What’s on the cheeseboard this week? Munster
Munster is a washed rind cheese that comes from Alsace in North East France. It goes back to the 7th century.
Loire vineyard update – two weeks before harvest
Things have certainly changed since we did our last update a couple of weeks ago. The rain in the past week has been welcome.
And now for something a little different – a Pinot Gris from IGP Urfé
When you think of the Loire you probably think about Sauvignon, Chenin & Cabernet Franc. Did you know that there’s Pinot Gris too?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – lentil hummus with cucumber, tomatoes, basil & eggs
Inspired by a recent trip to Orléans when we enjoyed a lovely fresh lunch at Les Becs à Vin. Today I recreated my version of the tasty veggie plate we shared.
Technical vocabulary explained – fermage & métayage
You may have heard the term fermage mentioned. What is fermage and what’s the difference between fermage and métayage
What’s on the cheeseboard this week? Claousou
This is a cheese you’re unlikely to find outside France. Claousou is a brebis (sheep’s cheese) that comes from Occitanie.
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.