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

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Vinderella: UK drinks trade raising money for charity

Ugly sister – Botrytis: Charles Metcalfe

Wot a stunning pair of pins!

This evening saw the preview of the excellent Vinderella put on by the Benevolent and the Theatre of Wine. Full of wonderfully ridiculous jokes – my favourite was 'Amy Housewine', closely followed by the 'Katie Price Academy' – and great fun.

The other ugly sister – Phylloxera: Alastair Llewellyn-Smith

It's on for the next three nights – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – at the 300 seat John McIntosh Theatre at the London Oratory School, Seagrave Road SW6 – nearest tube is West Brompton. Tickets range from £10 - £35 and are available via the Benevolent - +44 (0)207 089 3888, or online at

Mildew Pearce (TV Anchorwoman): Hannah Tovey

Eutypiose (Stepmother to Vinderella): Sarah Reed

Eutypiose with Lord Stirling (?): Walter Speller

Vinderella (Anna Noble) and Price Charmes Chambertin (Andrew Reed)

Phylloxera's shoe

Debby Collinson – best dressed member of the chorus in the 1st Act with a memorable shirt

Lord Adam Brett-Smith (Corney & Barrow) makes a brief but dashing cameo appearance

Daniel Illsley: writer and director (Theatre of Wine)

Botrytis surrounded by fans


Anonymous said...

What, no Ant and Dec!!!

Great evening by the looks of it.

Bob in Alberta.

Jim's Loire said...

Great evening indeed, Bob. Almost merits a special trip over from Alberta.

No need for Ant and Dec!

Jean said...

It looks like you had a smashing time. What fun. And what did you dress up as ? Any pictures ?

Jim's Loire said...

Jean. I was one of the audience and just wore one of my normal shirts.