I can’t get enough of asparagus when it’s in season. This easy summer recipe is tangy and fresh and is excellent accompanied by a Touraine Sauvignon Blanc.
Easy spicy couscous with crispy fried onions and smoked almonds
An easy recipe that I adapted slightly from Ottolenghi’s Simple. It’s great served at room temperature alongside a roasted chicken leg marinated in harissa and greek yoghurt.
Jean Francois Merieau
We’re not normally big fans of Gamay but his is just packed with delicious red fruits and is leagues ahead of lots of other Gamays we’ve tasted recently.
Frost alert again May 6th & 7th
Growers in Vouvray, Montlouis sur Loire, Saumur Champigny, the hills of the Layon in Anjou and Savennières braced themselves for another sleepless night.
Technical vocabulary demystified – must or moût
You’re standing in the winery chatting to the winemaker and he or she starts talking about the must or moût (in French). What’s that?
What’s going on in the vineyards in April?
April has been an eventful month in the Loire valley vineyards with temperatures dropping well below zero on both the 4th and 14th of April.
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.
Muscovado Cream with poached rhubarb
Such a simple dessert and one that you are going to love (if you love the sharp tang of rhubarb). This easy summer recipe is a real winner.
Technical vocabulary demystified – moelleux
You’re looking at a wine list and you see the word moelleux after the name of the wine. What does that mean?
A firm family favourite when the children were little, we toasted them and then slathered them with melted butter. A taste of the past.
Wine, weight and calories
Opt for organic wines from cool climates such as Europe and avoid hyped up brands that are expensive and often unexciting.
Loire valley frost update Sunday 14th April
Hundreds of bougies (massive candles) flickering between the vines in an attempt to raise the air temperature. The smell of kerosene lingering in the air.