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Boulevard Napoléon – A full profile

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. On this occasion a fine winery from […]

Calabrian Winery – Rocca Brettia – A full profile

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. On this occasion a top winery from […]

A new 3D map from Alessandro Masnaghetti

Following on the success of Alessandro’s 3D map of the Chianti Classico area, he has now brought out a superb 3D map of his favourite Barolo area. This is the map which all true wine lovers have been waiting for! Unique and innovative, it allows and assists the comprehension in one sole glance of the […]

John Shafer RIP – a personal tribute

John Shafer passed away on Monday at the ripe old age of 94. My first meeting with John was in the mid ‘nineties when he appoint me and my company, The Wine Treasury, to be his agent and distributor in the UK for Shafer Vineyards. We were just beginning to make a name for ourselves […]

The latest – March 2019

A lot has happened since out last Latest report. We have finished the 11th edition of Wine behind the label and whilst the downloadable pdf has been available for some we have had some issues with the printers and it is only just now that we are able to ship. Apologies to those who took […]

A superior pancake dish recipe for Mardi Gras

Forget about tossing a few pancakes and filling them with jam or ham on Shrove Tuesday – impress your friends with Sonia’s superior recipe for a pancake filled with a smoked salmon mousse and prawns, accompanied by asparagus and served on a smoked salmon and tomato sauce. Crêpes farcies à la mousse de saumon fumé […]

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A Fascinating full profile from Israel

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.On this occasion a top winery from Israel. […]

Elystan Street

It’s always nice to find a local neighbourhood restaurant that offers top quality food at reasonable prices. Mind you, you may have to compromise by taking a lunch menu offer, but that’s no bad thing. Sonia and I are very lucky to have a few great restaurants near where we live and having been prompted by […]

The Wine List at Tyddyn Llan

It’s been a little while since we did an in depth analysis of a wine list as we have been heads down getting the 11th edition of Wine behind the label to bed. Now that this has been done we turn our attention to a Michelin-starred restaurant in the depths of North Wales which has […]

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A pre Brexit offer

 A PRE BREXIT OFFER  Mark Thomas lead free Crystal Glassware from Austria Now is a good time to acquire beautiful Mark Thomas lead free wine glasses, hand blown in Austria.  Wine behind the label represents and sells Mark Thomas Glassware in the UK and Ireland.  We can assure you of a 20% discount on our […]

Cobb Wines – a full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & 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.On this occasion a new profile from the 11th edition. […]

Legal Cannabis Poses a Long-Term Risk to All Beverage Alcohol Categories in the U.S.

This is a report from the ISWR, who track total beverage alcohol trends through granular volume, value and forecast data and insights spanning over 150 countries. 37% of Alcohol Drinkers in Legal Cannabis States Also Consume Cannabis, Expected to Grow as Marijuana Acceptance Expands   New York, NY – Though legal cannabis is currently only […]

Robert Biale Vineyards

This is a family-owned artisan winery in the Oak Knoll District of Southern Napa Valley. The Biale family have farmed there since the late 1930s, but it was only in 1991 that the Robert Biale Vineyards as such was established. Robert Biale’s father, Aldo Biale, was only thirteen years old when an accident at the […]

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Gianfranco Soldera dies at the age of 82

One of the most controversial of Brunello’s wine producers, Gianfranco Soldera has just died at the age of 82. His estate of just 8ha produced wines sourced from some of Montalcino’s best slopes (next to Gaja’s PIEVE SANTA RESTITUTA), the grapes are grown organically with great effort going into not only maximising the fruit quality […]

How Southern Italian wines can now vie with the best

Masterclass “A showcase of Southern Italy’s finest” – Richard Ballantyne MW   It wasn’t so many years ago when the wines of Southern Italy were being sent up to the North to bolster up some of the weaker efforts of Italy’s more prestigious wines. Indeed, varietals such as Fiano d’Avelllino and Falanghina were regular components […]

Burgundy en primeur 2017

Once the 2017 was safely in, growers in Burgundy were in holiday, relaxed mood. With good reason, for ‘17 brought much kinder weather, an even and steady ripening and – at last – good quantity for everyone along the Côte d’Or. Very good news after the traumas of frost and hail, three years in a […]

