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




Friday, 26 August 2016

Frédéric Brochet and Ampelidae expands into Touraine




Already easily the largest player in Haut-Poitou, the dynamic Frédéric Brochet and Ampelidae have now expanded into Touraine taking over the management of the Bourgueil and Chinon vineyards that belonged to Pierre-Jacques Druet. Ampelidae have also taken over the running of the Touraine AC and Montlouis vines of Clos du Porteau based in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher. All the wines will be organic.

Aynard de Clermont Tonnerre from the Clos du Porteau has now been appointed to look after the commercial side of Ampelidae. Clermont Tonnerre used to be a banker with Commerzbank.

With 230 hectares now under their control Ampelidae are becoming an increasingly important player in the Loire. 

    


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Harleys gathering for Thunder in the Glens 2016: 26th-29th August


 Thursday: young bikers heading for Aviemore and 
Thunder in the Glen 2016
after a brief pause in Newtonmore  
(above and below)

From Monday there have been increasing signs of Harleys and other bikes arriving for this weekend's annual Thunder in the Glens gathering in Aviemore. On Monday, while out riding my mountain bike near to the A9, I heard the unmistakable chugging, throaty gargle of a trio of Harley's making their way up to the top of the Drumochter Pass. My first Harleys of the weekend arriving several days early – rather like hearing the first cuckoo of Spring .... 

Since then there have been a gradual increase in sightings as some choose to come of the busy A9 and make their way to Aviemore through Newtonmore, Kingussie and Kincraig along what was the old A9.










Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre – Jazz with Muscadet + 25th-28th August 2016





The programme starts tomorrow:

'Partenaire historique des Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, les vignerons de Nantes donnent rendez-vous du 26 au 28 aout 2016, aux amateurs de jazz et de plaisance autour de dégusta- tions des trois AOC de Nantes : Muscadet, Gros Plant du Pays Nantais et Coteaux d’Ancenis.

Dégustations sur les croisières entreprises et dans les espaces VIP émailleront les trois jours de fête. Le Muscadet, incontournable sur l’événement, prendra aussi ses quartiers sur la Quai Barbusse avec son bar de dégustation animé par les vignerons qui, comme chaque an- née, devient un rendez-vous incontournable des festivaliers. Un moment de plaisir privilégié pour le public nantais afin de découvrir des muscadets élégants et de se laisser surprendre par la diversité de cette AOC. Ce partenariat s’inscrit dans la dynamique des Vins de NANTES à conquérir la métropole pour en faire une ambassade du vignoble.'