Loire vineyard update – 7th August 2022
One record after another is being broken this year. July 2022 was the driest July since records began in 1958/9.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – an Italian inspired starter or light lunch
Inspired by our recent trip to Roanne, today, I recreated ‘a ma façon’ the very simple, yet delicious entrée (appetizer) we enjoyed.
What’s on the cheeseboard this week? Comté
Probably France’s most famous hard cheese that comes from the Massif du Jura. It’s made from unpasteurised milk from Franche Comté in Eastern France.
Loire vineyard update – high temperatures as we count down to harvest
This week has seen high temperatures again here in the Loire valley (and all over Europe).
Wine education – all about Crémant
A crémant is a sparkling wine made in the Traditional Method (the one used in Champagne), in a specific geographic zone.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – a savoury cake for your apéros
More used to a few crisps and a bowl of peanuts with a pre- dinner glass of wine, the French apéro takes things to a whole different level.
The International Pepper Festival – Terre Exotique
If you’re a foodie then you’ll find it as hard as I do to drive past Terre Exotique in Rochecorbon, one of the Vouvray villages close to Tours.
Record breaking temperatures in the Loire 18th June 2022
We were warned. It was going to be HOT yesterday. And, it was. 41°C to be precise. The hottest day recorded in June since records began.
The Le Mans Gang returns!
It’s been three years since the trusty Le Mans Gang came down for their annual Loire Wine Discovery day and there was a lot to catch up on.
Wine education – new disease resistent grape varieties
Like most growers in Touraine, Sauvignon Blanc makes up the majority of plantings but they’ve also planted a new variety called Floréal.
Hail strikes the Loire again in June 2022
The weather in the Loire has been unseasonally hot and dry these past few weeks and as temperatures rose, hail storms were predicted.
Flowering in the Loire 2022 (and a few stats)
I posted a few days ago that vines here in the Loire are flowering. There seems to be a lot of fruit and conditions are perfect at the moment.