Blogs behind the label


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 […]

Coteaux du Giennois celebrates 20 years as an appellation

Appellation Coteaux du Giennois is celebrating its first 20 years this year. In 1998 it was promoted from VDQS to full appellation contrôlée status. The VDQS category was created in 1949 and was intended as an in-between status between vin de pays and full appellation. Giennois became a VDQS in 1954. VDQS came to end […]

Monthly winery profile updates for March

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 March. We have now completed 98 new profiles and have added updates to a further […]

Monthly winery profile updates for February

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 February. We have now completed 95 new profiles and have added updates to a further […]

The Loire Central Vineyards – expansion and renaissance

The last 27 years has seen very considerably changes in the Central Loire Vineyards. With one sole exception it has been a tale of success and expansion. It is fascinating to compare the area planted in each of the Central Loire appellation in 1990 with the area planted in 2017.  An overall increase of 2451 […]

In-depth analyses of top restaurant wine lists

Club behind the label members are beginning to receive in-depth analyses of top restaurant wine lists, rated for value and quality, and we thought that we might give everybody a taster of what we are doing in this respect. So for one time, and one time only, here is a preview of what members receive […]

The Wine List at Andrew Edmunds

Andrew Edmunds is a trader and expert in old prints and an opportunity some years ago to acquire the premises next door his Soho establishment and turn it into a restaurant to primarily show off his love for good wine, had enabled him to achieve that, but most importantly at reasonable prices. It’s a bistro-type […]

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The Wine List at 28-50 Marylebone

The 28-50 group of restaurants and Textile  have their wine lists managed by Master Sommelier Clement Robert. It is certainly apparent that the lists have been compiled with a lot of thought and attention to detail, much to the advantage of the consumer. The list at their Marylebone restaurant (they do differ between the 4 […]

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Barolo MGA II

It’s a while since I updated you on what is going on but we have been head down preparing for the 11th edition of Wine behind the label. We are still a little way off completing that but in the meantime, here is the Latest from us. First and foremost we are pleased to announce […]

Monthly winery profile updates for January

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 January. We have now completed 95 new profiles and have added updates to a further […]

Weingut Ernst Triebaumer, Rust, Burgenland, Austria

The first Triebaumer, a Lutheran fleeing from the Catholic Counter-Reformation, arrived in Rust in 1691, married the daughter of a local winemaker, and set the family on its course for the following three-and-a-quarter centuries. Rust is the centre of the production of Ruster Ausbruch botrytis wines, amongst the greatest sweet wines in the world, and […]

New Zealand new releases – part 2

Martinborough, Nelson, Canterbury and Central Otago Here is part two of the New Zealand new release tasting held late last year. A range of wines were shown at retail price points ranging from £8.99 up to £66.00 a bottle. A broad assembly of wineries were represented from industry leaders to small high quality boutique operations […]

Some European Champagne alternatives for New Years Eve and beyond

For many, seeing the New Year in, or enjoying any other celebration in the coming months, requires enjoying the event with a glass of sparkling wine. While most will think immediately of Champagne there are some well-priced and interesting alternatives. I am going to focus here on what readers can find in Italy, Spain and […]

Monthly winery profile updates for December

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 December. We have now completed 88 new profiles and have added updates to a further […]

Andrew Jefford on Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé – all things are not equal

There is a very good post (Sancerre and friends) by Andrew Jefford published on decanter.com on Monday 18th December 2017. Not a surprise that Andrew’s article is good. No the surprise is that this was the first time that such a long established wine writer has visited Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and the other Central Loire appellations. […]

The largely hidden threat of esca: including a conversation with Christophe Mesliard

Esca is a vine fungal disease that usually over time kills the infected vine. It is becoming an increasing threat to the vineyards of France and other parts of Europe. Dying vine Reports on vintages tend to concentrate on how a particular year’s climate has impacted on the quality and quantity of wine made in […]

Offers for Christmas

Following on from our Black Friday deals we are delighted to bring you the same HUGE discounts on our Club behind the label membership subscriptions. Up to and over the Christmas period, Site Membership is available at a massive 33% less at £40 per annum instead £60 and the quarterly subscription goes down from £18 to […]

The Latest – December 2nd

Christmas is nearly coming and our Black Friday offers will continue only for another 7 days when it will be the cut off date for getting the “member10” coupon code discounts on some of our products – go to https://www.winebehindthelabel.org/blog/black-friday-offers/ to take advantage of these. And this will be the last day for ordering the printed […]

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 November. 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 […]

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