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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 October and […]


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 […]

Christmas and New Year wine highlights

Now that we are approaching the end of the festive season I thought I would run through a few of my vinous highlights. For Christmas Day lunch was a move away from the traditional roast turkey. I can’t actually recall when I last ate turkey on the day. We opted for Confit of Duck, ably […]

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