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We have been busy finalising the ninth edition of our famous wine guide and it’s due for publication in the autumn. There have been many requests for a printed version again, and we are trying to make that happen.

We had a Kickstarter campaign to gain sponsorship, but regrettably it failed because we didn't make our target, so none of the pledges made were executed. Funnily enough, quite a few people contacted me to say that they were unhappy about giving their personal details to a public crowd-funding site and actually offered to send me money direct. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with Kickstarter.

Another problem was that we were not allowed to offer more than 10 of the same item, so if you wanted to give Wine Behind The Label to your customers for Christmas or buy them as a group in order to get a greater discount, you just couldn't.

Thirdly, we were not allowed to offer alcohol as a reward, and whilst this didn't matter in most cases, we had to heavily disguise the fact that there were lots of great wines to be drunk at the party or the dinner!

Anyway, we are resorting to Plan B, inasmuch as we will try to go it alone and see how much we can raise to cover the costs. Some people have promised to back us anyway, and we have tweaked the reward options. These options offer substantial discounts for advance purchase. See the full details of the rewards offered.

If you did make a pledge to Kickstarter, I do hope that you will remain on board - if you didn't, I hope you can come on board now.

Neville Blech,

August 2014.

A new edition of Wine Behind The Label.