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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, 9 September 2013

A remarkable night in Brixton featuring a Courtesan!

 Brixton Village market – covered way with lots of small places to eat
(above and below)

Last Thursday I spent the evening in Brixton. The first for many years. Although I spent around two years living on Acre Lane, the road that leads from the centre of Brixton through to Clapham Common, I have spent little time in the area recently. Brixton has tended to be a transit lounge for me passing through by car, bus or train but not stopping.

Last Thursday it was different as I was invited to dinner at Courtesan, an excellent and innovative dim sum restaurant on the Atlantic Road, to meet Jeremy Dineen, the winemaker for Josef Chromy in Tasmania, whose 2011 Chardonnay had won an international trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards dinner the night before.  

I was totally unprepared for the recent changes in Brixton – the buzzy market area full of places to eat. I had time for a quick look around the market before moving on to Atlantic Road passing the new Chix & Buck venture – The Wine Parlour on the corner of Vining Street and Atlantic Road.

Chix & Buck – The Wine Parlour

 Courtesan: Dim Sum in Atlantic Road

The bar@Courtesan – cocktails are a speciality 

 Jeremy Dineen exploring a cocktail

 Down in the boudoir

Basins in the apparently highly rated women's rooms
A touch of Marie Antoinette?

Duck Puffs 

 Jeremy Dineen

 Pepik: Riesling sparking wine in a Sekt style – quite light and very refreshing

 The back label 

 Riesling in a Mosel style with 7.5% alc

 More good things to eat!

The 2011 award winning Chardonnay 

 2010 Pinot Noir, Josef Chromy

 Pretty stunning – Wagyu and Rib Eye Sliders!

Hammant – owner and designer of Courtesan

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