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, 9 December 2011

Circle of Wine Writers 2011 Christmas Party courtesy of Virginia Wine

The Old Hall, The Hon. Society of Lincoln's Inn, London

The Circle of Wine Writers 2011 Christmas party was held in the magnificent setting of the Old Hall in the heart of Lincoln's Inn. Our generous hosts this year were The Virginia Wine Board and Virginia Tourism and a selection of wines from The Commonwealth of Virginia were served. The Circle was officially welcomed by Todd Haymore, Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Circle of Wine Writers was founded back in 1960 by the late Cyril Ray and 'this blogger' has been a member of the Circle since 1990. Over the years the Circle has been lucky to hold our Christmas party in a number of splendid venues including the National Gallery with the opportunity to see the Velázquez, The House of Lords and several imposing embassies but surely nothing as old and as historic as The Old Hall.

Todd Haymore: Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Todd Haymore addressing the Circle and guests

Steven Spurrier: chairman of the Circle

Luca Paschina, Daphne and Michael Broadbent

Barley Blyton (2011 Young Wine Writer of the Year) and Yvonne May (Wine Australia)

Emma Wellings (Emma Wellings PR)

The twins: Michael (Chile) and David (New Zealand)

Giles Fallowfield: one of the UK's leading writers on Champagne

Michael Edwards: another of the UK's leading Champagne writers

Claudia Brown (Wines of South Africa) winner of one of the prize hampers



The Drinks Business has an interview with Todd Haymore here.

Second tranche of photos to come









3 comments:

Warren Edwardes said...

I suggest that Circle of Wine Writers members should publish a Register of Interests.

http://goo.gl/Eo7Kd

Jim Budd said...

Thanks Warren. I'll put that to the committee.

Jim Budd said...

PS Warren. I do make a general declaration of interests on my blogger's profile.