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, 20 April 2014

Café de la Promenade (Bourgueil): Joseph and Filliatreau

 Dominique Joseph (Le Petit Saint-Vincent, Saumur)
 tasting his 2012 nobile, Saumur (below)

Saturday 5th April: dropped into Café de la Promenade for lunch where Dominique Joseph and Frédéric Filliatreau were having lunch with their wives. The 2012 nobile (100% Chenin) Le Petit Saint Vincent was showing very well.


Frédéric Filliatreau (Domaine Filliatreau)


Ludo Ragot of Café de la Promenade pouring wine


Château de Luynes


Series of photos taken of Château de Luynes, originally constructed in 13th Century, in early April.



Black specs on the photos seem to be birds rather than dirt on camera 



Saturday, 19 April 2014

Amboise: Foire aux Vins 2014 through to Monday 21st April



The annual Foire aux Vins de Pâques à Amboise is now on until Monday. As usual it is being held in the tunnel under the Château d'Amboise. Costs 3 euros to buy a tasting glass.  
 

The tunnel under the château


Friday, 18 April 2014

Bonhomme and Puzelats: 2014 Portes Ouvertes – 3rd and 4th May


The 2014 edition of the Portes Ouvertes held by Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme, Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat in partnership with Hervé Villemade and their potes ouvertes will be on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May from 11am to 6pm at the Clos du Tue-Boeuf, Les Montils.

The Potes Ouvertes are Catherine and Pierre Breton (Bourgueil and Chinon), Le Briseau (Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières), Les Capriades (Pétillant Naturel de Touraine), Les Foulards Rouges (Côtes du Roussillon), Agnès and Jean Foillard (Morgon and Fleurie), Jean-Sébastien Gioan (Côtes du Roussillon), La Loirette (Bière artisanale de Touraine), Château Meylet (Saint-Emilion), Agnès and René Mosse (Anjou and Savennières), Eric Piffierling (Tavel and Lirac), Frantz Saumon (Montlouis), Hervé Villemade (Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny) and Domaine Yoyo (Banyuls). 


Hervé Villemade@The Real Wine Fair, London 13th April 2014
 
 Pierre Breton@The Real Wine Fair, London 13th April 2014