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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

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

From other blogs today: Global Escrow Exchange (investdrinks) and Chardonnay week (Les 5 du Vin)

Global Escrow Exchange – claiming to have clients' assets from Encarta Fine Wines

Message from TB:
'I received a call yesterday and again about 10 minutes ago from a one Mr.Alan Accott who says he is with “GLOBAL ESCROW EXCHANGE”, their registered Office in Harrow and Trading Office in Central London. They have a telephone number 020-7310 8461, and another one 0304-2398.

I was one of the customers at Encarta Wines (now in liquidation) and these guys maintain my wine portfolio was sold and is now held in “Escrow”. The figure they say is being held is £64,644.39 and to receive this money I have to pay £3,232.06 “holding fees”.'
Global Esrow Exchange is not a UK registered company. Its contact address is 27-28 Clements Lane, London EC4N 7AE. This is a Regus serviced office and meeting room block in the City of London.

Global Escrow Exchange claims on their website to have been trading for more than 60 years. so it is curious that their website was only launched in May 2016, they use an accommodation address in the City of London and that they are not a UK registered company.

Read the rest here


Hervé Lalau, our esteemed editor on Les 5 du Vin, has arranged that this week, as we do from time to time, that we should a common theme, so we are looking at Chardonnay outside its spiritual Burgundian home.

David Cobbold started the week off on Monday with a look at the diversity of Australian Chardonnay. Details here.  

Le Montaillant planted with Chardonnay
in the Côtes de la Charité      

 Today I asked: Internationally planted but internationally adapted?

'I am increasingly convinced that as a general rule grape varieties show their best when the local climate means that in most years they are picked in the middle/latter part of September or early October in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern this would be March/April.'
Tomorrow's post is by Hervé Lalau and he has chosen to highlight Ukrainian Chardonnay. Read the post here.

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