Wine Gang News November 2014

November Issue Now Published

We've a review of some of our favourite wines from the recent Waitrose press tasting - very handily timed as there is 25% off all wine at Waitrose in store and online - but only until 4th November.  We also look at the ranges from other big names, all of whom are carrying new wine lines in the run up to Christmas, including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Tesco  and The Wine Society.  Thinking independently this month we have a round-up of Spanish Award Winners and wines from West Country favourites, Yapp Brothers. In his, David takes a look at the new crossover generation of wine merchants serving wine by the glass and restaurants that will sell you a bottle.

Wine Gang Christmas Fairs

We're so excited to be two weeks away from our first Christmas Fair in London on November 15th, to be followed one week later by our Bath fair, and one week after that when we'll be in Edinburgh. London main fair tickets are now sold out, but we have just a few masterclass packages remaining, which include a main fair ticket. In Bath and Edinburgh we've introduced some great money saving bundles - buy any masterclass and your main fair entry ticket is half price. See all the details at

Video video!

Tom and Jane have just shot two fun videos for Wines of South West France, both dealing with the subject of matching South West wines to world cuisines. Jane might look the cutest, but Tom has the softest and shiniest hair. Anyway, see what you think for yourself at

Christmas Book Ideas?

Jane has been busy, as her first book has also just been published, a lavish tome called Wine & Food, and subtitled Pick the Right Wine Every Time. It introduces wine through grape varieties and styles, and is crammed with hints, tips and personal recommendations. And don't forget that Ant Rose also has a brand new title on the shelves: The Tapas Bar Guide, featuring the best places for Tapas style dining and Ant's recommendations on Sherry and other wines. Here are links to both books on Amazon UK:

Wine & Food The Tapas Bar Guide.

Wow! That's Some Prize...

Meanwhile, over on Tom's wine-pages web site he's offering a sensational competition prize: win a weekend stay in the romantic Chateau Pichon Baron in Bordeaux, with dinner and bespoke private tastings for six people! All the details are on

Magnum of Piper-Heidsieck Winner

The winner of last month's competition here at The Wine Gang will be announced as soon as possible.

December Issue

Look out for our bumper Christmas issue at the beginning of December, including our festive guide to the best Fizzy, Sweet and Strong wines...