Blogs behind the label

An Identity Crisis?

The Vini ad Arte convention was held at the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza on 21st and 22nd February. The protagonists of this event were the eight founder members of the Convito di Romagna (Tre Monti, Stefano Ferrucci, Fattoria Zerbina, Poderi Moroni, Calonga, Drei Dona-Tenuta La Palazza, San Patrignano and San Valentino) as well as […]

Another Good Boy Lost

This is what I used to say when my friends got married! However, this time it applies to Tim Atkin’s wine column in The Observer which is about to be crushed. This Sunday will be the last time it will appear in full as it is going to be reduced to an indication of price […]

A Hedonistic Evening

Every now and again you are entitled to a treat. I had one the other night with my friend, Peter Young. Some months ago, Peter brought me a bottle of Penfolds Grange 1999 when he came up from Dover (where he lives) for an overnight stay in London with me. I had already opened other […]

We’ve gone live!

After spending too many days getting it all together, we are (almost) ready to go! There are a few more goodies to bring in but basically, the 7th edition of Wine Behind The Label is ready to roll. Go to the bacchanalians page to take full advantage  

All will age gracefully for well over a decade

We are not talking about Brigitte, Sophia or Lauren here, but David Moore’s description of the single vineyard cuvées of Domaine Tempier’s Bandol in Provence on page 280 of the new edition of Wine Behind The Label. We had the opportunity of drinking a bottle of the 1998 Tourtine  cuvée the other day, unsurpassed by […]

Sonia’s Thoughts on Food

On this website I intend to  write about food, my profession, (not writing, cooking!), well, my adopted profession! since I was a cook for 24 years! I do not use the word “Chef” too grand and pompous, lacking humility for someone who loves the art of combining colour,  taste and texture and wants to interact […]

Vins Sans Frontières (The Official Launch of Terroir Moselle)

In the beautiful and historic city of Trier (Trèves) on the banks of the Moselle river, I attended the official launch of the “Terroir Moselle” project. This concept brings together under one theme, 3 countries, 5 wine regions and one river – the Moselle. With the help of the Leader programme of the European Union, […]

Fancy Drinking and Driving?

Two of Surrey’s most popular tourist destinations have teamed up to offer a first class joint group tour package at a price that’s distinctly affordable.  Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge and Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking have launched the group scheme, and both tours are available at the special price of just £10 per person for […]


Welcome as a member of this unique elite club of the “gastronomically washed”! Please feel free to make a comment on anything that is wine, food or travel related. As a kick off, I am very happy to report that Bryan Webb, of Tyddyn Llan in North Wales has, at last, received his long overdue […]

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