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, 15 September 2014

2014 Bourgueillothérapie (13.9): photos from Saint-Nicolas-de-B + Promenade

 Artists and producers in the recently renovated space in front of 
the church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 

Artists and producers@Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
As promised some photos from the most westerly group of Bourgueillothérapie artists and producers. From the wines tasted here I was most impressed with Domaine Amirault poured by Xavier Amirault and those of Gérard Vallée (Domaine de la Cotelleraie).   

 Musical duo

 Sandrine Duveau – her painting won a prize this year

 Valérie Herlin@work on her prize winning sculpture
in memory of Anne Graindorge who died 
with shocking suddenness in mid-March 2014

 An earlier sculpture from Valérie with and without leaf

A fresh bottle of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil

The old bottle of Saint-Nicolas

Artists and a producer@Café de la Promenade

Loick Terquem, Domaine de la Folie Lucé
Dampierre-sur-la-Loire (Saumur-Champigny)

2014 Bourgueillothérapie: Eddy Oosterlinck now best dressed man in Layon

 A now resplendent and relaxed Eddy

As well as making some of the best sweet wine (also very good dry) in the Layon, Eddy Oosterlinck (Domaine de Juchepie) became the valley's indisputably best dressed man when he bought my shirt@the 2014 Bourgueillothérapie auction. The auction raised money for La Croix Rouge.  

Earlier in the day Eddy in checked shirt 
looking a little stressed

Jim wearing the shirt before it was auctioned.
One of a series to celebrate the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival

Sunday, 14 September 2014

2014 Bourgueillothérapie: the artists au boulot!


Photos of the artists creating their work for the 2014 Bourgueillothérapie. This year they are grouped in four different locations: Château de Minière, Domaine de la Chevalerie, in front of l'eglise de Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Café de la Promenade.  

Château de Minière

Rudy@Château de Minière

 Lina Ragot

 Au duo of artistes@Minière

 @Minière (above and below)

photographer@work in the kitchen of Minière

Domaine de la Chevalerie


Sandrine Duveau

 L'artist à la poubelle!!

Alexandre in the round...

Photos from Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Café de la Promenade in another post.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

2014 Bourgueillothérapie est partie – Chez les Caslots

 At table in the Caslot cellars
(above and below) 

The 2014 Bourgueillothérapie kicked off in the cellars of the Caslots (Domaine de la Chevalerie) last night with a very enjoyable and relaxed dinner for the artists and producers with a good number of Bourgueils to try. It has to be said, however, that the first red Bourgueil did not appear until 80 minutes (21.20) after we arrived at 20.00. This is believed to be a record! This deficiency was soon made up and this soirée de la modération finishing late. A few of the artists didn't get back to their hotel rooms until around 4am. 

Cooking the spuds!

Some say that the cellars of 
Domaine de la Chevalerie are haunted

 Newly wed

 Le discours de Ludo!!

 Sébastien David

Michael Keating@work

Alexandre: lighting up the artist... 

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