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, 29 May 2017

2009 Arbois, La Prieuré, Domaine du Prieurié, Touraine

2009 Arbois, La Prieuré
Domaine du Prieurié
Jean-Marc Gallou

It is rare to come across a 100% Arbois – also called Menu Pineau. According to Wikipedia this white grape variety comes from Touraine and there are around 650 hectares planted – 600 in Loir-et-Cher. A small percentage is allowed in Vouvray but is rarely used. I notice in the Vouvray décret of 8th June 2011 makes no mention of Arbois – need to check whether Arbois is no longer allowed in Vouvray.   

This 2009 Arbois, which is unwooded, was brought out by one of our group on Saturday evening. It was attractively crisp clean and mineral. It certainly wasn't showing its age and clearly would keep for many more years.  

Domaine du Prieuré in
Valaire has been in the hands of the same family since 1720. 

Since 1999 they have also offered chambres d'hôtes.      

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Epeigné-les-Bois – Randonnée + Fête Champêtre: 28th May 2017

Today was Epeigné's annual May time annual randonnée 
– walk or mountain bike 
10 or 17Km walk
25km, 45km, 60km VTT

 Bikes arriving and signing on 
(above and below)

Fête Champêtre with the Eddy Varnel Orchestre

 Lunch (above and below)


(above and below)

Eddy + Betty

Mickael – on keyboards

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Sadly SNCF KO's my visit to VitiLoire

I was looking forward to spending a few hours at VitiLoire in Tours today but unfortunately the SNCF appears to no longer run its train around 9.30am that gets into Tours mainline station about 10am just in time for the start of VitiLoire. 

Instead to get Tours I have to catch a train at around 7.15am with the next departure from Chenonceaux not until after 17.00. Madness!

Instead I decided to put in some miles for our Parkinson Pedallers' ride from Paulillac to La Lavinière in the Minervois – a good two hours or more on the pleasant and quiet Touraine roads. This is such a contrast after the crowded and busy London roads. Here most drivers give you plenty of space when they pass. Unfortunately there are the occasional few who pass too close despite it being very easy to give us a wider berth. 

We will be ride from Pauillac to La Livinière (Minervois) from 12th to 16th June to raise money for Parkinson's disease. Our ride has been inspired by Fergus Henderson, co-owner and chef at St John restaurant in Smithfield, London. Fergis and his business partner – Trevor Gulliver – have a vineyard in the Minervois. They have an annual fête des vins and our ride is tied into this celebration.

We would really appreciate any donation you are able to make to help combat Parkinson's. Many thanks.