Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends that celebrate this important day in the calendar. We raise a glass to you all and hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family.
Cheers from the Loire.
Cathy & Nigel
It’s a long while since we tasted Michel Chevré’s wines. The last time we saw him was at a tasting in Saumur accompanied by his young son.
Pickers picking, grapes arriving, press pressing, juice settling, Isabelle cooking, Joseph washing barrels, Jo surveying and Wendy welcoming – it was all hands on deck yesterday at Pithon-Paille. After 2 years with tiny yields (7 and 11hl/ha), there are plenty of smiles in the winery this year as volumes are up to around 25hl/ha (still low but much more encouraging) and grapes are coming in looking ripe and healthy.
The beginning of May saw another few days when the temperature dropped below zero. Growers were out in force all through the night lighting fires, burning candles and pumping water from the Vienne trying to minimise the damage.
Pruning in the Loire valley
I first learnt about sparkling wine in the 1980’s. Vintage fizz was from a single year and non-vintage was from several years.
We enjoyed a lovely summer dinner with good friends John and Sheila Wilton recently. John served a delicious filo pastry crab and goat’s cheese parcel as the appetizer and he kindly agreed to share his recipe with us.
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