Extension of the pre publication discounts

Imbued as we are with the spirit of Christmas, we have extended the expiry date of our pre publication discounts to January 1st. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year   Neville and David

Wine behind the label 11th digital edition is ready for downloading

Here are the key facts and numbers   This edition now runs to 2613 pages 251 new winery profiles Existing profiles updated Nearly 4,000 wineries with full profiles Approaching 7,000 wineries covered with wines rated Over 26,000 wines rated Major update and overhaul of wine region maps Value for money winemaker awards New Stellar Cellar […]

Update on 11th edition and Wine dinner on October 8th

We really have our heads down doing the final edits for the 11th edition of Wine behind the label. The digital pdf version should be ready either at the end of this month or early next month and the printed version will follow shortly afterwards. Watch this space for more. New numbers :   Over […]

Les Jardins d’Anaïs

  If you ever find yourselves in Luxembourg (and we do often to meet some relatives and friends), you should dine at a beautiful restaurant called LES JARDINS D’ANAÏS set in a huge conservatory with tables in a beautiful garden near a canal. It is also a boutique hotel, situated in the Grund, the old […]

Monthly winery profile updates for July/August

We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with monthly updates ahead of the publication 11th edition of Wine behind the label and this month marks the first full year of these. Here then is the full list of updates including the recent bi-monthly upload for members for July/August ahead of the […]

Cornas legend passes at 93

Auguste Clape was a true legend of not only the appellation of Cornas but of the whole northern Rhône Valley. He passed away this month at the age of 93. Terraced Cornas vines key to the quality of the Clape wines Clape made traditional Cornas of remarkable quality, complexity and the ability to evolve with […]

A significant auction of old DRC wines

A significant auction of old DRC wines are coming up for auction by Sotheby’s in New York on October 13th This October, Sotheby’s will present rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines from the personal cellar of Robert Drouhin in a dedicated auction of 100 lots.  This exceptionally-rare selection was acquired by Mr. Drouhin and his father, Maurice, […]

Contrôles de l’absence de francisation des vins importés

I couldn’t help but chortle when I read an article in decanter.com about the DGCCRF (the French wine police) finding that some retailers and restaurants are passing off Spanish wine as French. You can read the whole article on https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/spanish-wine-france-fraud-dgccrf-396795/?utm_campaign=20180710_XDC-X_NWL_NW_dailynewsalert&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ET What was particularly funny to me was the reporting that “results of the latest investigation could […]

The pro version of our value for money wines app is now here and available to download

This App is called Value for Money Wines Pro, which comes loaded with over 25,000 wines from top producers in the world as found in Wine behind the label. The wines chosen are those wines which have been rated in Wine behind the label over the last 15 years. There are over 25,000 of them […]

Monthly winery profile updates for June

We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with monthly updates ahead of the publication 11th edition of Wine behind the label. We have now completed 123 new profiles and have added updates to a further 152 profiles including adding new wines and ratings. No fewer than 146 separate regions or appellations […]

AZERBAIJAN – LAND OF FIRE

AZERBAIJAN: THE LAND OF FIRE We chose Azerbaijan as a destination for a week’s holiday for no reason: pure curiosity – that it had hosted the Formula One, Saha Hadid had designed one of the most modern and psychedelic cultural museum in Baku, that it was or had been the centre meeting point for the […]

Monthly winery profile updates for May

We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with monthly updates ahead of the publication 11th edition of Wine behind the label and this month marks the first full year of these. Here then is the full list of updates including the recent upload for members for April. We have now completed […]

New App: Value for Money Wines

  We have developed a new Wine App to save anxiety and money when choosing a wine in a shop or restaurant. The Value for Money Wines App will compare the price you are being asked to pay for the wine against the value criteria established in Wine behind the label. A completely free version is now available to download, for both IOS […]

Monthly winery profile updates for April

We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with monthly updates ahead of the publication 11th edition of Wine behind the label and this month marks the first full year of these. Here then is the full list of updates including the recent upload for members for April. We have now completed […]

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