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Q & A with Dani Landi winemaking partner and owner at Comando G and Dani Landi Wines in Spain

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 second of who we profile here, Dani Landi, winemaker and partner at Comando G and making wines under his own label Dani […]


Bordeaux 2016 from The Wine Cellar Insider – Part 2 – Saint-Éstèphe

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the second of a series and for the full version, go to : Jeff Leve […]

Bordeaux 2016 from the Wine Cellar Insider – Part 1

This report covers wines from two appellations, the Haut Medoc and the Medoc , as well as Listrac and Moulis . Those two main areas are massive. Due to their size, as you would expect, the terroir and soils are variable. Terroir really mattered this year, because 2016 Bordeaux is a vintage marked by extremes. The first half of the year was so […]

France’s Henriot buys major share in Oregon’s Beaux Frères

French company Maisons & Domaines Henriot has muscled its way into the American wine market, with the acquisition of a majority ownership stake in one of Oregon’s key Pinot Noir producers Beaux Frères for an undisclosed sum.. The sale includes the winery in Newberg and around 35 acres of vines. Winemaker and cofounder Michael Etzel […]

UK consumers embrace online wine shopping

Brits are three times more likely to buy wine online than the global average, with more than one in five UK consumers (21%) having bought alcohol online behind only China (27%) and Japan (22%). This is according to a report from global e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, in conjunction with Nielsen, which revealed that the global […]

The Latest

THE LATEST APRIL 18TH 2017   We’ve been busy optimising our new website since I last wrote to you and we are almost finished.   In the meantime, there have been several postings to the site – Richard has continued to post up Wine News from Around The Web with news from Bordeaux, Italy and […]

New Zealand exports to US leapfrog those from Australia for the first time

The news will have your average Australian winemaker spluttering into his Chardonnay, but for the first time exports of New Zealand wines to the US have oustripped those from Australia. The value of New Zealand wine exports to the US leapfrogged those of their Antipodean neighbour for the first time last year, according to  industry […]

Global wine production drops as adverse weather takes its toll

Poor weather conditions took its toll on worldwide wine production last year, with volumes dropping by 3.2% in total according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).  Argentina, Brazil, France and Hungary were amongst those countries hit particularly hard. France’s output tumbled particularly heavily, by 3.5 million hectolitres (mhl) and Argentina, the world’s […]

Producers across Italy look to sparkling wine to capitalise on the success of Prosecco

The enormous success of Prosecco is encouraging Italian winemakers in other regions of the country to look at capitalising on its popularity by making sparkling wine alternatives of its own. It is not just the fact that sparkling wine and Prosecco sales are booming it is also the fact that sales of still Italian wines […]


Viva Portugal, Portuguese Grand tasting – Tuesday 4th April

A report from the annual trade tasting by Gary With great anticipation, many of us hot-footed last Tuesday to the annual Portuguese trade tasting in the RHS halls in Victoria. As the WBTL Portuguese writer, as always, I found this an absorbing event: a chance to meet old friends, practise my Portuguese (!) and of […]

Belcanto delivers – worthy of the Michelin 2 Stars

Gary White reviews Belcanto Belcanto is the stand out restaurant in Lisbon and possibly Portugal. It is not cheap at all – and makes London’s Michelin restaurants look affordable – but it was recently voted in the top 50 restaurants in the world – with justification I feel. All staff speak English at this very […]

White wines are driving growth for Bordeaux in the UK as it looks to spread its mainstream appeal

The UK became Bordeaux’s biggest European export market as well as the second largest global export market for its white wines last year, importing more than three million bottles in the process, according to new figures released by its leading wine body the Conseil Interprofessional du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) In 2016 the UK imported […]

Greenwood – A new restaurant in Victoria

Guest blogger Dr Catherine Baudino, discovers a beard bar (among other offerings) in a new local restaurant Greenwood   The Nova Building, Victoria Street, SW1   I visited this new eatery for the first time yesterday – some 3 months after its opening.   The welcome was friendly and worthy of the best restaurants.   […]


            The wine area of Gaillac in South-West France surrounds the cathedral city of Albi, east of Toulouse and north of Carcassone. Cut through by the Tarn River valley, it is a landscape of rolling hills and plateaux. As befits an area which saw extensive warfare during the Albigensian Crusade […]

Wine Behind The Label celebrates 14 years with new guide and re-launched website

Wine Behind The Label has revamped its website with a new look and feel to help bring more of the unique and detailed content contained in the overall guide in to smaller, digestible downloadable information for both wine professionals and enthusiasts alike. Wine Behind The Label has just published its 10th guide, covering over 4,000 […]

