Neville’s Blog

Neville’s Blog

A few days in l’il ol’ Noo York

I like New York. I like to go there around my birthday time. I like to take in the vibrant atmosphere of Manahattan. So yesterday we kicked off with a day-long visit to the Metropolitan Museum to take in a bit of art and to catch up with some of the latest exhibits. Most fascinating […]

The Definitive Italian Wine Tasting

Every now and again there is a “Definitive Italian Wine Tasting” in London and today I took the chance to visit it and have a look at some of the things on offer. Wines from Puglia, Veneto and Fruili were featured so I stuck to those tables. White wines were generally rather disappointing – even […]


Many you have, I am sure, seen the film Sideways – when was it? five or seven years ago (my goodness how time flies) which resulted in Merlot becoming a dirty word at the expense of King Pinot Noir in a hilarious romp by a neurotic author and a cavalier film producer trying to drown […]

Half Price Summer Sale

“We are pleased to announce the 10th edition of Wine behind the label is due for publication in the late autumn. We’re very excited about this, but whilst you are waiting for it, we are offering a 20% discount off the printed hard cover book (now £40.00) and a 50% discount off the digital version […]

Summer Holiday Sale

Get Your 20% Discount Coupon Code Here! As you sit sampling the local wine whilst you are on your holiday in foreign climes and just thinking how good that wine is and how cheap it is compared with what you would have to pay for it back home, you are wondering how the hell you […]

English Wine Tasting

Since we wrote our Guide to the Vineyards of England and Wales in 2008, English wines have come on a ton. From under 300 commercial vineyards then to over 500 now, some of which have been purchased by overseas buyers, is a reflection on the world wide interest English wines has garnered over the years. […]

A Wine Drinkers Poll

Hi… Today we got some new software and wanted to have a little bit of fun with poll’s, we decided to start today with a great question…. How often do you drink wine? Not a bad place to start in a wine guide website. Enjoy the polls and have some fun, we will start to […]

A summary of the Bordeaux Primeurs

Bordeaux 2015: Day 1 Been up since 5.30 and it’s now past midnight! Exhausting day’s tastings. 8 am L’Evangile, 8.45 Nenin, 9.15 Syndicat Pomerol, 10.15 Syndicat St Emion, 11.00 Pavie, 11.30 Ausone, 12.30 Baguette in a St Emilion boulangerie, drive to Barsac to arrive at Climens at 3.00, 3.45 Yquem, 4.30 UCGB tasting of 26 […]

Restaurant Wine Lists

I have long been fascinated by restaurant wine lists – even before the days I ran a restaurant for 23 years. I think that nothing irks people so much than to see a wine in a restaurant marked up, 3, 4, or even 5 times or more over retail prices. The restaurateurs will tell you […]

January Quiz Answers and Results

Thank you, very happy with my prize! Posted by Nils Bugge on Friday, February 19, 2016 Here are the list of winners for the January Quiz… The answers are shown below the winners 🙂 The Winner of the full Hardcover Guide is… Nils Bugge – Well done and congratulations! Please PM us your full home address […]

The Latest

We are pleased to announce that Deborah Parker Wong, DWSET has joined the Team at Wine behind the label and will be primarily responsible for looking after the California and Pacific North West sections of the guide. Being on the spot in San Francisco, it is certainly going to help us in keeping things up […]

Value for Money Wines

I am always on the look out for value for money wines, whether they be in a shop or in a restaurant. Value in a restaurant can be tricky because whilst a producer makes good value wine sold retail, they are subject to the vagaries of a wide range of mark-ups in restaurants, from the […]

A Sad Loss

What a sad loss there has been to the world of gastronomy occasioned by the untimely death of chef Benoît Violier, who committed suicide at the age of 44. Voted the best chef in the world by his peers, Benoît headed the eponymously-named restaurant at Crissier, just outside Lausanne in Switzerland. The building which housed […]

The January Sale

Wine behind the label’s January Sale actually begins in January! And probably when most other sales have ended! There’s 20% off….   The full 9th edition hardback edition: Click Here for the Hardback Guide       The full 9th edition of the guide in digital format: Click Here For The Digital Guide     […]

Christmas Quiz Results and Winners

We had 10 entrants who scored the maximum score of 10 out of 10, well done to all of you, here they are… Richard Nick Richards Justin Liz Palmer Sergio P Wamhoff Mark Bolton Zoltán Sánta Paul Johnson Nils Bugge Congratulations and well done to all of you, you will be receiving an email over […]


Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together to eat, drink and be merry – not to take tasting notes on the wines drunk. And imbued with the spirit of Christmas as one might be, some of the best stuff you tot out might not be universally appreciated by one’s guests. Nevertheless […]

Christmas Quiz Time – 10 Copies of the Full Guide to Be Won!

