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

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

2011 Decanter World Wine Awards

The roof at Earls Court tube station above the District line on my commute in
Some of the judges, including Stephen Brook, relaxing in the warm sunshine during lunch

The Loire panel today awarded the first Gold medal for two years. We gonged an excellent 2009 Pouilly-Fumé.


Anonymous said...


who is on the Loire Panel this year? (or is that barred until reults are announced?


Jim's Loire said...


No it is not a secret. We have regulars Chris Kissack (The Wine Doctor) and Nigel Wilkinson (RSJ Restaurant). Neil Irvine (No2 Pound Street) joined us this year for the three days – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Because of the record entry this year there was an additional jury on Tuesday with Stephen Skelton MW, Laura Rhys (Hotel TerraVina) and Rebecca Palmer (Corney & Barrow).

Anonymous said...

too bad the current decanter dumps on the whites from the centre for 2009.

Jim's Loire said...

Anon. My vintage report in the May issue of Decanter reflects that 2009 was a difficult vintage for parts of the Central Vineyards because of the problems arising from the successive hailstorms.

Am I supposed to ignore this?

Jim's Loire said...

I should mention that Sarah Ahmed, a vital member of the Loire panel in previous years, has been promoted to be regional chair for Portugal.