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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, 27 August 2016

Harley Davidsons parade at Aviemore: 27th August 2016

 Hundreds line Aviemore's main street – here by the railway station  
– waiting for the Harleys to head out on the afternoon rally
(above and below)

We went up to Aviemore – 15 miles to the North of Newtonmore – to see what was happening with the annual Thunder in the Glens. We arrived in time to catch the start of the Saturday rally out to Grantown-on-Spey.  

Part of the huge pack of Harleys 
headed out of Aviemore  
(above and below)

A mini-Harley.....

Earlier two Harleys in Newtonmore 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Frédéric Brochet and Ampelidae expands into Touraine

Already easily the largest player in Haut-Poitou, the dynamic Frédéric Brochet and Ampelidae have now expanded into Touraine taking over the management of the Bourgueil and Chinon vineyards that belonged to Pierre-Jacques Druet. Ampelidae have also taken over the running of the Touraine AC and Montlouis vines of Clos du Porteau based in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher. All the wines will be organic.

Aynard de Clermont Tonnerre from the Clos du Porteau has now been appointed to look after the commercial side of Ampelidae. Clermont Tonnerre used to be a banker with Commerzbank.

With 230 hectares now under their control Ampelidae are becoming an increasingly important player in the Loire. 


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Harleys gathering for Thunder in the Glens 2016: 26th-29th August

 Thursday: young bikers heading for Aviemore and 
Thunder in the Glen 2016
after a brief pause in Newtonmore  
(above and below)

From Monday there have been increasing signs of Harleys and other bikes arriving for this weekend's annual Thunder in the Glens gathering in Aviemore. On Monday, while out riding my mountain bike near to the A9, I heard the unmistakable chugging, throaty gargle of a trio of Harley's making their way up to the top of the Drumochter Pass. My first Harleys of the weekend arriving several days early – rather like hearing the first cuckoo of Spring .... 

Since then there has been a gradual increase in sightings as some choose to come off the busy A9 and make their way to Aviemore through Newtonmore, Kingussie and Kincraig along what was the old A9.