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, 19 March 2018

A few more wedding photos featuring the good choice of wine

Shona – a beautiful bride and smart wine buyer

The wines served at Shona and Liam's wedding reception were well chosen by Shona. Following the marital ceremony Bouvet's well-made Saumur Brut. This mainly Chenin Blanc with some Chardonnay. It worked very well – at times like this there is no sense in going beyond a well-made, agreeable glass of fizz.

Few, if any, wedding guests are paying much attention to the wine in their glass as long as it is enjoyable since they are busy chatting, taking photos etc.    

Guests enjoying their Bouvet:

Cheerful hats 
(above and below)

Relaxed elegance ...... or

... more formal

Serving more Bouvet ready for the toasts

Wines with the meal:

For the meal Shona opted for the 2016 Devil's Creek, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough and, for the red – the 2016 Porta 6 from the Lisbon area – a blend of 50% Tinto Roriz, 40% Castelãu and 10% Touriga Nacional. I ought to have been able to provide a tasting note for the Sauvignon Blanc but I forgot to try it – what did I say about wine and weddings! 

Instead like many of the rest of the guests I went for the attractively softly black fruited but nicely concentrated Porta 6 – a good example of how good Portuguese red wines can be without concentrating on international varieties. 


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Shona and Liam's wedding – a few photos

 Here comes the bride: 
Shona with her father Jim 
(above and below)

On Saturday CRM and I were at Shona and Liam's wedding at Guardswell Farm, which is between Perth and Dundee. The wedding was a warm and happy occasion in marked contrast to the weather which was wild with frequent snow showers and bitterly cold.


 Start of the ceremony

 Ring time 

 Shona Mackie-Macintyre and 
Liam Macintyre-Mackie embrace
(above and below)

 Comin' up for air....

Signing the register

 After the signing 
 The happy couple

The wedding meal – ready for the speeches 

More photos to follow in a separate post

Friday, 16 March 2018

Loire – a few dates for your diary


Central Loire:

31st March - 2nd April: Reuilly 65th Fête du Vin et de la Gastronomie

31st March - 2nd April: Châteaumeillant, Foire aux Vins


7th and 8th April: VinaViva, Saint-Étienne de Chigny 

26th-27th May: VitiLoire, Tours