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 investdrinks.org

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




Sunday, 7 February 2016

Benoît Violier: victim of a very big fine wine fraud? True or false?



'Après le suicide de Benoît Violier dimanche 31 janvier, et les obsèques du 5 février auxquelles ont assisté 1500 personnes, émerge le scénario d'une énorme escroquerie ayant précédé la tragédie. En effet, de nouvelles informations parvenues à Bilan laissent penser que le célèbre chef étoilé de l’Hôtel de ville de Crissier (VD) aurait été pris dans des démêlés financiers, qui n’étaient pas de son fait, mais qui porteraient sur des pertes liées à des investissements dans de grands vins, dans le cadre d’une vaste escroquerie orchestrée par une société valaisanne.' 

Did one of the world's most highly regarded chefs commit suicide at the end of January because he was one of the victim's of a big fine wine fraud. Did Benoît Violier lose up to 2 million Swiss Francs

Read the rest of Le Bilan's story here. 

However, Le Bilan's story has been denied by the Procureur Général for the Canton of Valais, who has been looking into the affairs of Private Finance Partners, the company that is alleged to be the vehicle for the alleged fraud. According to the Procureur Général, Violier does not featured amongst those who have complained or the victims. 

Read the denials here – Heures 24: Vaud et Régions  


    

Saturday, 6 February 2016

PUBLIC MEETING - Save Lewisham Libraries: Tuesday 7th February



PUBLIC MEETING - Save Lewisham Libraries
Tuesday 9 February - 7pm
New Cross Learning
283-285 New Cross Road
SE14 6AS

As strikes begin across South London to defend library services, come to our public meeting to hear the latest on the fight for libraries in Lewisham and to get involved with our campaign.

With speakers:
Alan Gibbons - children's author and library campaigner
Chrissie Gittins - Lewisham Writer in Residence
Kathy Smith - Bromley libraries striker
Jenny Leow - student healthworker, NHS bursaries campaign
Plus Save Lewisham Libraries campaigners

Please invite your friends on facebook and share our event.
 

Speak Up for Libraries - Lobby of parliament
Tuesday 9 February
The national Speak up for Libraries campaign will be holding a lobby in Westminster next week.
Full details at: speakupforlibraries.org

Support striking library workers:
Send messages of support for Lambeth, Greenwich and Bromley libraries to

Lambeth: savelambethlibraries@googlemail.com
Bromley: bromleyunite1@outlook.com
Greenwich: unite-union@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Follow us on Facebook!
Save Lewisham Libraries now has a Facebook page. Give us a 'like'  for all the latest news here.


Friday, 5 February 2016

2016 Salon des Vins de Loire: some photos from Tuesday 2nd February


Côtes d'Auvergne + IPG

It was very good to see Annie Sauvat and Michel Blot again. I visited them in Boudes away back in August 2009. They continue to make good wine and I was pleased to see that Michel is still as Feisty as ever!

 Annie Sauvat 

 Michel Blot


 Romain Redde, Domaine Michel Redde 
with their new cuvée:  2014 Barre à Mine: from their vineyard 
in an old quarry 



New président of the Savennières Syndicat 

Anjou Coteaux de la Loire  

Angelique Gabrielle, Châteaumeillant

Juli Roumet: iPhotographer