Cancel the Cristal party! After last night's success at the Glenfiddich, surely it was too much to expect to win one or both of the Roederer awards I was shortlisted for. And it was. The book prize went to Jon Livingstone-Learmonth for his book on the northern Rhone, while the winewriter prize went to Andrew Jefford, one of my writing heroes.
Earlier on today I chaired the closures symposium, which was a tough old task. It's a technical subject, and the problem was that all the panellists more or less agreed on the key issues I raised with my questions. So a worthy debate, but not an exciting one. Important stuff, though.
The London wine tradefair itself is a mammoth event, and after one day I've hardly begun to scratch the surface. Tomorrow looks set to feature a long day's tasting. I'm typing this up from the press office at the fair, and then I'm off to the 2006 Dirk Niepoort dinner. After the last couple of days, I'm whacked.