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

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre – Jazz with Muscadet + 25th-28th August 2016

The programme starts tomorrow:

'Partenaire historique des Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, les vignerons de Nantes donnent rendez-vous du 26 au 28 aout 2016, aux amateurs de jazz et de plaisance autour de dégusta- tions des trois AOC de Nantes : Muscadet, Gros Plant du Pays Nantais et Coteaux d’Ancenis.

Dégustations sur les croisières entreprises et dans les espaces VIP émailleront les trois jours de fête. Le Muscadet, incontournable sur l’événement, prendra aussi ses quartiers sur la Quai Barbusse avec son bar de dégustation animé par les vignerons qui, comme chaque an- née, devient un rendez-vous incontournable des festivaliers. Un moment de plaisir privilégié pour le public nantais afin de découvrir des muscadets élégants et de se laisser surprendre par la diversité de cette AOC. Ce partenariat s’inscrit dans la dynamique des Vins de NANTES à conquérir la métropole pour en faire une ambassade du vignoble.' 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Remembering the 2009 Loire vintage – Le Pays Nantais

Chereau-Carré (Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine) – offices  

Chereau-Carré (Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine)

Melon de Bourgogne grapes from the 100 year old vines 
(above and below)

 Bernard Chereau

Bernard with the 2009 juice 

Melon de Bourgogne 

 The pigeonnier 

Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin 

Pierre Luneau with a sample of Muscadet

2009 Muscadet, Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin

Domaine des Herbauges (Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu) 

 Jérôme Choblet and his family

Luc Choblet – Jérôme's dad

Monday, 22 August 2016

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2017 – 40th anniversary edition

Hugh introduces the 40th edition (Mitchell Beazley, 356 pages, £11.99) thus: 

'Everyone asks what to look for next – what country or region is on the rise? They all are: I can't think of a kind of wine that is getting worse - or any not getting better. My counter-question is does it really matter? Are you desperate to be the first in a new trend, or just to get a good bottle at a good price? Pat a premium for a famous name, of course, or something irrationally fashionable, but find a taste you really like: that's the object.


'The first edition of this bulging little book 40 years ago was something more modest. I eschewed the word 'encyclopaedic', or even 'guide', it was simply my Pocket Wine Book, in which I wrote the briefest-possible notes on all the wines I could think of that enjoyed any international recognition. They took up 144 pages, with lots of stylish white space around the type. The idea was that it fitted in your pocket like a diary: indeed, we had to go to a diary-binder to have such a lightweight book nicely bound.

That was in 1977. I was faintly surprised when my publisher asked for an updated version for 1978: that required much more work and research. I t only dawned on my then that I had stumbled on a subject with a built-in need for an annual revision. Built-in obsolescence, in fact – the marketer's dream.'      

Sarah Ahmed, Helen Baker, Amanda Barnes, Nicolas Belfrage MW, Jim Budd, Michael Cooper, Michael Edwards, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Rosemary George MW, Caroline Gilby MW, Anthony Gismondi, Anne Krebiehl MW, James Lawther MW, Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, John Livingstone-Learmonth, Wes Marshall, Campbell Mattinson, Adam Montefiore, Jasper Morris MW, Ch'ng Poh Tiong, Margaret Rand, Ulrich Sautter, Eleonora Scholes, Stephen Skelton MW, Paul Strang, Sean Sullivan, Marguerite Thomas, Larry Walker, Gal Zohar, Philip van Zyl.

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2017 will be published on 8th September. Also to be published by Mitchell Beazley on 8th is Hugh Johnson on Wine Good Bits from 55 years of scribbling (£20).