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, 15 January 2018

Newtonmore: white stuff on Blue Monday

The start of the snow around 3-3.30 Monday afternoon

Following a few days when it has been warmer making the black ice that unfortunately caused me to slide and rupture my quads from my left knee on Tuesday 2nd January disappear, snow and colder weather has returned to the Scottish Highlands this afternoon with a series of snow showers.Inthe interim I have been able to venture out on my crutches to get some much needed exercise.

Some more snow has fallen this evening lying now on the roads but only a maximum of two inches thick. More is forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Whatever I'm going t have to remain inside while the snow remains – can't afford to do myself further damage ....  

After a few snow showers it seems again 
to be snow with more determination

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Tricky and awkward quiz – can you tell the difference between Château Latour and Chai Latour?



A restaurant called called Chai Latour in the outskirts of Lille has been accused by lawyers acting for Chàteau in Pauillac of potentially confusing the public by its choice of name. 

Chai Latour was established some six years ago and chai is a nice pun on chez and is run by Thierry Latour – hence the name.

Although to the uninitiated the two properties shown would appear to be rather different in size and function, there must clearly a possibility of confusion as it is likely that Château Latour is able to be able to afford to hire top lawyers irrespective of expense. It, thus, as one can expect that they have an level of intelligence that matches their hourly rate, it is surely reasonable to assume that these legal eagles do indeed find it difficult to distinguish between Thierry's establishment at 66 rue de Pérenchies, 59237 Verlinghem and the vineyard and winery of Château Latour just to the south of the town of Pauillac. 

I wonder whether dispute arises because people have been phoning up Château Latour to book a table or even turning up at the gates demanding to be fed by Thierry Latour? Here is Thierry's carte.  

Naturally I wish to be helpful so have devised this simple but tricky quiz:

Is Château Latour A or B? Take your time! 


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Loire Central Vineyards: the latest figures on area planted

The latest figures show that the area planted in the Central Vineyards continues to increase gradually, except for Châteaumeillant and Coteaux du Giennois which have seen a small decrease.

Central Loire (2017)
Sancerre: 2 990 ha
Pouilly-Fumé: 1325 ha
Pouilly-sur-Loire: 27 ha
Menetou-Salon: 576 ha
Quincy: 303 ha
Reuilly: 259 ha
Coteaux du Giennois: 194 ha
Châteaumeillant: 77 ha

Central Loire (2016)

Sauvignon blanc: 2354 ha
Pinot noir : 600 ha
Total: 2954 ha

Sauvignon blanc: 1307 ha
Sauvignon Blanc : 376 ha
Pinot Noir: 185 ha
Total: 561 ha
QuincySauvignon blanc : 296 ha
Sauvignon blanc : 127 ha
Pinot noir : 75 ha
Pinot gris : 50 ha
Total: 252 ha
Chasselas : 27 ha

Coteaux du Giennois: 196 ha 

Châteaumeillant: 82 ha