Investigative story of the year
The part played by Don Cornwell on the Wine Berserkers thread in the exposure and arrest of Rudy Kurniawan in particular the Burgundies due to be auctioned by Spectrum Wine Auctions and Vanquish Wine Ltd of London on 8th February 2012 until the lots were pulled just before the auction.
Le VifL'Expess and FT: valuation of Nobles Crus wine fund
At the end of September questions were raised by Le Vif L'Express and the Financial Times over the valuation of the Nobles Crus wine investment fund run by Elite Advisers. Despite a number of attempts to rubbish Liv-Ex data, which is used to value at least ten other wine investment funds, questions over the validity of the valuations remain.
EWBC - Digital Wine Communicators of the Year Conference in Izmir
My wine of the year plus tasting of the year
Very close second:
Tasting of museum stock of Domaine Huet (Vouvray) back to 1924 with Noël Pinguet in London to mark the purchase by Berry Bros & Rudd of all the stock of old Huet vintages from 1975 to 1919 and 1989.
Jean-Pierre Meyers who finally decided that the reputation of Internet wine company 1855 was too toxic and withdrew his money.
‘Arnaque’ share of the year:
1855 – over the past few months its value has oscillated between 0.02€ and 0.03€. Will it fall further in 2013? Does 0.01€ beckon?
French commentary on Mark Cavendish's brilliant sprint win in Brive.
Naturally The Drinks Business didn't bother to contact me before publishing this tripe. I have had very little contact with any of Campo’s relatives or business associates. In early September 2009 I spoke very briefly on the phone once to Melissa Butler, Campo’s wife, when trying to contact Campo for a comment on the Interpol red notice story that Adam Lechmere and I would run on decanter.com (4th September 2012).
There were other gems in the 'interview':