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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

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Some good reading: en primeur risks + Parkenstein

Château Lafite-Rothschild

Useful explanation of the risks involved in buying wine en primeur and possible legal remedies. Victims of 1855 may find this useful:

Grégory Vavasseur, avocat à la Cour

Mon blog:
La vente de vin en primeur et ses pièges
Publié le Monday, January 02, 2012 11:03 PM

'Imaginée par le négoce bordelais, ce système consiste à acheter des vins peu de temps après la vendange et donc au commencement de leur élaboration, qui seront livrés une à trois années plus tard, au moment de leur mise en bouteille, après règlement de la TVA.'


Then some humorous reading while we await with growing patience for the Parker Report, the three-part Parkenstein from Ron Washam (HoseMaster of Wine):

Monkton, MD, 20 October, 20__

My Dearest Sister,

And so it was that I made the acquaintance of Robert Parkenstein on my stop in Maryland. He was washed up on shore, but, then, I was later to learn that he had been washed up for a very long time, a victim of his nefarious scheme to defy Creation and play God himself. And as we were marooned in the God-forsaken shithole that is Monkton, my ship awaiting better weather, the storm blowing harder than a Michelle Bachman speech, I heard the horrifying and sad story that is Parkenstein’s. We had long hours to talk, and I came to feel sorry for him, though it was simple hubris that destroyed him. That and his mortuarial creation. I will tell his story in his words as I remember them, though his breath was most foul, smelling of hedonism and Gruner Veltliner, and it was hard to be in a small room with him as he had the figure and charm of a beanbag chair.

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