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Our Black Friday Offers

We thought that we would join the Black Friday game by offering some HUGE discounts on our Club behind the label membership subscriptions. For a limited period from today, Site Membership will now cost a massive 33% less at £40 per annum instead £60 and the quarterly subscription goes down from £18 to £12. Pro Membership, is […]

Monthly winery profile updates for November

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. Here then is a full list of updates including the recent upload for members for October. We have now completed 80 new profiles and have added updates to a further […]

Jordanian Wines, Ancient And Modern

Not long ago, my husband and I spent eight days in Jordan as part of an historical and archaeological tour. Naturally I was looking forward to drinking Jordanian wines, about which I knew virtually nothing. What I had not anticipated was that I would also see two ancient wineries. Thanks to the knowledge of our […]

Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Cru Vallet

November 12th 2017 saw the official launch of Cru Vallet, the latest Muscadet Cru to seek recognition by the INAO and the French Government. Cru Vallet would be the 10th Muscadet Cru Communaux assuming that all goes to plan and that it gains recognition. It is also the potentially largest in terms of area planted […]

New Zealand New Release Tasting

Part 1 – Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough This last week saw the New Zealand new release tasting in London. Held on October 31st in the Penthouse in the New Zealand High Commission with panoramic views of a somewhat grey autumn day in central London a range of wines were shown at retail price points ranging […]

The Latest – November 8th

Breaking News  The new, improved VinGardeValise wine carrying suitcase Grande04 is now available in the UK. What’s the difference between this and the old 02? The VGV® Grande 4.0 features a 100% polycarbonate shell with closed-cell foam The new asymmetrical Hinomoto wheels make the VGV® easy for you to maneuver A lift handle, located at […]

An Interview with Clément Robert – Master Sommelier

Clément Robert is the wine buyer for the wine-focussed 28-50 and Textile group of restaurants. Whilst the four 28-50 casual dining restaurants sport a regular and “Fine and Rare” list totalling about 200 bins, the Michelin-starred Textile boasts of a 600 bin wine list. As far as wine lists go, Clément believes in “horses for […]

Weingut Rainer Wess

The father-daughter combination of Rainer and Christina Wess work in tandem in both the vineyards and the winery – deciding when to pick, what yeast to use, and when to bottle. Whilst Rainer appears to do more of the clambering around the tanks, Christina takes the lead in marketing. It’s a successful combination, with Weingut […]

The Latest – October 24th

Things have been happening since my last post on “The Latest”. First and foremost, we have a new wine dinner at The Yacht in the offing on Thursday November 23rd. Hervé Kerlann, of Ch. de Laborde, in Burgundy will be on hand to guide us through the wines at this 4 course dinner, preceded by […]

Monthly winery profile updates for October

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. Here then is a full list of updates including the recent upload for members for October. We have now completed 69 new profiles and have added updates to a further […]

Wine Lovers Continue to Toast World-wide

The team at Remedy Liquor in Los Angeles have produced some interesting statistics about wine consumption around the world. Test your friends’ knowledge next time you play Trivial Pursuits in the pub!     4 Interesting Facts About Wine     Foodies love to try something new every now and then, but their connection with the […]

Fancy a wine and food destination that is different?

Virginia is, in essence, an exciting new kid on the block as far as being a wine and food destination. When I first visited a few years back I was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality produced in the burgeoning vineyards there and even the more established ones who certainly seemed to get the […]

The Latest – September 26th – It’s nearly Christmas!

If you are looking for an opportunity to offer a unique product to your customers, employees, friends, etc., either as a Christmas “thank you for your business” present, or as a reward incentive for best employees, you can obtain from us multiple copies of a handsomely bound, 1,000 page hardback wine guide.   Wine behind […]

Monthly winery profile updates

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. It seems like a good time to give all our readers a full list of the updates. We have now completed 61 new profiles and have added updates to a […]

Wine investment can work

My previous post highlighted the many scams associated with wine investment. However, wine investment can work provided certain conditions are met. Please note that my comments concerning the tax position relate to the UK only.   It is crucial to buy the right wine from the right vintage at the right time and price from […]

A Winery on Vancouver Island

My husband Michael and I spent last week at a family reunion on Vancouver Island. Along with the beautiful scenery, the island has a burgeoning wine industry, and I wanted to take a half-day to visit at least one producer and taste his range of wines. We were staying in the island’s capital, Victoria, and […]

