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




Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Adegga Winemarket Summer 2017 – 1st July @ Marriott Hotel, Lisbon



Saturday 1st July sees the Summer Lisbon edition of the Adegga Wine Market at the Marriott Hotel. There will be 60 producers including many of the famous names of Portuguese wines with some 500 wines to taste. Hours are from 14.00 to 21.00 with 14.00-15.00 reserved for members of Club A and professionals. 

Tickets cost 40€ offset against wine purchases or 60€ for two people also offset against wine purchases. There are also a very limited number of tasting tickets at 15€. Details on the Adegga website here. Also on Facebook here.

Always a great opportunity to taste and buy some of Portugal's most exciting wines.  

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Loire Wine Study Tour with Pascaline Lepeltier MS: October 2017


 Château de Chenonceau


Organised by the Wine Scholar Guild Pascaline Lepeltier MS will be leading their first wine study trip to the Loire Valley in October 2017 from 22nd to 27th. Pascaline is from the Loire but now works as a sommelier in New York.

The trip includes visits to Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur Champigny and Savennières. Details here

 Sancerre

The Vienne and Chinon 



An Alvarinho to relieve the stress of Lisbon in June

 2016 Alvarinho, Viñho Verde, 
Anselmo Mendes, Pingo Doce own label




It is well-known that spending time in Lisbon in June can be extraordinarily stressful – friendly people, too many good restaurants to choose from, pleasant temperature.... I could go on but it would be bad for my blood pressure....

Fortunately help is to hand to reduce your anxiety, if you have a branch of Pingo Doce close by. Venture in and grab a bottle of their own label 2016 Alvarinho, Viñho Verde made by maestro Anselmo Mendes. At 3.98€ a bottle it is an amazing bargain even at sterling's shrunken value due to Brexit lunacy. Lovely crisp lemony fruit with plenty of refreshing acidity.

Actually come to come to think of it – grab at least two bottles.....you know it makes sense!