From frost to drought in 2021. A few stats from the Loire.
Drier than 1976? Drier than 2003? Yes, Indre et Loire has had the lowest rainfall these past few months since records began in 1959.
The Clos du Papillon in Savennières
The Clos de Papillon is a prestigous plot of vines situated in the heart of the Savennères appellation. Located close to the city of Angers.
More frost in the Loire this morning.
Can you believe it? Once again the temperatures dipped below zero in the early hours of this morning around Vouvray.
Life in the Loire nearly out of lockdown 3rd May 2021. 3 cats down and bees buzzing!
As the world slowed down so did we. As the skies became calm, so the sound of nature turned up its volume. It’s been a year and a bit now.
Vouvray frost update 27th April 2021
We had a wander around the vineyards in Noizay, Vernou sur Brenne and Chancay yesterday. Three villages within the Vouvray appellation.
Food & wine pairing. Hot, sweet, sour, spice.
Sometimes, (and I mean not often), you choose a wine that turns out to be the perfect pairing with the dish you’ve prepared.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – rosemary and anchovy dressing
Fabulous with a rare rib of beef or a juicy bavette, this easy, tasty dressing makes a lovely accompaniment.
Wine education. What’s the cost of frost? How does aspersion work?
The least used (but most effective) way of fighting frost here in the Loire is to use aspersion. Sprinkling water over the vines.
Wine education. So what’s the cost of frost? Lighting candles in the vines.
This past week has been a tough one for growers in the Loire as they battle to save their 2021 crop. So what’s the cost of frost?
Wine education. What’s that glass in my wine?
While happily enjoying your glass of wine, you glance down. What on earth is that in my glass? Little pieces of glass? Sugar?
Understanding French wine labels. Part one – Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée.
French wine labels can be tricky to understand. The combination of unfamiliar vocabulary and a different language can make it difficult.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – crispy salmon with Vietnamese style cucumber and red onion salad
Crispy salmon, fresh cucumber, red onion and mint all lifted with a hot, sweet and salty dressing. Hot, sweet, salty and tasty!