A Vouvray producer to look out for – Domaine d’Orfeuilles
Domaine d’Orfeuilles is an estate that has been in the Herivault family for more than 2 centuries.
Vineyard update 21 May 2022 – Flowering
We’ve had very little rain these past few weeks and lots of sunshine.
Domaine de la Cotelleraie – St Nicolas de Bourgueil
Domaine de la Cotelleraie has long been one of our favourite producers in St Nicolas de Bourgueil so it was great to pop in last week.
A little story about blind tasting
Blind tasting. It’s frustrating, fun and challenging in equal measure.
Wine Education. What is tying down – ‘pliage’?
In the vineyards, growers are ‘tying down’ – pliage in French. Only vines that have a long cane after pruning can be tied down to the wire.
Brillat Savarin & the Great Paris Moustache Strike of 1907
Brillat Savarin – one of France’s most famous cheeses named after one of France’s most famous gastronomes.
Frost damage 2022
We had a walk around the Vouvray vineyards this morning to take a look at potential frost damage.
We had a wonderful day yesterday with Dana & Carlo from Minnesota. A day spent exchanging news & views on food, wine & life.
An unusual pairing that works!
A fine meringue case encasing slowly roasted new season’s strawberries from Plougastel, a vanilla cream and a tart rhubarb sauce.
Wine education. What’s the difference between passerillage & botrytis?
Do you know the difference between passerillage & botrytis? Sweet wines can be made with grapes affected by both. But what’s the difference?
Location is everything!
They say that about houses don’t they? Location, location location! And it’s the same with vines.
Wine in a can. Can it be good?
I’ve always been more intruiged by off-beat wines and quirky grape varieties than big money wines. A grape variety I’ve never heard of.