Life in the Loire on lock-down – Sunday March 15th. Day one.
What a beautiful day. The first bright and sunny day for weeks. Something to lift the spirits as we enter into a rather dark period of our lives.
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Saturday March 14th. The day before.
Yesterday we drove into Tours to collect some paint that we’d ordered and took the opportunity to pop into Les Halles to buy some cheese for the week.
Wine education – budburst in the vineyards
So it seems I’m going to have plenty of time to wander around the vineyards over the next few weeks. The plateau just above the house is planted with Chenin.
Wine Education – Can grapes grow anywhere?
Vines are hardy plants that will grow in the most unlikely of places. Does that mean that we can make wine anywhere in the world?
Solidarity with our Italian friends – Cos Frappato 2018
Small businesses such as ours are suffering in the wake of the Coronavirus but at least we’re not on total lock down like they are in Italy.
Vineyard update 9th March 2020
I mentioned that growers have been leaving pruning late to avoid the risk of frost and that some are pruning in 2 passes.
Chateau de Nitray Athée sur Cher
To be honest, my experience of wines that come from historic monuments is mediocre. It’s perfectly understandable, the château is the main business.
Making wine with the girls!
Last year I was invited to pick Chardonnay grapes with a lovely bunch of ladies. It was the initiative of Louisa Plou, wife of winemaker Fred Plou.
What’s been going on in the Loire valley vineyards in February 2020
Pruning continues as growers set up their vineyards for the coming season and fingers are firmy crossed as the daffs are already showing their blooms.
Wine tasting at its best chez Peter & Juliette Hahn
Peter and Julette Hahn’s tiny estate in the heart of the Vouvray appellation in the winemaking village of Vernou sur Brenne is rather special.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Croque Monsieur
It’s ages since I made a home made Croque Monsieur and it was so tasty and so easy that I had to share this super simple recipe with you.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Hazlenut parfait
This delicious hazlenut dessert can be prepared well in advance. It goes in the freezer and then you can just cut a slice as and when you need it.