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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

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Eating well in Scotland: The Evening Flower – eve of birthday celebration

Last night we celebrated the eve of my birthday at The Evening Flower – the café in Newtonmore that is The Wild Flour during the day. The Evening Flower runs on Friday and Saturday and is really excellent with the great advantage that you can bring your own wine, beer etc.

We were a party of 16 – family and friends. Our wine choices were not fancy but instead assured value. Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava as the celebratory apéro.    
First courses: 
 Excellent seared Orkney king scallops, 
asparagus, garlic butter & capers 

 Seared wood pigeon breast, Stornaway black pudding, 
raspberry & balsamic dressing, pine nuts

Goats' cheese, toasted walnuts, red onion marmalade

2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, 
Domaine de la Tourmaline, Gadais Père et fils


Lamb cutlets, creamy rosemary mash, mint & balsamic sauce

 Sage, apricot & garlic pork chop, 
apple & fennel seed sauce, new potatoes

Ribeye steak, roast tomato, flat mushroom, new potaoes
pea shoots, red wine & caramelised onion gravy

2015 Combe aux Jacques, Beaujolais Villages
Louis Jadot

 Chocolate and walnut torte

 Vanilla crème brulée with strawberries 

 Celebratory chocolate brownie with candles 
and a scoop of chocolate ice cream 

Not sure that he asked permission but was happy to share my birthday with Usain Bolt..... 

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