Wine Gang News September 2014

September Issue Now Published

What a cracker! We explore the independent side of wine with two reports: 'Esoterica' is a new umbrella organisation for small, independent importers of wines that come from off the beaten track, whilst in our 'Independents Day' special we round-up some excellent wines you won't find in the supermarkets. We also get fizzy with the fine sparkling wines of Franciacorta in Italy, and explore the world of oaked Sauvignon Blanc in some depth. But it's the time of year when the big guns wheel out their autumn and winter lists, so we also assess the latest wines from Asda, Majestic, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and Virgin Wines in a truly packed report.  In her Editorial, Jo Simon looks back on six years of The Wine Gang and forward to some up and coming wine trends.

Wine Fair Tickets On Sale Now - with BIG Early Bird Discounts

We're so excited, and we just can't hide it!  Our wine fairs in London, Bath and Edinburgh in November are the biggest, best and highest quality yet. Your entry ticket will allow you to taste from hundreds of fine wines and take part in mini pop-up tutored tastings and come on wine walks with us, but our programme of masterclasses at all three events really is extraordinary: Taste verticals of Penfolds Grange in all three locations, along with such delights as an 11-year vertical tasting of Chateau Pichon-Baron in Edinburgh, the finest wines of Italy including Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Gaja Barolo in London, and the very best Grands Crus of Alsace in Bath. For full details of all masterclasses - and the entire programme at each venue - visit

These really are Britain's best and best value wine events, but right now there's even better value: below is our Early Bird promotional code: buy main fair tickets for just £14.00 each instead of £20 (30% discount) AND take 10% off the price of ALL masterclasses. The code applies at all three Christmas Fairs: TWGEB14

Do not delay: there is only a certain allocation of tickets set aside at this price - once they have gone, the price will rise. Tickets will never be this cheap again. Full details:

Southwest France Dinners with The Gang

The 16th October, and Edinburgh is the venue for a fabulous dinner hosted by Tom, and cooked by top chef Neil Forbes at Cafe St Honore in the city centre. Neil has designed a special four-course menu to be matched to 12 Southwest wines selected by Tom, at a superb price of just £40 per person. Please do not delay in booking as places are limited: Phone 0131 226 2211 or email Stand by for confirmation of the date for a London Southwest dinner at The Boundary in the City, coming soon.

Next Issue

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