The Latest – July 2019

The Latest – July 2019

The Latest – July 2019

Summer Sale!

Summer is upon us at last and imbued with the spirit of adventure we are offering all a 20% discount on our guides and our lead free crystal glasses until August 15th. Find details of your discount code here.

Holiday news! We are very pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Good Wine Tours who have been in the business of providing excellent wine tours for many years. These tours are popular so whilst the summer ones are pretty much full up, they have an interesting and inexpensive wine tour to Bulgaria in September for which there are a few vacancies. We have a 5% discount code and 10% for Club members. You can read all about this by going to or Of course, there are many other tours which you can read about on their website at You will also see that they do wine courses and wine tasting evenings from London to Aberdeen and Belfast for which they will offer the same discount to our readers and our members if you quote the same code when you book them.

Neville interviews Bryan Lynn, head of the family that owns Majella winery, in Coonawarra, Australia who was in London recently. He wanted to find out what makes Majella tick. The Great Australian Red is a competition created to recognise Australia’s signature wine blend; Shiraz Cabernet. Now in its 13th year, the competition is recognised as one of Australia’s key specialist wine shows. At a recent event in London, 24 gold medal winners in this competition were showcased and you can find Neville’s take on the best of these here. These wines have come from some of the biggest and some of the smallest wineries in Australia. One of these small wineries is Majella in Coonawarra, owned by the Flynn family, who graduated from sheep and cattle farming back in the 1960s, to producing some of the best value-for-money wines in the country.

Neville has also outlined recent changes at Chateau Talbot on Bordeaux’s Left Bank and added a further full profile for the Lombardy Franciacorta producer Ferghettina.

David’s blog profiles Bodegas Lan from Rioja and Vinteloper  from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Check the winery reviews blog regularly for all current and upcoming free full profiles from the 11th edition of Wine behind the label. He has also added the July update of winery reviews for the 12th edition which is only available to Club behind the label members. For a complete listing of updates to July have a look at this pdf here.

If you are new to our Latest newsletter our Club behind the label offers great value. You can find details for joining here.   Membership includes a free copy of the current 11th digital edition of Wine behind the label. Together with the nearly 4,000 wine estates and producers studied in-depth within this edition, Club members have access to regular updates for the now published 11th edition of Wine behind the label  – see the link above to get an idea of the scope of the update which includes 31 new profiles and updates to a further 22 profiles including adding new wines and ratings. 36 separate regions or appellations have now had profiles updated or added.

In our 11th edition of Wine behind the label we cover 25 English producers and Janey’s blog covers three vineyards in Hampshire where you can visit and taste: Exton Park Vineyard, Hattingley Valley Vineyard and Black Chalk. It is worth noting that they are all participating in the  ‘FIZZ FEST’ Festival 2019 on 21st July and you can find all the details here. Hosted this year by Exton Park Vineyard, Black Chalk is the newest of 8 members participating in ‘FIZZ FEST’, The Vineyards of Hampshire 7th annual wine festival.

Our Value for Money App continues to deliver! You can trial it for free for 3 months and then it is £3.99 a quarter thereafter. It will be updated again in August.

Happy eating, happy drinking and happy travelling.

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