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Monthly winery profile updates for July/August

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 bi-monthly upload for members for July/August ahead of the […]

Monthly winery profile updates for June

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. We have now completed 123 new profiles and have added updates to a further 152 profiles including adding new wines and ratings. No fewer than 146 separate regions or appellations […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monthly winery profile updates

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. It seems like a good time to give all our readers a full list of the updates. We have now completed 61 new profiles and have added updates to a […]

Spain – 2017 Highlights from the Tastings – Cataluña

This is the first of a number blog articles covering new discoveries from a number of tastings over the spring and early summer including the Fenavin Wine Fair (recently reviewed), the Viñateros tasting in London, the recent London Wine Fair as well as samples sent in from wineries. These bodegas will all be featured in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon

Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon We thought we should bring all our readers some important news. The 10th edition of Wine behind the label, the authoritative guide to the best wine producers and their wines is now in preparation. The digital download will be ready at the end of November and the printed […]

Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon

Wine behind the label 10th edition coming very soon We thought we should bring all our readers some important news. The 10th edition of Wine behind the label, the authoritative guide to the best wine producers and their wines is now in preparation. The digital download will be ready at the end of October and […]

ANOTHER AWARD FOR WINE BEHIND THE LABEL

Cher Monsieur Moore, cher Monsieur Blech, Je vous remercie tout particulièrement de l’intérêt porté à notre concours international de livres sur la Vigne et le Vin, et la confiance que vous avez accordée au Jury spécialisé de l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin. J’ai l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer que le Jury 2016 […]

Elgin – coastal cool climate gems from the Cape

A southerly view from the vineyards of the Iona Wine Farm Elgin WO (Wine of Origin) is one of the smaller wine districts in South Africa’s Cape wine lands and is now a part of the Cape South Coast region, which includes a number of cooler climate winegrowing areas. Located around an hour’s drive east […]

Oregon – Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and more

Wine country of the Dundee Hills Oregon is rightly known for the quality of its Pinot Noirs from the appellations of the Willamette Valley. We will look at a few of these in this brief tour around the State but also other well-priced and characterful wines and grapes. In preparation for our 10th editions, the […]

California – Life beyond Cabernet and Chardonnay

Continuing with highlights from the Spring tastings, I’ve picked out some interesting and more unusual highlights encountered around California. The State may be best known for Napa Valley and full-blown and exceedingly expensive Cabernet’s and Bordeaux blends but there is much else to excite the wine drinker. The wines profiled here may not fall into […]

Green Spain – the wines of Galicia

Continuing the series of wine reviews from the Spring tastings this week, I’m looking at some exciting wines from Galicia in the far North-West of Spain. These are not perhaps household names, although Rías Baixas is a region readers are likely to have encountered. The wines are well worth considering though. They tend to have […]

Spring wine fairs and other tastings and highlights

During the early months of the year there have been a host of UK based tastings and I have been on my travels including visits to the bi-annual wine fairs Vinisud in Montpellier and Alimentaria in Barcelona. These are must visits in the course of updating the southern France and Spain sections of Wine behind […]

A Detailed Wine Behind The Label Profile and Review: Warwick Wine Estate and Vilafonté

Warwick Wine Estate and Vilafonté The Warwick Wine Estate farm has been owned by the Ratcliffe family since its wine-growing inception, while Warwick managing director Mike Ratcliffe is also part owner and managing partner at Vilafonté. Both are now well established as regional benchmarks. Stellenbosch based Warwick Wine Estate has a much longer history and […]

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