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Yohan Castaing’s top 100 Bordeaux 2018 wines – 91-100

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without […]

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Pan fried fillet of marinated sea bass with English salsify and Ras Hanout rice

  The fish: Sea Bass or any other fish   125 gr of filleted skinned fish per person. Put an equal quantity of Hoisin sauce, sweet chilli sauce and soya sauce on a plate, enough to marinate the fish plus some extra for the sauce. Chop some fresh ginger very finely, about the size of […]

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Jean-François Jacouton

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 Moore profiles Jean-Francois Jacouton  from […]

Bordeaux 2018: a vintage with extra soul.

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without […]

Château Clinet

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. Clinet a […]

Monthly member winery updates for April 2019

We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with monthly updates for the now published 11th edition of Wine behind the label and this month marks the first of our updates for the 12 edition. Here then is the full list of updates for April 2019. We kick off with 14 new […]

Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey

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. Clos Haut-Peyraguey […]

Betz Family Winery

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 Moore profiles the Betz Family […]

The Latest – April 2019

Our March highlights and updates for you since the last Latest! David found many excellent wineries showing at the Thorman Hunt 40th Anniversary Portfolio tasting and highlights will be featured in our blogs in the next few weeks. Meanwhile you can catch up with Neville’s profile of Rocca Brettia, a top winery in Calabria, Michael […]

Sauté of calf’s kidneys with a Port and crême fraîche sauce

For lovers of offal, this is a quick and easy way to prepare a delicious tasty meal   For 4 people   Ingredients:   500gr calf’s kidneys 2 small onions finely chopped 100 to 150gr of thinly sliced Paris mushrooms or if in season cêpes Half a teaspoon of dried coriander in powder.   You […]

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LUNCH AT LE COLOMBIER

It’s always great to have a good local restaurant and we are lucky to have several around us to cater for the well-heeled residents of Chelsea & Kensington. Le Colombier is an oasis of French popular cuisine – a typical restaurant that you would find in any corner of France – no frills, entirely predictable, […]

THE WINE LIST AT LE COLOMBIER

Le Colombier is a typical French restaurant in London’s affluent Chelsea area. A review of a meal at a recent visit can be found on our restaurant review page which is available to  all readers, but this in-depth analysis of its wine list is available to Club Members only. The wines on the list are, […]

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Champagne Ayala

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 Michael Edwards profiles Ayala in Champagne. […]

Barboursville Vineyards

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 Kathleen Burk assesses the Barboursville Vineyards […]

Vincent Delaporte – 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 Jim Budd reviews the […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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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 […]

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