Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Monday, 21 April 2014

Sunday, 20 April 2014

VinaViva 2014: some photos from April 5th tasting

Two of the organisers 

VinaViva is an annual tasting put on by an organisation at Saint-Etienne de Chigny, a village on the north bank of the Loire between Tours and Langeais.
 Putting theory into practice

 Brendan Tracey (Vendômois): "Of course I'm a big fan of the Ramones!"

Claude Aupetitgendre: Montlouis and Touraine

Géraldine Pialoux from the Roannaise

Marie Thibault-Cabrit: Azay-le-Rideau

 Matthieu Coste: Coteaux du Giennoise (above and below)

 Pascal Pibaleau: Azay-le-Rideau

Vincent Chauvelot: Châteaumeillant

The 2015 edition of VinaViva will be on 28th and 29th March 2015.

Café de la Promenade (Bourgueil): Joseph and Filliatreau

 Dominique Joseph (Le Petit Saint-Vincent, Saumur)
 tasting his 2012 nobile, Saumur (below)

Saturday 5th April: dropped into Café de la Promenade for lunch where Dominique Joseph and Frédéric Filliatreau were having lunch with their wives. The 2012 nobile (100% Chenin) Le Petit Saint Vincent was showing very well.

Frédéric Filliatreau (Domaine Filliatreau)

Ludo Ragot of Café de la Promenade pouring wine

Château de Luynes

Series of photos taken of Château de Luynes, originally constructed in 13th Century, in early April.

Black specs on the photos seem to be birds rather than dirt on camera