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 and will be preparing a more comprehensive West Coast Guide for us next year.

Michael Edwards is an acknowledged expert on the wines of Champagne and North-East Italy and will now be looking after both these sections for us.

You can read about both of them in the “Meet the Team” page on our website and you will soon be receiving contributions from both of them.

Also have a look at a sneak preview of Jim Budd’s first entry in the upcoming 10th edition of the guide at Jim Budd’s blog

Other items you should not miss are my report on a major tasting of English wines at and you can read about Welsh wines at

David’s wine tasting adventures in Montpelier and Barcelona are at

Have a look, too, at my review of one of the finest restaurants in England at whilst the birthplace? of wine is discussed at

We continue to post up individual entries on wineries in our 9th edition on, do let us know if you have any updated information on any of these.

Finally, I would like to thank all who visited us at the London Wine Fair – it was great to meet you and if you are in the wine trade or would like to become a reseller of any of our products, please contact me at to obtain your special prices.

Happy drinking, happy eating and happy travelling


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