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BORDEAUX 2016 FROM THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER – PART 7 – POMEROL

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the seventh of a series and for the full version,  go to :http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2017/04/2016-pomerol-report-tasting-notes-ratings-harvest-info-buying-guide/ Jeff Leve […]
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The History and Culture of wine

So who first invented wine?  It is probably more to the point to ask, who first discovered wine?  It is not difficult to make it.  On the outside skin of the grape is the yeast and on the inside is the sweet juice:  mix them together, leave it for a few days for the yeast […]

Oregon & Washington State Wines – Part 2

Rather belated, this is the second part of our review from the latest annual tasting of wines from the Pacific North West. This second part focuses on a small round up of new winery and selected wine discoveries from Washington State. As I mentioned in the Oregon review the wines from these wineries will be […]

The Latest – May 15th 2017

The Latest 15th May 2017 Our Club behind the label Membership is gathering momentum and we welcome all our new members. There are some special notices for you at the end of this bulletin. You can register for free at https://www.winebehindthelabel.org/user-registration/ and we’ll get back to you with further details of your type of membership, subscription […]

BORDEAUX 2016 FROM THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER – PART 6 – PÉSSAC-LÉOGNAN & GRAVES

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the sixth of a series and for the full version, go to :the winecellarinsider.com/…/2016-pessac-leognan-graves-tasting-notes-ratings-red-white-wine-ratings-best-wines/ Jeff […]
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The first edition of Loire Millésime: 19th – 22nd April 2017

I have recently returned from the first edition of Loire Millésime organised by Interloire. It was based in the now magnificently restored Abbey of Fontevraud (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbaye_Notre-Dame_de_Fontevraud). We were lodged in the attached Hotel de Fontevraud (www.fontevraud.fr/Dormir-a- Fontevraud/l-hotel), which has also been extensively renovated and greatly improved since I stayed there some 12 years ago. Enjoying […]

Bordeaux 2016 from The Wine Cellar Insider – Part 5 – Pauillac

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the fifth of a series and for the full version, go to : http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2017/04/2016-pauillac-tasting-notes-ratings-best-wines/ Jeff Leve […]
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CLAUDE BOSI AT BIBENDUM

  CLAUDE BOSI AT BIBENDUM   Sonia and I always try to go to a good restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Last year we went to the 2 Michelin star Midsummer House in Cambridge and the year before that we were at Mosimann’s in Belgravia.   So it was quite fortuitous that we heard […]

Bordeaux 2016 from The Wine Cellar Insider – Part 4 – Saint-Julien

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the fourth of a series and for the full version, go to : http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2017/04/2016-margaux-tasting-notes-ratings-best-wines/ Jeff Leve […]

Bordeaux 2016 from The Wine Cellar Insider – Part 3 – Margaux

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the third of a series and for the full version, go to : http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2017/04/2016-margaux-tasting-notes-ratings-best-wines/ Jeff Leve […]

The latest – April 26th 2017

The Latest 26th April 2017  Our Club behind the label Membership pages are now open to all wine lovers and particularly those who are involved as wine professionals.   Some of the Benefits of the membership are: Discounts on products, wine tastings and wine dinners Searchable database of all 4000 producers and 18,000 wines reviewed in […]

Bordeaux 2016 from The Wine Cellar Insider – Part 2 – Saint-Éstèphe

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the second of a series and for the full version, go to : http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2017/04/2016-saint-estephe-tasting-notes-ratings-comments-top-wines/ Jeff Leve […]

Bordeaux 2016 from the Wine Cellar Insider – Part 1

This report covers wines from two appellations, the Haut Medoc and the Medoc , as well as Listrac and Moulis . Those two main areas are massive. Due to their size, as you would expect, the terroir and soils are variable. Terroir really mattered this year, because 2016 Bordeaux is a vintage marked by extremes. The first half of the year was so […]

The Latest

THE LATEST APRIL 18TH 2017   We’ve been busy optimising our new website since I last wrote to you and we are almost finished.   In the meantime, there have been several postings to the site – Richard has continued to post up Wine News from Around The Web with news from Bordeaux, Italy and […]

Viva Portugal, Portuguese Grand tasting – Tuesday 4th April

A report from the annual trade tasting by Gary With great anticipation, many of us hot-footed last Tuesday to the annual Portuguese trade tasting in the RHS halls in Victoria. As the WBTL Portuguese writer, as always, I found this an absorbing event: a chance to meet old friends, practise my Portuguese (!) and of […]

Belcanto delivers – worthy of the Michelin 2 Stars

Gary White reviews Belcanto Belcanto is the stand out restaurant in Lisbon and possibly Portugal. It is not cheap at all – and makes London’s Michelin restaurants look affordable – but it was recently voted in the top 50 restaurants in the world – with justification I feel. All staff speak English at this very […]

