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, 19 April 2018

Netta Macintyre – quiet, peaceful family burial @Old Petty

Old Petty Cemetery, Ardersier
close to Castle Stuart and the Castle Stuart Golf Course

Yesterday (18th April) Netta was buried in Old Petty Cemetery alongside Jimmy Macintyre, her beloved husband who died in January 2011. It was a quiet, peaceful occasion with only close family present. The sun shone and it was pleasantly warm. 

The service was very sympathetically conducted by Rev. Catherine Buchan.

Floral tributes and cards from the family: 


The coffin draped in purple, 
along with pink Netta's favourite colour, with a single carnation  

There are also a few war graves at Old Petty Cemetery 
mainly for Polish soldiers  – a timely reminder that Polish forces fought 
alongside the UK 
and its other allies to defeat Nazi Germany

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Netta (Janet) Macintyre's funeral service attracts 300

Celebrating Netta's Life:  
the order of service for Netta's funeral service:
front and back cover

Netta as a young nurse:
the photo she gave Jimmy, her husband to be,
when they were courting 

Netta Macintyre's funeral service was yesterday afternoon at Saint Bride's Church in Newtonmore. It attracted a congregation of 300 people – a clear demonstration of the affection and respect in which Netta was held. The congregation included over 60 of her extended family, friends from Inverness, Newtonmore and elsewhere, and people from her multitude of community work. 

Poignantly the mourners included Edna Simpson, Netta's friend, who will be 100 this year and who was the recipient of the last letter that Netta wrote shortly before the pain and her cancer overcame her. 

The Minister, the Reverend Catherine Buchan, delivered a lovely tribute showing how well she knew Netta. Catherine had visited Netta several times during her final days in Saint Vincent's Hospital in Kingussie. 

A extraordinary but fitting turnout – many of whom came onto the fine reception at The Highlander.   

 The queue to get into the church

 The congregation before the start of the service 
– with places at the front reserved for the family 

The coffin

Family wreath on the coffin

 The floral displays in the church 
(above and below)

 After the service: the hearse and the line of 
mourners stretching up Glen Road, Newtonmore back to Saint Bride's


Sunday, 15 April 2018

2016 Le Petit Clos, Vouvray sec, Bernard Fouquet – Domaine des Aubuisières

This 2016 Vouvray Sec Le Petit Clos from Bernard Fouquet has terrific balance – a lovely blend of ripe fruit with vibrant acidity giving a typical austere Vouvray finish. This comes from a single vineyard with the vines planted on clay limestone. 

The 2016 is drinking well now but clearly has the potential to mature and develop over many years. Demonstration that Bernard Fouquet is among the best producers in Vouvray.