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

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Second Battle of Wounded Knee (11 weeks on) + Loch Gynack

 Left leg and knee: 22nd March 2018

 Knee: 5th February 2018

It is now 11 weeks since I had the operation on my knee to reattach my quads to my left knee cap, having ruptured them from my knee slipping on black ice on 2nd January. 

As the photos show the operation scar is healing up nicely – a big difference today (22nd March) from how my knee was on 5th February.   

  Left leg and knee: 22nd March 2018 

I celebrated the approach of 11 weeks since the operation by taking the old drovers track between Newtonmore and Kingussie. This track heads up towards the mountains before turning right to pass along the north side of Loch Gynack. This was most strenuous walk I have attempted since the operation. I was fortunate that it was a beaut of a day – bright sunshine and blue skies as the photos below show.  

Path heading up to Loch Gynack.

 Looking down towards Loch Gynack

 Loch Gynack 
(above and below)


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Attractive 2017 Cabochard Rosé, Côte Roannaise, Sérol

Another good 2017 – this time the 2017 Cabochard, Côte Roannaise Rosé from Domaine Sérol. 100% Gamay – vibrant pink colour, lively, refreshing but not acidic rosé. Good to drink even during the winter but should shine even more brightly in the summer. Stéphane and Carine Sérol's wines are consistently good. 

Although the Côte Roannaise is only a small appellation there are a group of good producers here who are well worth discovering – both for their Côte Roannaise appellation wines (red and rosé) but also for their IGP whites from a range of grape varieties including Rousanne and Viognier.  

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

More wedding fotos – by special request


 Anne & Chris
 Anne & Carole

 Carole, Zoe and Anne


Tom, Zoe and Celia
 Shona & Liam

The cover of my new album....