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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, 27 June 2017

Loire Wine Study Tour with Pascaline Lepeltier MS: October 2017

 Château de Chenonceau

Organised by the Wine Scholar Guild Pascaline Lepeltier MS will be leading their first wine study trip to the Loire Valley in October 2017 from 22nd to 27th. Pascaline is from the Loire but now works as a sommelier in New York.

The trip includes visits to Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur Champigny and Savennières. Details here


The Vienne and Chinon 

Press release from Wine Guild about the Loire Tour:

Wine Scholar Guild announces the list of preeminent producers visited on its
2017 Loire Wine Immersion Trip with Loire Native and Master Sommelier, Pascaline Lepeltier

Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) is pleased to announce the list of preeminent producers scheduled to be visited during our 2017 Loire Wine Immersion Trip. This trip offers tours of some of the most distinguished and renowned Loire Valley wine cellars combined with intensive, professional-level education and exclusive wine tastings. All visits are led by Pascaline Lepeltier, MS, a prominent expert on the region.

Ms. Lepeltier, born and raised in the Loire Valley, achieved the Master Sommelier title in 2014. She has quietly accrued an array of impressive awards and accolades over her career, including “one of the five best new US sommeliers” by Wine and Spirits magazine, one of the “40 under 40 Tastemakers” by Wine Enthusiast and “Best long wine list 2017” by World of Fine Wine. Pascaline continues to make a name for herself as a noted author and expert on Loire Valley wines. She is a passionate Loire Valley advocate who will provide trip participants with an unparalleled opportunity to discover the region from an insider’s perspective.

“To me, the Loire Valley is the greatest wine region in the world for its diversity of styles and expression, its history, its beauty, its quality & age worthiness for value, and its generous, forward-thinking spirit. No wine region can combine so many qualities and so many nuances in a bottle.”—Pascaline Lepeltier, MS

The Wine Scholar Guild will be offering just one trip to the Loire Valley in 2017 and we will be visiting the crème de la crème of Loire Valley estates and producers. We’ve carefully curated an exceptional mix of historic, world- renowned estates and the rising stars of the new generation. Participants will explore iconic producers like Vacheron (Sancerre), Huet (Vouvray), Chidaine (Montlouis) and Breton (Bourgueil / Chinon).  The group will also tour important up-and-coming estates such as Grange Tiphaine (Montlouis), Vincent Carême (Vouvray) and Thierry Germain (Saumur). Meet the region’s most important wine personalities who are pushing boundaries and defining the region’s vinous future.

Click here to explore the complete, and exceptional, 2017 Loire itinerary.

Wine Scholar Guild immersion trips have been hailed by past participants as “trips of a lifetime” and are truly unique, remarkable opportunities not available anywhere else. These tours offer unparalleled hands-on education, personal tastings tutored by leading wine professionals and unprecedented access to top wine estates. The expertise, education and connections gained on this trip will not only enhance your career, but could quite possibly change your life.

Designed for professionals and committed students of wine and limited to 18 participants, the Loire trip will focus on gaining insider knowledge and staying ahead of the curve on current practices and trends in the region. The package includes gourmet meals at renowned restaurants, all wines, wine tastings, vineyard tours, first-rate accommodations and luxury transportation within the region.

For more information on the full range of Wine Scholar Guild Wine Immersion Trips, or to arrange interview with the WSG education team and/or trip instructor Pascaline Lepeltier MS, please contact us or visit our website at

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