As a way of celebrating Christmas and have some fun with our readers, we have decided to give away…. 10 Free copies full 9th edition’s of the full digital version of the guide, for the first 10 entries to get 10 out of 10 PLUS For those who get 10 out of 10, but are […]

Xmas Special Offers

Please take a look at our Christmas Special Offers and Discounts.   Wine Behind The Label 9th Edition – Hardback (rrp £50) “Winner of the major book awards from Louis Roederer, André Simon and Glenfiddich, Wine behind the label is the acclaimed benchmark guide to the world’s leading wine producers. No other wine guide provides […]


A friend of mine from Chile came to lunch and gave me a bottle of Thierry Villard’s Le Pinot Noir 2012. Dark and opaque, this wine showed remarkable flavours of black cherry, chocolate and plum – lightly oaked with plenty of grip and a lingering finish. At 14.5% abv it’s not for children but you […]


Imbued as we are, by the spirit of the season, we have decided to morph our Black Friday offer into Cyber Monday. This means that our discount offer on the Wine behind the label guide, hardback and digital; and our offers on the Mark Thomas lead-free crystal glassware will now continue until close of play […]

Minkov Brothers Winery | Bulgarian Wine Tour

Minkov Brothers Winery | Bulgarian Wine Tour


I know next to nothing about Bulgarian wines. When I have tasted them, usually at wine fairs, they were disappointingly dull with but one exception (Bessa Valley wines – but only because they are part owned by Count Von Niepperg of Canon-la-Gaffalière fame, whose wines I have tasted in Bordeaux) and the only Bulgarian wine […]


DAVINO FLAMBOYANT – I was chatting over LinkedIn with my friend Adrian, a Romanian lawyer, who asked me why I have never written about Romanian wines. Well, I said, it’s because I haven’t come across any worth writing about. Well, HE said “next time I am in London I will bring you a bottle and maybe […]


When I was a wine merchant, I was the first importer into the UK of the wines of Manfred Krankl, the idiosyncratic producer of wines that everybody LOVES. I’m not going into the story of Sine Qua Non here, you can easily Google it and have a really fascinating read. Manfred was introduced to me […]

Wise words from Jancis Robinson

I really enjoyed reading Jancis Robinson’s article in the FT about wine tasting. You can read it yourself here I was particularly impressed with the paragraph on the number of different flavours some people purport to find in a wine. My webmaster, Paul, admits that he is completely ignorant about wine and all these things […]

Nazar Restaurant Bedford

Sometimes we don’t know too much about what is on our own doorstep. Being based in London we have hundreds of fine restaurants to choose from but we sometimes don’t eat anywhere else in England unless it’s a destination restaurant or we just happen to be passing. We had occasion to visit a friend in […]

A Spanish Inquisition?

Living in a house surrounded by builders is not a very pleasant experience and it is exacerbated by the ineptitude of the various utility services whose left hand doesn’t seem to know what their right hand is doing. It’s very frustrating to be a victim of their ineptitude. We can’t cook or entertain and we […]

Klevener de Heiligenstein

Believe it or not, this is the first time I have ever come across this rare wine from Alsace. Thanks to my friend, Michel Bernard, a keen student of wine curiosities, at whose dinner party I had the fortune to drink this wine to accompany a magnificent parcel of salmon baked in filo pastry. Rich […]

Serving wine in the summer heat

I went to my local gastropub last night and we ordered a bottle of Dirk Niepoort’s lovely Drink Me red wine from the Douro with our meal, which was marginally oxidised. Sending it back was no problem and the manager apologised and replaced it with another bottle of the same wine. It was a stifling […]

An Interview with Telmo Rodriguez

I presented Telmo with his Groundbreaking Winemaker Award last month and here is a video of my interview with him. Telmo is a passionate champion of “small is beautiful” particularly as it applies to wine producing. He believes that Spain still has tremendous potential for producing world class wines in all areas of the country […]

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