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




Monday, 8 February 2016

Heading to Jerez tomorrow for 4th #winelover anniversary



Tomorrow we leave Lisbon to head to Spain with the two Andrés to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the #winelovers. The wines of Jerez have long been amongst our favourites. They are some of the few wines that we buy in the UK. 

The last time I was in Jerez was in 1997 – shoicked at how long since I have been back in this great region with its lovely and fascinating wines. 

The programme that has been put together for us #winelovers looks great!  
 
Tuesday. February 9th: Jerez de la Frontera
Welcome casual dinner at Restaurante Bocarambo, Jerez
Wednesday. February 10th Day 1 Jerez de la Frontera
9.15 – 10.00 welcome at the Consejo Regulador del Brandy y Los Vinos de Jerez Bertrán Domecq (President of the Consejo) & César Saldaña (Director)

Bodega 1: Tío Pepe – González Byass
10.00 – 10.20: transfer from the Consejo to “Viña la Canariera” from González Byass
10.20 – 11.20: technical visit of the vineyard

11.20 – 11.40: transfer from the vineyard to bodegas tío pepe

11.40 – 14.00: Bodegas Tío Pepe visit: “Ages of Tío Pepe” by Antonio Flores, Tío Pepe Sherry Master
14.00 – 16.30: paired lunch At Tío Pepe

Bodega 2: Bodega Lustau
18.15 – 20.30 : “Amontillados” by Manuel Lozano, Sherry Master & 7 years Best Fortified Oenologist*

20.30 – 22.30 gala dinner at Bodegas Lustau



 #JEREZ2016

Thursday February 11th Day 2 Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Bodega 3: Bodegas Barbadillo
10.30 – 14.00:
Visit of Barbadillo: “Palomino Fino full range
14.00 – 16.30: ”
Paired Lunch At Bodegas Barbadillo
16.30 – 18.00 Free time in Sanlucar, coffee at A Medina Sidonia & visit the town   Siesta?
Bodega 4: Bodega Delgado Zuleta  18.00 – 18.15: Walk to next cellar

18.15 – 20.30: Bodegas Delgado Zuleta visit: “Biological Ageing” by Salvador Real, oenologist
20.30 – 22.30: gala dinner at Bodegas Delgado Zuleta 22.30 / 23.00 Transfer back to Jerez 

#JEREZ2016
 

Friday. Feb 12th Day 3 El Puerto de Santa María
Bodega 5: Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosía 10.00 – 10.30 transfer from the hotel to B. Gutiérrez Colosía in el puerto

10.30 – 13.00 visit of Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosía: “vertical tasting ” by Juan Carlos Gutiérrez Colosía, owner & sherry master

13.00 – 13.30 walk to Bodegas Obregón

13:30 – 16.30
traditional lunch at an “Almacenista”
Bodega 6: BodegasOsborne 18.00 – 20.00: Osborne visit: “Rare Sherries & Brandy”
20.30 – 22.30: Dinner at Bodegas Osborne

#JEREZ2016
Sat. February 13 Day 4: Jerez de la Frontera Bodega 7: Bodegas Williams &Humbert 11.45 – 14.00: Visit to Bodega Williams & Humbert: “Sherry Vintages” by Paola Medina, oenologist
14.00 – 16.00:
paired lunch at Williams & Humbert

20.00-23.00: BYOB dinner at Ho0tel Los Jándalos.

Our BYOB wines sorted...









Lisbon's Bairro Alto: lost in translation perhaps?

No comment.....!

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, Nicolas Dubuis, 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