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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 […]

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 […]


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 pay huge sums for eating at the cult and the Michelin starred restaurants, but finding good food at a reasonable price is a […]

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 […]

The Definitive Italian Wine Tasting

Every now and again there is a “Definitive Italian Wine Tasting” in London and today I took the chance to visit it and have a look at some of the things on offer. Wines from Puglia, Veneto and Fruili were featured so I stuck to those tables. White wines were generally rather disappointing – even […]

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% […]


Many you have, I am sure, seen the film Sideways – when was it? five or seven years ago (my goodness how time flies) which resulted in Merlot becoming a dirty word at the expense of King Pinot Noir in a hilarious romp by a neurotic author and a cavalier film producer trying to drown […]

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 […]

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 […]

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