Pithon-Paille’s domaine to be called Domaine Bel Argus
Pithon Paillé’s former domaine will be called Domaine Bel Argus, named after the tiny rare blue butterfly that can be found among the vines of Les Treilles.
Bring out a sweet wine this Christmas!
I’m a huge fan of sweet wine and luckily for me, we live in the Loire valley which makes some of the best sweet wine in the world.
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in November?
This year it’s been mild and the leaves on the vines only really started to fall recently after we had a couple of days when the temperature dropped below zero.
What are we drinking this week? Coteau des Treilles 2009 from Jo Pithon
Another amazing wine from Jo Pithon, his Coteau des Treilles 2009. We have a few bottles of a few different vintages in our cellar and it’s a while since we tasted the 2009.
Anjou-Villages Brissac Appellation to lose the mention ‘Villages’
The appellation Anjou-Villages Brissac was created in 1998 and covers a dozen communes around the market town of Brissac making quality reds for ageing.
Hunting for mushrooms
French people are very secretive about mushrooms. They don’t let on where you can find them in case you go and pinch them yourselves.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – roasted winter veg
Using up bits and bobs in the fridge to make a really tasty winter lunch. I took half a butternut squash and half an aubergine,
What are we drinking this week? Tue le Boa from Jean-François Merieau
Off-beat to say the least. Jean-François Merieau’s Tu le Boa is an extraordinary wine. In 2000 he made just 1500 bottles from tiny yields (around 20hl/ha) of Sauvignon Blanc.
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in October?
We’ve been living in the Loire for 12 years now and this is the first year that we have seen smiles on the faces of growers all over the region.
What are we drinking this week? Ekam from Raül Bobet
It was a great opportunity to discover some non-French wines and one or two of them really made an impression on us such as this one, Ekam from Raül Bobet.
Harvest 2018 update – Cabernets in Anjou
While most of the Cab Francs have been brought in in the appellations of Chinon, Bourgueil and St Nicolas de Bourgueil there are still grapes hanging on the vines in Anjou.
What’s going on in the vineyards in September 2018?
Harvest is in full swing here in the Loire and for the first time in three years we are seeing broad smiles on the faces of our partner growers as they bring in decent volumes of lovely looking grapes.