The Latest – June 2019
We have much to update you with from winery reviews, Fenavin 2019, the London Wine Fair 2019 and more.
Winery Reviews to catch up on are from Switzerland, Greece, Washington State, USA, France, Italy and Australia:
Weingut zum Sternen (Aargau), Mitravelas Estate (Peloponnese), Betz Family Winery (Washington State), Ch. Clos Haut-Peyraguey (Sauternes 1er CC), Ch. Clinet (Pomerol), Jean-François Jacouton (Saint-Joseph) with a couple of Stellar Cellar entries in the 11th Edition – Castello di Ama (Chianti Classico) and Umamu (Margaret River).
Blogs and News: At a recent wine tasting Neville came across the 2014 vintage sparkling wine from the Windsor Great Park Vineyard which he highly recommends. Also an amusing item entitled “Bargain of the week, the month, the year, the century“! And we thought this report from the IWSR, the leading source of data and intelligence on the alcoholic beverage market, was interesting referring to a new study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, which reports a considerable upsurge in the global consumption of alcoholic drinks. You can read it here.
David was invited to FENAVIN 2019, now Spain’s leading wine fair. His review will be of particular interest to the wine trade and in particular wine buyers. You can link to the blog here . Over the next few weeks look out for a number of blog features with highlights from three days of intensive tasting.
The London Wine Fair 2019 in May is a great event for discovering new wineries and renewing our acquaintance with old ones. Here is the list of winery highlights over 3 days of tasting at Olympia.
We have two new team members: (Please scroll down to the “Our Team” section on the Home Page)
We welcome Yohan to our team at Wine behind the label where we will initially use his expertise to enhance and improve the depth of our coverage of Bordeaux wines for the next (12th) edition of the Guide, but we will also be looking to him to find any new great producers in the world of wine which would be of interest and benefit to our readers. We have posted up, in English, his detailed assessments of his top 100 Bordeaux 2018 primeurs in 10 instalments, freely available to our Club members, but with limited access to others but they can have a look at 21-30 as a teaser at https://www.winebehindthelabel.org/…/yohan-castaings…/. Of course you can read his tasting notes (in French) on all 661 that he tasted at https://www.anthocyanes.fr/2018-notes-et-commentaires/
Janey is developing some blogs on visitor information amongst the 25 English Wine producers that we now cover in the current guide. With uncertainty in the air and talk of Staycations, there are many opportunities to visit and taste some wonderful English wines. Please check the website over the summer.
Club behind the Label membership: We do mention our Club regularly because it provides great value whether you are a professional or keen amateur. Membership cost includes a free copy of the current 11th digital edition of Wine behind the label. Together with the nearly 4,000 wine estates and producers studied in-depth within this edition, members also have exclusive access to updates and new entries for the 12th edition. Plus other perks! During May this included access to Yohan Castaing’s detailed tasting notes on his top 100 Bordeaux 2018 wines. Kathy has posted an in-depth review of the Organic and Biodynamic Domaine Peyres-Roses in Gaillac. To read about this fascinating Domaine – you’ll need to join the Club!
Gifts: The Wedding Season is upon us and if you are looking for a different wedding gift, Alessandro Masnaghetti’s Vineyard Maps may fit the bill. Following on the success of Alessandro’s 3D map of the Chianti Classico area, he has now brought out a superb 3D map of his favourite Barolo area. The Chianti 3D map is sold out (we did say it was in limited edition!) but the Barolo is still available. It’s also limited – so hurry!
Finally, we are excited about the update to our Value for Money Wines Pro App! And yes, it has had a number of mentions from us! However, we really do feel this is an invaluable tool to establish good value for money when buying your wine. Everyone’s budget varies and within those constraints whether you are buying for your home/cellar or enjoying a meal across a range of restaurants our App will certainly point you in the direction of “value”. Whatever the budget, good value thrown into the equation can prove very satisfying!
Happy eating, happy drinking and happy travelling.