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

Monday, 2 March 2015

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2015 – OPEN FOR ENTRIES

 Sign from last year's award ceremony

Press release:
'The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2015 – OPEN FOR ENTRIES 

We are delighted to announce a new category – the Food & Wine Writer Awards.

The deadline for entries is 10th April and the Awards ceremony will be held on 15th September at the Royal Academy of Arts. For more information about the Awards and to enter, please click here.

Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2015

Launches new category
27th February, London – Champagne Louis Roederer is delighted to declare the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2015 open for entries. The ‘Roederers’, now in their 11th year, have long been internationally recognised as the ultimate in accolades for wine writers in all countries*, through all written and visual media.

This year’s awards will be returning to the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts on London’s Piccadilly on 15th September for the Awards ceremony.

The Judges

The 2015 team is: 
Charles Metcalfe (chair)
Nina Caplan
Dr Neil Beckett
Jancis Robinson OBE MW
Gabriel Stone

New category:  
Food – the perfect accompaniment
While wine can be enjoyed on its own, pairing it with food can so often create something greater than the sum of its parts. With this in mind, we are delighted to announce a new category – the Food & Wine Writer of the Year Award. True to the essence of the competition, for entries to be considered, the focus of the content must be balanced between wine its interaction with food. All articles must be written and published online or in print in English between April 1st 2014 and April 10th 2015.

The full list of categories for the 2015 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers is as follows: 

- The Artistry Award 
- The Emerging Wine Writer
- The Online Communicator of the Year 
- The International Wine Book of the Year
- The International Wine Columnist of the Year 
- The International Wine Feature Writer
- The Food and Wine Writer of the Year'

* written work remains only open to texts in English.

 Organising last year's winners for the group shot......

 Done at last!

PS Will we see a new category in 2016  – standing up to the CIVC – I wonder?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Recently tasted: 2009 Sancerre and a couple of South Africans

2009 Dionysia, Sancerre 

It was very good to retaste this wine that I wrote about back in July 2010 reporting on the results of a tasting in Sancerre back in June 2010:

'Dionysia, Vin d'Homme 2009
This is from Auguste Natter, the son of Henry and Cécile. Auguste has 3.7 ha in Montigny, the furthest west commune in AC Sancerre. Picked by machine from young vines planted on argilo-calcaire yielding 37 hl/ha. Although in a leaner style (just over 13% alc), this has attractive, delicate ripe fruit, concentration and length.' (July 2010)

Over the past more than four years the 2009 Dionysia has added more weight, while retaining its ripe, delicate fruit. Still quite youthful – very attractive drinking now. 

2010 Premier Cuvée from Graham Beck, South Africa 
Blanc de Blancs – 100% Chardonnay
(above and below)

Attractive South African fizz from Graham Beck – nicely citric, vibrant and fresh with some length. Made a good apéro. 

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Game Reserve, Graham Beck

This was the second of two bottles given to me to taste by Nicolette Waterford on behalf of Graham Beck at the end of the remarkable Keith Prothero lunch. I much preferred Beck's 2010 Premier Cuvée (above). The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon was just too toasty and oplulent for my taste. Initally impressive it soon became tiring to drink. It would, however, be interesting and, perhaps fairer, with another two years or so in bottle. 

With about a third remaining in the bottle I slowly reduced this, with the addition of another unfinished red, using the slow technique learned from Vincent Simon (le cuisinier de campagne). This proved to be excellent for deglazing the tin after roasting a very good piece of a leg of pok bought from The Butchery in London's Forest Hill.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

#winelover 3rd anniversary: probably the last set of pics

 #fishlovers/ #winelover @Cervejaria Ramiro: 16.2.2015

Lunch on Sunday 16th February was at the famous Cervejaria Ramiro.  

Angelika Deutsch brandishing an alleged dinosaur's penis 
although Angelika appears to be delighted it 
might be more useful if attached to something!

A walk after lunch to the wine bar with a view: 

Not sure they have mastered Scrabble ... 

 The famous 28 tram headed towards Graca from Martim Moniz

Thanks but I'll have a glass of wine instead!! 

Group@the car park wine bar on southern edge of the Barro Alto
An after-lunch Port stop

André – Señor Port...!

André and his Mick Jagger impression

Just William – all William!
Dramatic view from the wine bar roof terrace

 From the terrace

Breakfast with a view: 27th February 2015

Brightly clear late February Friday morning with sun glinting on tall buildings in the City.