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It’s a while since I updated you on what is going on but we have been head down preparing for the 11th edition of Wine behind the label. We are still a little way off completing that but in the meantime, here is the Latest from us. First and foremost we are pleased to announce […]

The Latest – December 2nd

Christmas is nearly coming and our Black Friday offers will continue only for another 7 days when it will be the cut off date for getting the “member10” coupon code discounts on some of our products – go to to take advantage of these. And this will be the last day for ordering the printed […]

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 […]

The Latest – October 24th

Things have been happening since my last post on “The Latest”. First and foremost, we have a new wine dinner at The Yacht in the offing on Thursday November 23rd. Hervé Kerlann, of Ch. de Laborde, in Burgundy will be on hand to guide us through the wines at this 4 course dinner, preceded by […]

The Latest – September 26th – It’s nearly Christmas!

If you are looking for an opportunity to offer a unique product to your customers, employees, friends, etc., either as a Christmas “thank you for your business” present, or as a reward incentive for best employees, you can obtain from us multiple copies of a handsomely bound, 1,000 page hardback wine guide.   Wine behind […]

The Latest – August 4th

There’s still time to take advantage of our summer sale offer of £199 instead of £297 for the VinGardeValise wine carrying suitcase. (UK delivery only). Sale ends August 31st when it will revert back to the normal price. Following on Gary’s weekend in Oporto, I followed up with a sort of rest of the week […]

The Latest – July 18th

Our first comprehensive travel blog has been posted by Gary White on the vinous merits of Oporto. You will be able to spend a wondrous few days there by following his advice. In fact – I’m off to Oporto this afternoon and I am certainly looking forward to trying out his recommendations. And of course, […]

The Latest – July 9th 2017 – Summer sale!!

SUMMER SALE!! With summer holidays on the horizon, you may wonder how you can bring home those incredible wines you tasted whilst you were away safely and securely. The VinGardeValise VGV02 wine carrying suitcase is the perfect answer to this problem which allows you to bring home from 2 to 12 bottles INTACT! We will […]

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 […]

The Latest – June 2nd 2017

Hi Everybody Here is what we have been up to over the last couple of weeks. We have continued to post up interesting wine news from around the world, culminating with the historic victory by Champagne Jayne over the CIVC (Comité Champagne) over her right to use the name “Champagne” as part of her business […]

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 […]

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 […]

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THE LATEST APRIL 18TH 2017   We’ve been busy optimising our new website since I last wrote to you and we are almost finished.   In the meantime, there have been several postings to the site – Richard has continued to post up Wine News from Around The Web with news from Bordeaux, Italy and […]


The Latest – 2nd April 2017 Welcome to the latest news from Wine behind the label First and foremost – OUR NEW WEBSITE IS UP AND RUNNING! Here you can see our big new feature, which are our regional guides that can be accessed from the interactive maps on the site, starting from the Home […]


THE LATEST It’s been a while since I have reported to you what’s going on at Wine behind the label, but that’s because we have been busy working on a new website which will completely overhaul the old one. It should be up and running in two or three weeks, but in the meantime we […]

The Latest – It’s Summer Sale Time!

It’s Summer sale time! We are pleased to announce that 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) and a 50% […]


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 […]

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