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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

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Cricketing press trip for 2005 La Grande Tablée@Saumur

An unlikely score even by Australian standards: 992 runs in just 19 overs!

Back in early August 2005 the producers of Saumur-Champigny organised a brilliant UK press and trade trip (Thursday to Sunday) to coincide with La Grande Tablée (one of the world's largest picnics) and to include a cricket match. One of the leading organisers was Krishna Lester then running Château de Chaintre. The result of the cricket match was a close victory for the UK team.   

The French team in relaxed mode (above and below)

Eric Charruau, Domaine Val-Brun, who proved to be a formidable bat

Anglo-French compromise – tea and Saumur-Champigny

 La Grande Tablée: setting up 

 Tables ready for the crowds 

Malcolm Gluck, a UK wine writer, concentrating on a shot

Jack Hibberd, then of harpers wine & spirit magazine, 
lately Liv-ex, now brewing in East London

La Loire

 Evening light on bridge@Saumur (above and below)

 Rail bridge@Saumur over Loire 
 Morning light on bridge

 Saturday lunchtime in a bar in the centre of Saumur with an accordion player
Time if I remember to taste a few Cabernet de Saumurs

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