Chartogne -Taillet – a grower’s view of a well- tended vineyard

  Alexandre Chartogne is one of the rising stars of Champagne, a protégé of Anselme Selosse. Alexandre’s family had been vignerons since 1687 in the north west of the Champagne appellation at Merfy in the Massif St. Thierry above Reims. This beautiful district was famous for the quality of its wines in the 19th century […]

Wine and Food at the Edinburgh Festival

My husband and I recently spent a week at the Edinburgh Festival, interweaving going to Monteverdi operas with having lunch at some celebrated restaurants. We booked two of them, both of which have Michelin stars, several weeks before driving up, and all three turned out to be part of one organization. On our first full […]

The risks and pitfalls of wine investment

The risks and pitfalls of wine investment  By Jim Budd How to protect yourself against wine investment scams and similar scams.  Wine can be a worthwhile alternative investment providing you buy the right wines at the right price and the right time from a legitimate company. Unfortunately like a number of other alternative investments it […]

Report on our Sancerre Dinner

We held our Sancerre dinner on “The Yacht” London on July 27th which was a rip-roaring success. Christophe Mangeart, who is the director and winemaker for the Sancerre cooperative, took us through the wines to show the diversity of the appellation. Starting off with a fruity “Guillopées” 2016 Rosé to accompany canapés in the Stateroom, […]

Healthy eating – Venere Black Rice

Venere black rice is named after the goddess Venus and the main growing area is in the vicinity of Novara in the Po Valley in the south west corner of the province of Piedmont. This is very much like the black rice which was grown in China, traditionally reserved only for the tables of the nobility […]
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The Latest – August 4th

There’s still time to take advantage of our summer sale offer of £199 instead of £297 for the VinGardeValise wine carrying suitcase. (UK delivery only). Sale ends August 31st when it will revert back to the normal price. Following on Gary’s weekend in Oporto, I followed up with a sort of rest of the week […]

There’s more to Oporto (and the Douro) besides Port

BY NEVILLE BLECH Following on Gary’s blog on a weekend in Oporto, I spent a little time in the area myself, primarily to attend a wedding but also took the opportunity to look at the surroundings in more detail.   Oporto in July is busy with tourists – apart from the obvious wine and Port […]

Tyddyn Llan revisited

It’s more than 2 years since I last stayed at Tyddyn Llan and I must say nothing has changed my opinion that Bryan Webb is one of the best chefs in the UK and probably the best fish cook in the country. Our 3 day sojourn was truly fantastic as a quiet holiday celebrating my […]

An interview with Dirk NIepoort

Dirk Niepoort is probably the Douro’s greatest ambassador and was in the vanguard of putting table wines from the area on the map maybe 15 years or so ago and now leads a plethora of producers who have been adding table wines to their Port portfolios. I visited him recently at his estate at Quinta […]

Spain – 2017 Highlights from the Tastings – Cataluña

This is the first of a number blog articles covering new discoveries from a number of tastings over the spring and early summer including the Fenavin Wine Fair (recently reviewed), the Viñateros tasting in London, the recent London Wine Fair as well as samples sent in from wineries. These bodegas will all be featured in […]

History of Wine part 3 – Rome and Pliny, The Early Wine Connoisseur

Although the Greeks did differentiate between wines geographically – wine from Lesbos was of a certain quality, for example – true connoisseurship apparently had to await the Romans. Here, my hero is Pliny the Elder, who is probably remembered primarily for being killed in 79 AD by the eruption of Vesuvius. But in his own […]

Untying Tuscany – a quick guide to the wine region and its styles

Untying Tuscany – a quick guide to the wine region and its styles Introduction Tuscany in central Italy is famous for many things – the glorious art, architecture and culture of Florence and Siena, the Tuscan countryside, its beautiful rolling hills and breath-taking villas and, of course, its food and wine. In terms of wine, […]

An Interview with Justin Knock MW of Philglass and Swiggot

In the first of a series of interviews with the owners of independent wine shops in the UK, I talk to Justin Knock MW about the philosophy behind the Philglass and Swiggot brand in the two shops that they own in London. Justin also heads up the UK office of the Wine Institute of California, […]

The Latest – July 18th

Our first comprehensive travel blog has been posted by Gary White on the vinous merits of Oporto. You will be able to spend a wondrous few days there by following his advice. In fact – I’m off to Oporto this afternoon and I am certainly looking forward to trying out his recommendations. And of course, […]

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