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

Friday, 2 December 2016

Adegga Christmas Wine Market 2016 – some photos

Adegga Winemarket @The Marriott Hotel, Lisbon

A vertical of Niepoort's Batuta (Douro): 1999-2014
a highlight of the Premium Room 

Deliocious chocolates filled with Port and Madeira
One of the Port chocs went well with Noval Vintage 1994 
giving it added complexity 

1999 the first vintage of Batuta  

2011 Mouchão Tonel No 3-4  
Tonel is an iconic Portuguese red  

Some lovely Ports:

 Calém 1961 Colheita 
 Burmester 1952 Colheita 
 Kopke 1957 Colheita 

 A tug of war or struggling with waxed capped bottle? 

Another star treat from Niepoort
1934 Colheita

A detailed report on the wines in the Premium Room will follow.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Adegga Winemarket Lisboa: 1st December 2016

Great opportunity today to taste wines from 60 of Portugal's most interesting producers plus an amazing range of 30 wines in the Premium Room at the Adegga Christmas Winemarket. This includes a vertical of Niepoort's Batuta from 2014 back to 1999, which was the first vintage of this Douro wine. Fruit from the north facing Quinta do Carril is an important component of Batuta. 

Today's Adegga Winemarket is being held at the Marriott Hotel Lisboa, Av. dos Combatentes 45, 1600-042 Lisboa

An amazing range: 
Uma sala exclusiva com 30 dos melhores vinhos de Portugal (incluindo uma incrível vertical de vinhos de Douro). A Lista de Vinhos Oficial da Sala Premium do Adegga WineMarket:
1 Monte da Ravasqueira MR Espumante 2012
2 Quinta do Síbio Samarrinho 2015
3 Quinta da Alorna - Marquesa de Alorna Grande Reserva 2014
4 Quinta Maria Izabel - Vinhas Velhas - Vinhas da Princesa 2014
5 Quinta dos Carvalhais Branco Especial
6 Anselmo Mendes Parcela Única 2011 (Double Magnum)
7 Quinta do Portal Touriga Nacional 2000 (Magnum)
8 Monte da Ravasqueira MR Premium Touriga Nacional 2012
9 Quinta do Piloto Coleção de Familia 2013
10 Herdade do Mouchão Tonel nº 3-4 2011
11 Quinta dos Carvalhais Reserva Tinto 2011
12 Casa Ferreirinha Quinta da Leda 2014
13 Quinta dos Murças VV47
14 Niepoort Batuta 1999
15 Niepoort Batuta 2000
16 Niepoort Batuta 2001 (Magnum)
17 Niepoort Batuta 2003
18 Niepoort Batuta 2004 (Magnum)
19 Niepoort Batuta 2005 (Magnum)
20 Niepoort Batuta 2007 (Magnum)
21 Niepoort Batuta 2008
22 Niepoort Batuta 2009
23 Niepoort Batuta 2010
24 Niepoort Batuta 2011
25 Niepoort Batuta 2012
26 Niepoort Batuta 2013
27 Niepoort Batuta 2014
28 Quinta do Noval Vintage 1994
29 Quinta do Noval Colheita 1976
30 Cálem Colheita 1961
31 Burmester Colheita 1952
32 Kopke Colheita 1957
33 Real Companhia Velha 1938
34 Niepoort Colheita 1934

BILHETES (tickets):


 André Ribeirinho, Adegga's chief evangelist,
in the Alentejo – July 2016
@Mouchão July 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Shameless, indulgent nostalgia .........

 1986: Wearing a Redmon Cycling Club sweat-shirt

During a slightly overdue tidy-up I came across some photos from the 1980s and 1990s. My apologies for the nostalgic and rather egotistical memories.  

 1986 Vaucluse: Max Hasender of Schwarzenfeld, 
Jim and Paul, Max's eldest son 
1986 Cycling in Bavaria 
 1986 Bavaria: Almost a white shirt – what can he have been thinking of?

1986 Bavaria: Max Hasender, Jim, CRM and Richard Hasender, Max's father

 February 1989 Muscadet CRM with a 
once serious wine writer visting François Bonnehomme
(above and below) 
on first assignment for Decanter

Pays Nantais with Gilbert Bossard  
Not sure of the date

Pays Nantais with Jean-Ernest Sauvion 
then of Château du Cléray and Maison Sauvion  

September 1992: being intronised into 
Les Entonneurs Rabelaisiens de Chinon
Glass of Chinoin already empty......