Wine Gang News April 2014

April Issue Now Published

We kick off on a budget this month with a review of wines from Aldi and SPAR's current Wine Festival, then onto the 'New Americas' selection recently added to the M&S range, before we turn to two top independent merchants, Flint Wines and Theatre of Wine. Two of our most active wine importers - Alliance Wines and Enotria - are also under the spotlight plus we bring you 10 of the Best English Sparkling Wines. In her editorial, Jo Simon considers wine and food matching and the guidelines we give on every wine we taste. Too little information? Too much? Can we change and improve what we offer you, our members?

Hail to the Chief

Our very own Jane Parkinson is shortlisted for the prestigious title of Independent Wine and Spirit Communicator of the Year 2014. The winner (chosen from a very strong all-woman shortlist) will be announced at a Gala dinner in Verona, Italy on 5th April, so all our fingers and toes are crossed (that's 50, count 'em) - Go Jane!  And talking of the divine Ms P, catch her on Saturday Kitchen next weekend.

Marcillac and Cahors

The Gang in Marcillac

The Gang had a fab trip to Marcillac and Cahors in the south west of France last month, where the contrasting styles of these two regions was stark, but quality of both was really impressive. We'll be issuing a special supplement (free to members) with our highlights of the very best South West wines we tasted on the trip. Right: the Gang high in the hills above Marcillac, photo courtesy

Next Issue

Our next monthly report will be published around the 1st of May, but of course our mid-month survival kit of latest wine recommendations will be with members around April 15th. Sign up here to receive all that, and more!