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

Thursday, 26 May 2016

2016 Vitiloire @Tours – just one day to go


Details of the 2016 edition (28-29th May) along with a list of the 150 vignerons present from along the valley from Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine to Saint Pourçain.   

 Philippe Boucard, Lamé Delisle Boucard, Bourgueil

 Laurent Saget, Domaine des Grands Esperances, Touraine 

 Vincent le Cuisinier singing his big hit:
'Au revoir ma petite poule....'

Bruno Curassier, Domaine de la Grange, Touraine 



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Striking out: driving from London to the Loire!

L'eglise à Epeigné-les-Bois, Indre et Loire 

Today we drove from London to the Cher Valley (Touraine). Having followed the recent news about strikes in France and the shortage of fuel we were a little apprehensive about the journey. 

We made sure that we filled up on our way out of London, giving us plenty of fuel to complete our journey without needing to fill up in France. However, it was clear that there was fuel at the service stations we passed on our way down from Calais via Rouen, Alençon, Le Mans and Tours.  Certainly no sign of the motorways we used being blocked. 

We arrived in time to crack open a couple of bottles of Château de l'Aulée's very good Brut Zéro and a couple of Bruno Curassier's excellent 2014 Gamay – Domaine de la Grange, Touraine.    

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Good BYOB dinner @ The Evening Flower in Newtonmore

The Wild Flour, Newtonmore  

Later in the day on Fridays and Saturdays The Wild Flour becomes 
The Evening Flower  

Last Saturday evening we had a very good meal at The Evening Flower in Newtonmore – a village some 15 miles south of Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands.  Not only was the food good but it is BYOB, which helps to keep the cost down. You need to book – tel: 01540-670975,

Menu for Spring – The Evening Flower  
 Slow cooked pork 

 Lamb shank 
 Lasagne with wild garlic 

 A scotch ribeye steak