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Neville’s Blog

An interview with Brian Lynn of Majella Winery in Coonawarra & Australia’s iconic wine blend

The Shiraz Cabernet blend is Australia’s signature wine. Over 40 years ago, Max Schubert, the creator of Grange Hermitage (as it was then called), set the stage for hundreds of Australian wine producers to create their own version of this iconic blend – in some way unique to Australia in enabling it to rank with […]

Weingut zum Sternen

For all our readers we will now be bringing you regular full profiles from the 11th & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Weingut zum Sternen  from Switzerland. […]

Mitravelas Estate

For all our readers we will now be bringing you regular full profiles from the 11th & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Mitravelas Estate  from Greece. >> […]

Windsor Great Park Vineyard Sparkling wine

At a recent wine tasting I came across the 2014 vintage sparkling wine from the Windsor Great Park Vineyard. It was placed amongst other sparkling wines, including Champagnes, and turned out to be the best of the bunch. A hint of butterscotch on the nose, the gentle bubbles combine with a elegant freshness on the […]

Breaking News!

On our Value for Money Wines Pro App we update the app with new producers, new wines, updated ratings and updated price bands for existing wines AT LEAST EVERY 3 MONTHS.   For those who are already subscribers, we have just added over 700 new wines from over 100 producers (new and old) as well […]

UPDATE – MAY 7th

When we sent you out “The Latest” last week we mentioned that Club behind the label members could get access to Yohan Castaing’s detailed tasting notes on his top 100 Bordeaux 2018 wines. We gave a little taster to everybody by making numbers 91-100 free to read by all. We hoped you liked it. We […]

Castello di Ama

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Castello di Ama  […]

Château Clinet

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Ch. Clinet a […]

How to turn Value for Money Wines into Exceptional Value for Money Wines

The other day I received an email from Waitrose Cellar offering 25% discount on all wines provided you ordered at least 6 bottles (not all of the same wine either)   They do list a number of wines which rate as value for money on our Value for Money Wines Pro App, but I wondered […]

Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Ch. Clos Haut-Peyraguey […]

Calabrian Winery – Rocca Brettia – A full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. On this occasion a top winery from […]

A new 3D map from Alessandro Masnaghetti

Following on the success of Alessandro’s 3D map of the Chianti Classico area, he has now brought out a superb 3D map of his favourite Barolo area. This is the map which all true wine lovers have been waiting for! Unique and innovative, it allows and assists the comprehension in one sole glance of the […]

A Fascinating full profile from Israel

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide.On this occasion a top winery from Israel. […]

How Southern Italian wines can now vie with the best

Masterclass “A showcase of Southern Italy’s finest” – Richard Ballantyne MW   It wasn’t so many years ago when the wines of Southern Italy were being sent up to the North to bolster up some of the weaker efforts of Italy’s more prestigious wines. Indeed, varietals such as Fiano d’Avelllino and Falanghina were regular components […]

Extension of the pre publication discounts

Imbued as we are with the spirit of Christmas, we have extended the expiry date of our pre publication discounts to January 1st. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year   Neville and David

AZERBAIJAN – LAND OF FIRE

AZERBAIJAN: THE LAND OF FIRE We chose Azerbaijan as a destination for a week’s holiday for no reason: pure curiosity – that it had hosted the Formula One, Saha Hadid had designed one of the most modern and psychedelic cultural museum in Baku, that it was or had been the centre meeting point for the […]

In-depth analyses of top restaurant wine lists

Club behind the label members are beginning to receive in-depth analyses of top restaurant wine lists, rated for value and quality, and we thought that we might give everybody a taster of what we are doing in this respect. So for one time, and one time only, here is a preview of what members receive […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Black Friday Offers

We thought that we would join the Black Friday game by offering some HUGE discounts on our Club behind the label membership subscriptions. For a limited period from today, Site Membership will now cost a massive 33% less at £40 per annum instead £60 and the quarterly subscription goes down from £18 to £12. Pro Membership, is […]

The Latest – November 8th

Breaking News  The new, improved VinGardeValise wine carrying suitcase Grande04 is now available in the UK. What’s the difference between this and the old 02? The VGV® Grande 4.0 features a 100% polycarbonate shell with closed-cell foam The new asymmetrical Hinomoto wheels make the VGV® easy for you to maneuver A lift handle, located at […]

An Interview with Clément Robert – Master Sommelier

Clément Robert is the wine buyer for the wine-focussed 28-50 and Textile group of restaurants. Whilst the four 28-50 casual dining restaurants sport a regular and “Fine and Rare” list totalling about 200 bins, the Michelin-starred Textile boasts of a 600 bin wine list. As far as wine lists go, Clément believes in “horses for […]

Fancy a wine and food destination that is different?

Virginia is, in essence, an exciting new kid on the block as far as being a wine and food destination. When I first visited a few years back I was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality produced in the burgeoning vineyards there and even the more established ones who certainly seemed to get the […]

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 […]

Report on our Sancerre Dinner

We held our Sancerre dinner on “The Yacht” London on July 27th which was a rip-roaring success. Christophe Mangeart, who is the director and winemaker for the Sancerre cooperative, took us through the wines to show the diversity of the appellation. Starting off with a fruity “Guillopées” 2016 Rosé to accompany canapés in the Stateroom, […]

Tyddyn Llan revisited

It’s more than 2 years since I last stayed at Tyddyn Llan and I must say nothing has changed my opinion that Bryan Webb is one of the best chefs in the UK and probably the best fish cook in the country. Our 3 day sojourn was truly fantastic as a quiet holiday celebrating my […]

An interview with Dirk NIepoort

Dirk Niepoort is probably the Douro’s greatest ambassador and was in the vanguard of putting table wines from the area on the map maybe 15 years or so ago and now leads a plethora of producers who have been adding table wines to their Port portfolios. I visited him recently at his estate at Quinta […]

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, […]

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, […]

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