First day of harvest in the Vouvray appellation – 23 September 2021
All systems go here in the Vouvray appellation today as the 2021 harvest kicks off.
Talking about Loire valley wines with Diane of Oui in France
We spent the day with Diane, the American blogger of Oui in France. We met 10 years ago when she spent the day with us and we have remained in contact.
Making bread the French way
Today, New Year’s Eve, the time was right so we popped next door for a lesson with the ‘Master Boulanger’.
Le Thoureil – a beautiful riverside village perched on the banks of the Loire
Le Thoureil – a beautiful riverside village perched on the banks of the Loire – Le Tasting Room
Vintage 2011 with Pierre-Jacques Druet in Bourgueil
We spent the morning with Pierre-Jacques Druet in Bourgueil this week. He was half way through harvest and it was fascinating to see the way he produces his rosé by an ancient winemaking technique known as guillage.
Cathy’s One Day Loire Wine Tours – Happy Clients!
Ellen and her family came to spend the day with us here in the Loire valley. We spent the morning tasting a range of wines from all over the Loire, enjoyed a candlelit lunch in our old cellar and in the afternoon we drove out to the famous appellation of Savennières. This is their video testimonial of the day.
What to drink with Lamb? Why Bretêche 2008 Bourgueil of course!
An estate that makes great wines and has a great rapport with its customers. Pierre Caslot and his family ensure that all visitors to the estate are greeted with the same infectious enthusiasm.
Wine tasting in the Loire valley – le tasting room’s cellar
This is our beautiful old barrel maturation cellar which is where we hold large tastings and have candlelit lunches.
Loire valley wine tasting with the Girton College Cambridge choir
The Girton College Cambridge choir spent the morning with us yesterday discovering Loire valley wines. A mutual love for wine and music made for some lively discussion.
Cathy’s Loire Wine Tours – Loire valley wine tasting and an afternoon on the river Loire
Tasting a range of Loire valley wines is just the beginning. What better way to understand the history of wine in this beautiful region than to spend an afternoon in the company of local expert Alain Gillot who took us out in his toué sablière on the river Loire and entertained us with stories from the water.
Cathy’s Loire Wine Tours – My favourite bottles – Chateau des Vaults, Crémant de Loire
The Loire is well known for its quality sparkling wines but how about this one from Chateau de Vaults, best known for its great Savennières. A non-dosage wine it’s dry and crisp and has great character.
Cathy’s Loire Wine Tours – Flowering in the Loire valley
21st May 2011 and the vines have burst into flower in Anjou, the earliest flowering since 1893 according to records which means we should be in for a very early harvest in the Loire valley.