Greenwood – A new restaurant in Victoria

Guest blogger Dr Catherine Baudino, discovers a beard bar (among other offerings) in a new local restaurant Greenwood   The Nova Building, Victoria Street, SW1   I visited this new eatery for the first time yesterday – some 3 months after its opening.   The welcome was friendly and worthy of the best restaurants.   […]

GAILLAC, AN AREA OF HISTORIC GRAPES AND UNUSUAL WINES

            The wine area of Gaillac in South-West France surrounds the cathedral city of Albi, east of Toulouse and north of Carcassone. Cut through by the Tarn River valley, it is a landscape of rolling hills and plateaux. As befits an area which saw extensive warfare during the Albigensian Crusade […]

Oregon & Washington State Wines – Part 1

    March saw the latest annual tasting of wines from the Pacific North West. I am going to do a round up of new discoveries from both states. This first part focuses on Oregon. The wines from these wineries will be included in the next editions of Wine behind the label and a new […]

THE LATEST

The Latest – 2nd April 2017 Welcome to the latest news from Wine behind the label First and foremost – OUR NEW WEBSITE IS UP AND RUNNING! Here you can see our big new feature, which are our regional guides that can be accessed from the interactive maps on the site, starting from the Home […]

The New Bulgarian Wine Tasting

A Trade tasting of wines from Bulgaria was held in London last week and I attended looking for some “new kids on the block” and some updates on producers already known to us for the next edition of Wine behind the label. I took the opportunity to taste the new orange wine from Villa Melnik. […]

FromVineyardsDirect.com

    FromVineyardsDirect.com was conceived over a lunch in 2006 by David Campbell, a publisher of wine books (ex Mitchell Beazley, ex Hachette and now Everyman’s Library) and Esme Johnstone, the founder of Majestic Wine Warehouse and subsequently repaired to Ch. de Sours in Bordeaux. I had occasion to attend their 2017 portfolio tasting in […]

The Plageoles of Gaillac: Historic Grapes and Traditional Winemakers

The Plageoles of Gaillac: Historic Grapes and Traditional Winemakers The wine area of Gaillac in South-West France surrounds the cathedral city of Albi, east of Toulouse and north of Carcassone, although the vineyards themselves are overwhelmingly to the west of the city. This is arguably the oldest wine-growing area in France, dating back to the […]
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A glimpse of the 2016 Bordeaux wines

GRAND CERCLE 2016 PRIMEURS TASTING   It’s early, really early to get an idea of what the 2016 Bordeaux wines are going to be like.   Already there is talk from the vignerons that 2016 is going to an outstanding vintage. With 2015 already being hailed (justifiably) as the best vintage since 2010, is 2016 […]

Friarwood’s 50th Anniversary Tasting

When I had my restaurant, I was of course, inundated by wine suppliers trying to sell me wine. As my list was considered pretty adventurous and avant garde in those days, I didn’t have much time for conventional, run of the mill wholesalers. One such of these was Friarwood, who seemed to major on Bordeaux […]

Another Fine Evening Matching Wine and Food

It’s always an extreme pleasure to be invited to Nick and Lesley Richards for dinner. Lesley is a really accomplished amateur chef and Nick’s ability to choose quality wines and store them until they are mature enough to drink satisfactorily is legendary. The wine theme for this evening was New Zealand. Here is what we […]

THE LATEST

THE LATEST It’s been a while since I have reported to you what’s going on at Wine behind the label, but that’s because we have been busy working on a new website which will completely overhaul the old one. It should be up and running in two or three weeks, but in the meantime we […]

Michael Edwards gives his verdict on “superb” Burgundy 2015 vintage

The Côte d’Or in 2015 had one of the warmest summers in recent years. But unlike the arid heat of August 2003 when the temperature at night didn’t fall below 40 degrees C, August 2015 was blessed with cool nights and gentle rain at the beginning and end of the month. In truth, the best […]

2017 ADT Tasting – Part 2

Crowds at the 2017 ADT photo credit Steven Morris The end of January saw the latest annual Australia Day Tasting. It was the largest one yet seen in London and over 1,000 wines were shown from 31 different wine regions. There is also increasing diversity in the style of wines being made and the grape […]

New and diverse wines at the 2017 ADT Tasting

Crowds at the 2017 ADT photo credit Steven Morris New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania The end of January saw the latest annual Australia Day Tasting. It was the largest one yet seen in London and over 1,000 wines were shown from 31 different wine regions. There is also increasing diversity in the style of […]

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