Oregon & Washington State Wines – Part 1

    March saw the latest annual tasting of wines from the Pacific North West. I am going to do a round up of new discoveries from both states. This first part focuses on Oregon. The wines from these wineries will be included in the next editions of Wine behind the label and a new […]

EU wine bodies rally around vital UK wine market post Brexit

As the UK triggers Article 50 that sets in motion its formal exit from the EU, major European wine bodies have rallied around to show their support for the UK wine industry and insist they will do all they can to ensure it continues to be a key market for major Europe wine producing countries […]

Major global wine producers buying up New Zealand farms for vineyards

New Zealand’s sheep and dairy farms are being snapped up by some of the world’s biggest wine companies and turned into vineyards in order to satisfy growing demand for premium wine from the US and elsewhere. New Zealand wines command the highest prices of any country after France amongst major exporters, according to the International […]

South Africa needs to raise prices and its image for a sustainable future

South Africa needs to change its international image as a country that produces “cheap and cheerful” wine if it is to really push on and help not only its producers’ future but make its industry sustainable in the long term. It is not just an international problem but the price of wines sold in the […]


The Latest – 2nd April 2017 Welcome to the latest news from Wine behind the label First and foremost – OUR NEW WEBSITE IS UP AND RUNNING! Here you can see our big new feature, which are our regional guides that can be accessed from the interactive maps on the site, starting from the Home […]

UK wine and drinks industry braced for four more years of inflationary duty rises

The UK drinks industry needs to brace itself for duty increases on alcohol for the next four years, after last month’s budget in which the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an increase in duty on alcoholic drinks in line with inflation. This is according to the chief executive of the UK’s Wine and Spirits Trade Association […]

The New Bulgarian Wine Tasting

A Trade tasting of wines from Bulgaria was held in London last week and I attended looking for some “new kids on the block” and some updates on producers already known to us for the next edition of Wine behind the label. I took the opportunity to taste the new orange wine from Villa Melnik. […] was conceived over a lunch in 2006 by David Campbell, a publisher of wine books (ex Mitchell Beazley, ex Hachette and now Everyman’s Library) and Esme Johnstone, the founder of Majestic Wine Warehouse and subsequently repaired to Ch. de Sours in Bordeaux. I had occasion to attend their 2017 portfolio tasting in […]

The Plageoles of Gaillac: Historic Grapes and Traditional Winemakers

The Plageoles of Gaillac: Historic Grapes and Traditional Winemakers The wine area of Gaillac in South-West France surrounds the cathedral city of Albi, east of Toulouse and north of Carcassone, although the vineyards themselves are overwhelmingly to the west of the city. This is arguably the oldest wine-growing area in France, dating back to the […]
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A glimpse of the 2016 Bordeaux wines

GRAND CERCLE 2016 PRIMEURS TASTING   It’s early, really early to get an idea of what the 2016 Bordeaux wines are going to be like.   Already there is talk from the vignerons that 2016 is going to an outstanding vintage. With 2015 already being hailed (justifiably) as the best vintage since 2010, is 2016 […]

Friarwood’s 50th Anniversary Tasting

When I had my restaurant, I was of course, inundated by wine suppliers trying to sell me wine. As my list was considered pretty adventurous and avant garde in those days, I didn’t have much time for conventional, run of the mill wholesalers. One such of these was Friarwood, who seemed to major on Bordeaux […]

Another Fine Evening Matching Wine and Food

It’s always an extreme pleasure to be invited to Nick and Lesley Richards for dinner. Lesley is a really accomplished amateur chef and Nick’s ability to choose quality wines and store them until they are mature enough to drink satisfactorily is legendary. The wine theme for this evening was New Zealand. Here is what we […]

China set to replace UK as world’s biggest retail market by 2020

China is set to replace the UK as the second biggest retail market for wine behind the United States by 2020, according to new data released this week by Vinexpo and IWSR. It currently sits fourth in the top 10 biggest global retail markets for value for still and sparkling wines at $15,529m compared to […]

California set for bumper 2018 vintage after heavy rainfalls and floods

California is set to enjoy one of its largest ever vintages in 2018 on the back of what has been two months of heavy rains which may have lead to widespread flooding but have been good news for vineyards and producers and the health of their vines. Californian wine growers usually benefit from rain falls […]


THE LATEST It’s been a while since I have reported to you what’s going on at Wine behind the label, but that’s because we have been busy working on a new website which will completely overhaul the old one. It should be up and running in two or three weeks, but in the meantime we […]

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