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TWO NEW CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR TEAM Deborah Parker Wong, our USA West Coast contributor, is standing down because of other commitments and has introduced us to Ilona Thompson, who authors the award-winning wine blog  Ilona will be instrumental in updating our California, Oregon and Washington State entries for the next edition of the guide […]


A lot has happened since I last posted “The Latest” Firstly – a BIG welcome to Jim Budd who is going to be updating the Loire Valley and South-West France sections for us. Jim is the acknowledged expert on the wines of the Loire Valley and also a fierce exposer of rip-off wine investment companies. […]

The Latest – Mark Thomas Glassware Sale

Among the latest posts to our website, I slag off wine prices in restaurants in my blog page and have written a piece on how to make the most out of it if you go to On the Home page we have also put up our Glossary of Wine Terms and a Grape Glossary […]

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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 […]


TGFT you might say, but a big thanks from us to all who participated in the Christmas Quiz. Prize winners are listed Here. There will be another, more difficult one, at the end of the month with some great prizes to be won again. Watch this space. In the meantime, we are now continuing with […]


Imbued, as we are, with the spirit of Christmas, we have prepared a little quiz to test your wine knowledge over the Festive Season. Make your way over to and amuse yourselves by submitting your answers. There is, of course, reward for your endeavours. The first 10 people to submit 10 all correct answers […]


THE LATEST – CHRISTMAS IS COMING! – There’s probably only two more days to order if you want your stuff before Christmas. On offer are Wine behind the label 9th edition printed version Mark Thomas Double Bend Mouth-Blown Lead-Free Crystal Glassware VinGardeValise® wine carrying suitcase When you get to the checkout, put in the coupon […]


Sonia and I spent most of the week at the Digital Wine Communicators Conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and what a great experience it was. Apart from meeting up with old friends and colleagues from around the world and making a load of new ones, we got the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with a number of […]


Well today is the last day to take advantage of the extra 10% discount on the printed version of Wine behind the label. Those of you who have liked our free sample mini guide of South Australia have had a happy time with it. But all good things must come to an end sometime and […]

That Was The Week That Was – September 25 to October 2 – Hardback printed book of Wine behind the label now available

The big news this week is that the hardback printed book of Wine behind the label now has a definite publication date of October 29th. It’s a handsome book of 936 pages weighing nearly 3 kilos, so it’s not for lugging around but it will be a great reference book to show your friends at […]

That was the week that was – September 17-24

Back in circulation, the biggest news of the week is that we have been appointed UK online distributor for VinGardeValise® – the suitcase specially designed for carrying your precious wines around the world. Maybe you want fly home some of those great wines you tasted on holiday or maybe you want to find a safe […]

That Was The Week That Was – September 1-8

This week we have been featuring some Californian wineries in our winery blog page – from the boutique Frick Winery, specialising in Rhône–style varietals, to the giants such as Gallo, specialising in just about everything. In the middle somewhere are wineries such as Edmeades, whilst although being part of the Kendal Jackson empire, are allowed […]

That Was The Week That Was August 24-31

Dodging downpours seemed to be the order of the day, or even the week, as we continued to struggle with the ineptitude of the utility companies to complete the work we paid them for six months ago. This needed some serious compensation and a couple of visits to the BBC Proms helped us to regain […]

That Was The Week That Was August 16-23

Still in a holiday mood but some interesting food and wine experiences last week. Perhaps the most interesting was my first encounter with a rare Alsace wine – Klevener de Heilegenstein. Have a look at how this encounter worked out on I liked Will Lyons’ take on South African wines and my comments can […]

That was the week that was 9-16 August

While August continues to be quiet with the holiday period we are hard at work completing the 9th printed edition of Wine behind the label. Indexing will be completed during August and the book ready for printing in early September. To whet the appetite we can show you one or two screenshots to see the […]

That was the week that was AUGUST 1-8

The major announcement for this week, is that we are promoting a new range of glasses to compliment our Zalto range. They are also hand blown (well, mouth-blown!) from lead-free crystal in Austria and their unique shape with their conical base and double angled bends allows the wine to breathe whilst also concentrating the aromas. […]

That was the week that was July 24-31

Hi everybody, Not a lot to report this week – lots of people on holiday – no significant wine tastings, so I took the opportunity to see a wonderful production of Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne. We had an interesting Malvasia fizz (red) and a Saint Macaire white Sauvignon from Ch. Cinc Hilhs with our picnic […]

That was the week that was – July 15 to 22, 2015

THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS Hi everyone – here’s a video of what I’ve been up to this last week. Here are some photos, too….     Haddon Hall Today’s Ciders Fish & Chips L’Andouiette The Buxton Tap

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