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 investdrinks.org

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




Sunday, 21 May 2017

Shanghai @ night with views across the Huangpu River

 Opened in 1994 the Purple Haze building was the first sizeable one in 
Pudong – extraordinary speed of development 

Some photos from Shanghai's waterfront showing the extraordinary that has transformed the Pudong district over the past 20 years or so. 

 Pudong – a forest of high buildings 
(above and below) 





 Flowers on the wall of the Bund 


Buildings close to the Bund on the Western Bank




Saturday, 20 May 2017

Netta – 93 years young @Fonab Castle, Pilochry


Netta @93 years young



Special Macintyre day as Netta, Carole's mum celebrated her 93rd birthday with a special and excellent afternoon tea at Fonab Castle, Pitlochry

CRM and Netta

 

 Group – Netta, Ruaridh, Rowan and Susie


Susie and Rowan 
(above and below) 

 
 Rowan – 'young blue eyes'
Grandma Christine with Rowan

Calum 

Sandeman Restaurant
 
James Payne, maître d' and sommelier 
at Fonab Castle with a bottle of 1982 Sandeman Vintage Port 

James Payne – Confrérie du Sabre d'Or

Wine storage @Fonab Castle  

 Original entrance to the castle
 – now a small reception room
(above and below)

.... with its selection of whisky

 View from Fonab Castle over the River Tummel


Friday, 19 May 2017

China – walled in!


 The wall snakes over the mountains

If in Beijing for the first time a visit to the Great Wall is obligatory even though it took us hours to get there because of the traffic. Despite the time spent in jams the Great Wall is spectacular and worth the effort. Parts of the wall are very steep, so the soldiers must have kept very fit! It is also an amazing feat of engineering but a certainly deadly one with as many as 400,000 perishing during its construction.

JB and CRM @the Wall

 CRM iFoning the wall


CRM on the steepest part 

CRM ... nearly there 


Local man relaxing on the wall