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, 18 March 2018

Shona and Liam's wedding – a few photos

 Here comes the bride: 
Shona with her father Jim 
(above and below)

On Saturday CRM and I were at Shona and Liam's wedding at Guardswell Farm, which is between Perth and Dundee. The wedding was a warm and happy occasion in marked contrast to the weather which was wild with frequent snow showers and bitterly cold.


 Start of the ceremony

 Ring time 

 Shona Mackie-Macintyre and 
Liam Macintyre-Mackie embrace
(above and below)

 Comin' up for air....

Signing the register

 After the signing 
 The happy couple

The wedding meal – ready for the speeches 

More photos to follow in a separate post

Friday, 16 March 2018

Loire – a few dates for your diary


Central Loire:

31st March - 2nd April: Reuilly 65th Fête du Vin et de la Gastronomie

31st March - 2nd April: Châteaumeillant, Foire aux Vins


7th and 8th April: VinaViva, Saint-Étienne de Chigny 

26th-27th May: VitiLoire, Tours 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March lunch at Newtonmore's Letterbox Restaurant

View from restaurant onto Main Street, Newtonmore

 Netta – my special guest

We profited from the restarting of weekday meals at the Letterbox – an early sign of spring – by enjoying lunch there today, which was made even better with the 20% lunchtime discount during March.

During the winter the Letterbox is just open for dinner at the weekends but now we are in March the restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner. Unlike many restaurants all the food is freshly prepared on the premises, so no question of heating up pre-prepared dishes. 

CRM and I both took a glass of very agreeable 2015 South African Sauvignon Blanc. 

The Letterbox is definitely recommended for either lunch (cash only) or dinner (cards accepted).  

 Tagliatelle with mushroom, pesto and cream sauce

 Tagliatelle with salmon and Parma ham

Haggis in filo pastry and vegetables


 The chef going through the dessert menu with Netta

 Apple and plum pie

 Choux bun with cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce