Neville’s Blog

Neville’s Blog

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 – Real meat restaurant

There are hamburger joints and hamburger joints plus and now we have discovered a hamburger joint 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 here […]

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, […]

The Latest – June 16th 2017

Since my last announcement of “The Latest”, we’ve been busy communicating with wine news from around the world with news about Prosecco, Brexit and South Africa. Kathy Burk has also been very busy with the second instalment of her History of Wine as well as a comprehensive blog on her recent visit to Romania. David […]

Weingut Wittmann – a vertical Grand Cru tasting

Another shining beacon that stands out in a sea of Liebfraumilch in the Rheinhessen area, the wines from Weingut Wittmann exude quality. Philipp Wittmann came to London last month to give us a vertical tasting of his Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) wines from his three top vineyards.  Farming organically since 1990 and being completely biodynamic since […]

The Horst Sauer Masterclass

It’s a while since I last visited Horst Sauer’s domain at Escherndorf by the river Main in the Franken area of Germany. I was introduced to the estate by a very distinguished German hotelier whose hotel also boasted of a Michelin-starred restaurant and a superb wine list. He took me there as proof that in […]

Impressions of the London Wine Fair 2017

Visiting Wine Fairs can be a bit soul destroying – there is too much of a scrum at some stands and not a lot of interest at others. The London Wine Fair is no exception although this year there seemed to be a lack of presence from some of the big players – No Wines […]

The Latest – May 15th 2017

The Latest 15th May 2017 Our Club behind the label Membership is gathering momentum and we welcome all our new members. There are some special notices for you at the end of this bulletin. You can register for free at and we’ll get back to you with further details of your type of membership, subscription […]


  CLAUDE BOSI AT BIBENDUM   Sonia and I always try to go to a good restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Last year we went to the 2 Michelin star Midsummer House in Cambridge and the year before that we were at Mosimann’s in Belgravia.   So it was quite fortuitous that we heard […]

The latest – April 26th 2017

The Latest 26th April 2017  Our Club behind the label Membership pages are now open to all wine lovers and particularly those who are involved as wine professionals.   Some of the Benefits of the membership are: Discounts on products, wine tastings and wine dinners Searchable database of all 4000 producers and 18,000 wines reviewed in […]

The New Bulgarian Wine Tasting

A Trade tasting of wines from Bulgaria was held in London last week and I attended looking for some “new kids on the block” and some updates on producers already known to us for the next edition of Wine behind the label. I took the opportunity to taste the new orange wine from Villa Melnik. […] was conceived over a lunch in 2006 by David Campbell, a publisher of wine books (ex Mitchell Beazley, ex Hachette and now Everyman’s Library) and Esme Johnstone, the founder of Majestic Wine Warehouse and subsequently repaired to Ch. de Sours in Bordeaux. I had occasion to attend their 2017 portfolio tasting in […]

A glimpse of the 2016 Bordeaux wines

GRAND CERCLE 2016 PRIMEURS TASTING   It’s early, really early to get an idea of what the 2016 Bordeaux wines are going to be like.   Already there is talk from the vignerons that 2016 is going to an outstanding vintage. With 2015 already being hailed (justifiably) as the best vintage since 2010, is 2016 […]

Friarwood’s 50th Anniversary Tasting

When I had my restaurant, I was of course, inundated by wine suppliers trying to sell me wine. As my list was considered pretty adventurous and avant garde in those days, I didn’t have much time for conventional, run of the mill wholesalers. One such of these was Friarwood, who seemed to major on Bordeaux […]

Another Fine Evening Matching Wine and Food

It’s always an extreme pleasure to be invited to Nick and Lesley Richards for dinner. Lesley is a really accomplished amateur chef and Nick’s ability to choose quality wines and store them until they are mature enough to drink satisfactorily is legendary. The wine theme for this evening was New Zealand. Here is what we […]

New Zealand Wine Tasting London 2017

92 wineries from New Zealand came to London to show off their wares last week, dominated by Pinot Noirs and of course, Sauvignon Blancs. Where are all the Bordeaux varietals we used to see in the past? New Zealanders are still making good kit out of these varietals, but Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons were really […]

Barullo – Argentinean Wine

Forty Argentinian wine producers turned up in London this week to promote BARULLO – a celebration of food, wine, art and music in a dusty warehouse in trendy Hoxton in East London. The uncomfortable seating and the balancing of glass and plastic plates didn’t detract from the delicious tit-bits of food produced by Mauro Colagreco […]

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 […]

Wine from Bhutan?

In the never ending search for new wines around the world I find myself in Bhutan, where I have come across two. Raven Shiraz and Takin red wine. It’s not certain where the grapes come from or where the wine is made although I suppose if it says Bhutanese wine on the label, it’s made […]

Artisans of Australian Wine

 I went along to the Artisans of Australian wine tasting which was held at a rather artisanale space in the swinging up and coming district of Shore Ditch in East London. Some 40-odd wineries were represented, where, as the tasting brochure says, “we draw together some of the most exciting, innovative and downright talented winemakers […]

Another fine evening of food and drink

Nick and Lesley Richards are really the perfect hosts and would be to anyone who has a real interest in food and wine. Lesley is a really accomplished cook and Nick’s cellar is legendary. He buys for laying down and there’s not much available to drink when you visit him that is less than 10 […]


One of the more intriguing things about the New York restaurant scene is the ability to find little gems that are going to please and won’t break the bank. It’s easy to pay huge sums for eating at the cult and the Michelin starred restaurants, but finding good food at a reasonable price is a […]


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 […]

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