 1989. Mike, with a further Masters from Imperial in marine engineering was […]

Château Canon

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 edition of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide or signing up for Club membership which includes a complimentary full […]

Gróf Degenfeld

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 edition of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide or signing up for Club membership which includes a complimentary full […]

Domaine de Trévallon

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David profiles an outstanding domaine from […]

Dog Point Vineyard

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David profiles one of the best […]

Fourcas Dupré bought by a Breton entrepreneur.

On July 31, 2019, Gérard Jicquel acquired Château Fourcas Dupré in Listrac-Medoc. This French entrepreneur is a co-founder and partner (with Christian Roulleau who acquired Château Dauzac in Margaux at the beginning of the year) from the group SAMSIC, leader of integrated services to companies and sponsor of the Arkéa-Samsic cycling team. This very discreet […]

The Latest – August 2019

The Summer Sale continues until 15th August and we are offering all a 20% discount on our guides and our lead free crystal glasses.  Find details of your discount code here. Leading Champagne House of Deutz have sent us their  assessment of the 2019 season vine flowering. They ask “Should we now consider hard winters […]

Visit one of the UK’s oldest vineyards (Worcs) or sleep amongst the vines (Glos)

Astley Vineyards (Worcestershire) https://www.astleyvineyard.co.uk/ Telephone:  01299 822907 Email:  office@astleyvineyard.co.uk Producer profile from 11th Edition – Updated  Once the most northerly vineyard in the world, Astley Vineyard was established in the Severn Valley 10 miles north of Worcester in 1971. The original founders, the Bache Family were visionaries, planting varieties such as Madeleine Angeline and Siegerrebe […]

Heading South West ? Visit a vineyard in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Langham Wine Estate (Dorset) https://langhamwine.co.uk/ Telephone:   +44(0)1258 839095 Email:  info@langhamwine.co.uk Producer profile from the 11th edition – updated In the heart of Dorset, a jewel of Hardy Country, the Langham Estate sits next to the magnificent Bingham’s Melcombe manor house, Grade 1 listed, and little changed since the reign of Edward VI. The Langham vineyard […]

Antica

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David provides a new profile of […]

La Pèira

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David profiles one of the very […]

Tenuta Sant’ Antonio

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville profiles recently added Tenuta Sant’Antonio […]

Biondi-Santi

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville profiles recent changes at Biondi […]

SUMMER PUDDING WITH CHANTILLY CREAM

SUMMER PUDDING WITH CHANTILLY CREAM 600GR OF FROZEN SUMMER FRUIT OR 500GR OF FRESH SUMMER FRUIT 100/120 GR SUGAR  A DASH OF APPLE JUICE, A SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE A DASH OF LIQUEUR OF YOUR CHOICE PAPER THIN SLICES OF BROWN BREAD, 200GR OF DOUBLE CREAM Put the sugar with a dash of apple juice […]

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Champagne Deutz – News of Flowering

The leading Champagne house of Deutz have just sent us their assessment of the 2019 season vine flowering. This is what they report.   “Should we now consider hard winters to be a thing of the past? That is the question we can legitimately be asking ourselves this year. We certainly didn’t have any really […]

News of Wine Paris 2020

For wine merchants, buyers and restaurants we are bringing you some advanced details of the substantial Paris based wine fair held early next year. Here then comes news of the event from the organisers. After a successful inaugural event and with 7 months to go before it officially opens, WINE PARIS is more than ever […]

An Interview with Matteo Furlan – UK Sommelier of the Year

Matteo Furlan, the head sommelier at The Ritz, London, has recently been voted the Villa Sandi  UK Sommelier of the Year by showing remarkable in-depth knowledge of wine and wine service skills. I know – I was one of the judges! Having earned this top accolade, I wanted to know what makes him tick. Here’s an […]

Wine Calling (Le Vin se Lève)

Wine Calling (Le Vin se Lève)   I recently saw this film at The French Institute in South Kensington, made with great passion by director Bruno Sauvard and here is the Press Release   “Recently the world of wine has been in full effervescence, shaken by a counter culture as strong as the rock scene […]

Maison Boisset acquiring Alex Gambal

The Boisset wine group is in the course of completing the purchase of the small American owned Burgundy producer Alex Gambal. The Boisset family has significant winery investments in France and in California with a vineyard area of over 700 ha. They also have an involvement in leading wine writer Steven Spurriers English sparkling wine […]

The Latest – July 2019

The Latest – July 2019 Summer Sale! Summer is upon us at last and imbued with the spirit of adventure we are offering all a 20% discount on our guides and our lead free crystal glasses until August 15th. Find details of your discount code here. Holiday news! We are very pleased to announce that we […]

Château Talbot

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Ch. Talbot and […]

Ferghettina – full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you regular full profiles from the 11th & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville profiles Ferghettina  in Lombardy. Ferghettina (Franciacorta) Roberto […]

Member winery updates for July 2019

We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with regular updates for the now published 11th edition of Wine behind the label and here we bring you our updates for the 12 edition. Here then is the full list of updates to July 2019. We have included 31 new profiles and have […]

Summer Sale

Summer is upon us at last and imbued with the spirit of adventure we are offering all a 20% discount on our guides and our lead free crystal glasses (not Masnaghetti products) until August 15th. To claim your discount go to “Shop” on our website, choose your product and enter the coupon code “Summerdeal20” when […]

Visit and taste at some of the English wineries featured in our 11th Edition – HAMPSHIRE

As summer beckons do your thoughts turn to a long, languorous summer visiting beautiful vineyards; perhaps in France in or Italy; Champagne or Tuscany? In these uncertain times we hope to tempt you with wonderful opportunities closer to home. In our latest 11th edition of Wine behind the label we cover 25 English wine producers […]

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