It's traditional at this time of year to look back at what has gone before and reflect so I thought I would high light some of the miles we have travelled in the world of wine:
We had great fun exploring the colourful characters and histories of the Bordeaux Chateaux;
We discovered a swash buckling past in Bordeaux Pirates, Buried Treasure and Lafitte and Duhart Milon and the Corsair,
We found haunted chateaux and that vampires, witches, werewolves and goblins are aplenty amongst the vineyards,
Chateau La Fleur Morange picked up a vertiable host of awards and accolades, the ultimate being the town of Saint Emilion's celebration of the Julien's phenomenal success and La Fleur Morange's contribution to the wines of this famous appellation. To honour the quality of the Julien's work and the rise of La Fleur Morange to international acclaim throughout the world's media, the Jurade of Saint Emilion, the Mayor and the town gathered together to mark the occasion and the prestigious wine critic Robert Parker alerted wine lovers the world over to take note!
Our series on the Appellations of Bordeaux led us down many undiscovered paths and to the discovery of long lost Grape varieties.
Nick's work on Wine Investment opened up the very first EIS Scheme offering tax benefits which tie in with wine investment – the 1855 Club.
We found wines for the Circus, wines born under auspicious stars and Comet Vintages, wines drunk by moonlight, and revealed that wine is not only an aphrodisiac but also the elixir of life (apparently).
Nick tasted his way through the En Primeur 2008 Campaign and wrote an Open Letter to the Chateaux concerning the perpetual fiasco re pricing – and a possible solution.
We added hundreds of new drinks, cocktails and recipes to the Blogs covering everything from French regional fayre to old fashioned slow cooking and from rare Rosés to Other Rothschild wines.
We both hope that you enjoyed the Blogs and look forward to discovering new stories in 2010 for you!