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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, […]

A weekend in Oporto

A weekend in Oporto By Gary White The city of Porto (O Porto = the port) in north west Portugal is the country’s second city and famous for its historic connections with Britain and association with the port wine industry. The city is popular as a short-break destination for Brits, especially wine appreciators who like […]

South Africa’s Old Vine Project Tasting

At the end of June there was a special tasting in London organised by Wines of South Africa showcasing a wide selection of wines presented under their Old Vines Project in the comfortable backdrop of the Reading Room at South Africa House. You can also read about the background of the South Africa Old Vine […]

The Latest – July 9th 2017 – Summer sale!!

SUMMER SALE!! With summer holidays on the horizon, you may wonder how you can bring home those incredible wines you tasted whilst you were away safely and securely. The VinGardeValise VGV02 wine carrying suitcase is the perfect answer to this problem which allows you to bring home from 2 to 12 bottles INTACT! We will […]

Steak Tartare – something for the summer

With the summer heat upon us, Sonia has produced a recipe for that old favourite – Steak Tartare. The important thing is to buy the best quality beef that you can for this. Don’t buy ready minced meat – usually it is of poor quality – best to use the trimmings from a nice piece […]
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Boxcar Deli & Grill – a real meat restaurant

There are hamburger joints and hamburger joints plus and now we have discovered a hamburger joint plus plus. Well, it’s not JUST  a hamburger joint because there is also real, tender, delicious beef available, sliced off the rib and cooked just the way you like it. Boxcar has only been open for 3 weeks and […]

Vinexpo 2017

It seems to be inevitable that Vinexpo coincides with a heatwave and this year it was no exception. Sweltering in a 39C heatwave, it was lucky that the aircon didn’t fail – as it did once! My brief as is my wont these days, is to look for the unusual and maybe off-the -wall producers, […]

Veuve Clicquot’s New Extra Brut Extra Old (EBEO)

Heritage & Innovation  Michael Edwards provides details of a special new multi vintage blend from Veuve Clicquot and tastes some equally remarkable old vintages.     Extra Brut Extra Old previewed this April in London and Edinburgh is a modern, intricate expression of Veuve Clicquot’s 200-year old core heritage, ever since the great lady herself […]

The Latest – June 16th 2017

Since my last announcement of “The Latest”, we’ve been busy communicating with wine news from around the world with news about Prosecco, Brexit and South Africa. Kathy Burk has also been very busy with the second instalment of her History of Wine as well as a comprehensive blog on her recent visit to Romania. David […]

Romania and Its Wines

Romania as a wine-producing country is a conundrum. As a quantity producer, its history stretches back to its position as Dacia, a province of the Roman empire, but as a quality producer, its history must be measured in decades, not centuries. In the 19th century, it suffered the same phylloxera devastation as the rest of […]

Weingut Wittmann – a vertical Grand Cru tasting

Another shining beacon that stands out in a sea of Liebfraumilch in the Rheinhessen area, the wines from Weingut Wittmann exude quality. Philipp Wittmann came to London last month to give us a vertical tasting of his Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) wines from his three top vineyards.  Farming organically since 1990 and being completely biodynamic since […]

Fenavin 2017

This blog is very much aimed at the wine trade but I will be doing a couple of round up pieces about the wine and winery highlights encountered which were interesting to say the least. In particular, a red light, unfortified wine aged under flor yeast in amphora. It was in fact very good and […]

History of Wine part 2 – the Greeks

In many parts of the ancient world, such as in Egypt, wine was drunk primarily by the kings and the upper classes. In Greece, however, it was drunk by everybody. It played an important role in The Odyssey of Homer, in Odysseus’ fight with Polyphemus. Odysseus relates how he had saved from harm Maron, a […]

The Latest – June 2nd 2017

Hi Everybody Here is what we have been up to over the last couple of weeks. We have continued to post up interesting wine news from around the world, culminating with the historic victory by Champagne Jayne over the CIVC (Comité Champagne) over her right to use the name “Champagne” as part of her business […]

Sushi of Smoked Salmon and Oysters in Guinness and Soya

Now we are moving into official summer days, it’s time to think about something refreshing to kick off lunch or dinner. Fortunately oysters are available all year round now and this dish is not dependent on any nuances as to where the oysters come from. This is a recipe invented by Sonia in 1993 at […]
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The Horst Sauer Masterclass

It’s a while since I last visited Horst Sauer’s domain at Escherndorf by the river Main in the Franken area of Germany. I was introduced to the estate by a very distinguished German hotelier whose hotel also boasted of a Michelin-starred restaurant and a superb wine list. He took me there as proof that in […]
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Impressions of the London Wine Fair 2017

Visiting Wine Fairs can be a bit soul destroying – there is too much of a scrum at some stands and not a lot of interest at others. The London Wine Fair is no exception although this year there seemed to be a lack of presence from some of the big players – No Wines […]

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 […]

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