Ones of the best spots in the Loire on a sunny day is Chateau Soucherie. Perched in the hills of the Layon with the river flowing below, the chateau has some of the best views across the countryside that I can think of.
Le Crottin de Chavignol is the most famous goat’s cheese from the Loire valley. It takes its name from Chavignol, a little village just a few kilometres from Sancerre where cheese has been made since the 16th century.
There’s something very comforting about the aroma of a delicious Boeuf Bourgignon bubbling away gently in the oven. Wafts of wine, thyme and orange.
This is a rather Christmassy cake that serves 12 generously. Blood oranges can be hard to find in France but normal oranges are also excellent.
The weather in the Loire has been unseasonally hot and dry these past few weeks and as temperatures rose, hail storms were predicted.
In the production of wine we talk about 2 separate fermentations. The first fermentation (with which I’m sure you are all familiar), is alcoholic fermentation.
The biodynamic approach to growing grapes includes burying cows’ horns in the winter and digging them up again in the spring. What’s that all about?
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