Life in the Loire 10th May 2021 – spare a thought for the animatrice.
So, this weekend I was that woman in the supermarket that you try not to make eye contact with. The one trying to sell you something.
Life in the Loire nearly out of lockdown 3rd May 2021. 3 cats down and bees buzzing!
As the world slowed down so did we. As the skies became calm, so the sound of nature turned up its volume. It’s been a year and a bit now.
Wine education. What’s the cost of frost? How does aspersion work?
The least used (but most effective) way of fighting frost here in the Loire is to use aspersion. Sprinkling water over the vines.
Wine education. So what’s the cost of frost? Lighting candles in the vines.
This past week has been a tough one for growers in the Loire as they battle to save their 2021 crop. So what’s the cost of frost?
Understanding French wine labels. Part one – Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée.
French wine labels can be tricky to understand. The combination of unfamiliar vocabulary and a different language can make it difficult.
Life in the Loire 29th March 2021
Two turns of the key in the gate and off I go. Just 200 metres up the hill and there I am. Over 2,200 hectares of vines to explore.
Life in the Loire 17th March 2021 – Talking about Elizabeth David
Who inspired you when it comes to cooking? Who was it that ignited your passion for food? Whose books did you read
Life in the Loire 5th March 2021. Goodbye to Dave.
Staring out of the window I can see her standing there. Huddled up with a look of confusion on her face. It’s been a week now.
Life in the Loire 28th February 2021. Cat-tastrophe!
High drama in Vallée de Vauvelle on Tuesday afternoon.
Life in the Loire – 15th February 2021
Snow fell at the beginning of last week. Just a little. Enough to turn the vineyards into a sparkling winter scene as temperatures plummeted.
Wine education – judging a wine by its concentration
I hear it often. Red wines from the Loire don’t measure up to the big bold flavours of wines from Australia or California. Is that true?
Life in the Loire in 2021 – Goodbye to François Pinon.
The news filtered through quickly. It does in the wine world. Everyone knows everyone.