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, 16 January 2017

BT 6 – Nuisance calls 0? – BT launch BT Call Protect

Fraud protection
Today BT has launched BT Call Protect, which sounds like a really useful product as it should severely cut down on nuisance calls. By signing up to this service you can benefit from BT's Black List of nuisance call numbers. BT Call Protect is available to BT customers.

You can also set up your own personal list of blocked callers. To do this put phone down on nuisance caller. Pick the phone up again and dial 1572. You will be taken through the necessary steps to add this number to your own personal blacklist. If BT sees a particular number being frequently added to individual's personal blacklist it will be added to BT's blocked number list. 

If BT Call Protect works this should drastically cut back on the number of people who fall for investments etc. sold by boiler rooms through nuisance calls.    

For more more details click here

Sunday, 15 January 2017

St John's annual growers' lunch – wine & food

 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, 
Coteaux de l'Ébeaupin, Château-Thébaud

Here are various bottles enjoyed before and during yesterday's annual growers' lunch at St John's Restaurant.

 2014 Brézème Roussanne, Eric Texier

 2014 Réserve La Colombière, Fronton

 2012 Coste Rouge, La Colombière, Fronton

 2014 Chénas, La Carrière, Claire et Fabien Chasselay

 Cuvée Laïs, Côtes Catalanes, Olivier Pithon 

 2014 Bandol, Domaine Les Luquettes

 Vin de Pays du Mont Caume, Domaine les Luquettes

 Gewurztraminer, vieilles vignes, Alsace

 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur, 
Château Argadens, Maison Sichel

 VSOP Bas-Armagnac, Château de Lacquy, 
Comté Gilles de Boisséson


Red cabbage and beetroot

 Braised Rabbit, Trotter, Prunes and Mash

Saturday, 14 January 2017

St John's annual growers' lunch – some photos

Link to St John's introduction to Eric's wines

We were privileged to be invited to St John's annual wine growers lunch today – a chance to taste many of the wines on the list, meet a number of the producers and pass a very agreeable Saturday afternoon while enjoying a good meal and company.  

Here a few photos from the event – pics of the dishes and a small selection of wine labels to follow. 

Diane Cauvin, Château Colombière, Fronton

Sophie Lafourcade Cachard, Domaine les Luquettes, Provence 

Trevor Gulliver of St John in mid-flow

Mark Calderbank of Root + Bone magazine 

Henry Harris, formerly owner and chef at Racine, 
London now involved in importing spirits