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

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Jim's Loire charity ride: stop@Domaine FL with Charlie

 Jim with Charles Eric Pasquiers, general manager of Domaine FL
@FL's new winery (above and below)  

On the last two days of my cycle trip down the Loire from its source in the Ardèche I was joined by Charles Eric 'Charlie' Pasquiers. Charlie had been a track rider and, like me, has recently got back into cycling. At the end of May 2014 he completed the Bordeaux-Paris ride – 618 kilometres. On our way from Bourgueil to Ancenis (Tuesday 23rd September) covering 143 kilometres we did a slight diversion to visit Domaine FL's new winery, which is on top of the ridge at Rochefort-sur-Loire, and involved quite a steep climb up out of the small town. It was FL's first day of picking – they started with Savennières.  

Remarkably Charlie covered the entire 143 kilometres eating nothing after his early breakfast of coffee and croissant in a café in Bourgueil. He lasted the day on water!

Many thanks again for all the generous donations received, which has now pushed the total to the two charities to over the equivalent of £3200. 

Fortunately there's still time to donate.  Here's where:
Gustave Roussy 

Teenage Cancer Trust   

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