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

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, 29 November 2015

118 Stanstead Open Studios today

Entrance to 118 Stanstead on the South Circular 

We had a great visit to the Open Studios at 118 Stanstead, which is on the South Circular in Forest Hill just beyond the Railway Telegraph pub as you head towards Catford. It did prove to be rather expensive but that was because there are so many lovely things being made there and with Christmas coming up...! So some present buying including some for ourselves.

We were particularly impressed by: Emily Forgot, Rachel Frost, Emma Jeffs, Louisa Taylor, Janice Tchalenko (great ceramicist), Paul Murphy and Debbie Powell.  

 Looking towards the South Circular past the studios. 

In the late 19th Century apparently the workshops were part of the largest photographic studios in the world  – The Studios of A. & G. Taylor (Andrew Taylor and George Taylor).

Having visited 118 you shouldn't miss Havelock Walk
in downtown Forest Hill 

Lisbon: Adegga Wine Market Saturday December 5th – coming soon!

 Adegga Winemarket Saturday 5th December, Altis Grand Hotel 

The December 2015 edition of the Adegga Wine Market in Central Lisbon is now less than a week away. The price of tickets ranges from 15€ to 50€ if you want the opportunity to taste the rare wines in the Sala Premium. Starts at 15h to 21h – professionals or members of the Exclusivo Club have a quiet hour from 14h-15h.

After several editions at the Hotel Florida right by the Marquês de Pombal, the recently renovated Altis Grand Hotel is the Wine Market's new venue in the Rua Castilho. This is just a short walk from the Hotel Florida but closer to Rato, which is the closest Metro station at the end of the Yellow Line.The promotional video on the Altis site shows a virtually empty hotel, however I suspect that it will be more crowded next Saturday!

These are great events and a brilliant opportunity to meet Portuguese wine producers, taste and buy their wines. 

A few photos from the Summer 2015 edition of the Adegga Wine Market:


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Saint Nicolas reviendra au Château de Minière à Ingrandes de Touraine: 5th and 6th December

 Château de Minière

Les samedi 5 décembre et dimanche 6 décembre 2015


Programme :
Vendredi, Samedi, Dimanche Passage de St Nicolas sur de nombreux marchés dans les environs de Minière.

De 14h00 à 18h00  Samedi et Dimanche
Dégustation des vins du domaine
Le Samedi soir à 19h Repas typique «  Saint Nicolas d’Alsace » au Café de la Promenade
Repas accompagné des vins de Minière en présence de St Nicolas.
35 € (tous compris : vins, repas et gourmandises)
Sur réservation au Château de Minière 02 47 96 94 30 ou au Café de la Promenade 02 47 95 10 87.

A 15h00 le Dimanche
Arrivée de Saint-Nicolas qui amènera des surprises pour les petits enfants qui ont été bien sages. Soyez à l’heure !

Selon la tradition nous servirons quelques gourmandises belges : chocolats, spéculoos, bonbons, …

Ce sera également l’occasion de visiter le domaine et notre boutique où vous trouverez plein d’idées cadeaux pour les fêtes de fin d’année.

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Saint Nicolas sera heureux de vous voir très nombreux.


Kathleen Van den Berghe