Wine education – all about the Fiefs Vendéens
The Fiefs Vendéens? Is that part of the Loire? Where is it exactly? What kind of wines come from there?
Back to work!
14 months has passed. Yes, 14 months since we last had the pleasure of welcoming guests into our home, our tasting room.
Food & wine pairing – don’t diss the demi-secs!
I’ve never quite understood why so many people avoid demi-sec wines. ‘I only like dry wines’ they’ll say, or ‘oh no, I hate sweet wines’.
Seasonal French food – Coco de Paimpol
Nigel told me he’d bought me a treat yesterday and I was delighted to discover that he’d found some Coco de Paimpol.
Countdown to the Loire harvest 2021
As we approach the middle of August the countdown to the 2021 harvest begins. Growers were still out in the Vouvray vineyards yesterday treating for downy mildew.
What’s on the cheeseboard this week? Soumaintrain
We’re particularly fond of soft cheeses. The smellier the better for us. Soumaintrain certainly ticks all the boxes.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – chicken thighs with turmeric & Greek yoghurt
A delicious Lebanese recipe that combines creamy Greek yoghurt with golden turmeric and red lentils. Serve with a salad, rice or flatbreads.
Biodiversity in the vineyard
The good news is – more and more growers are addressing the issue of biodiversity in the vineyard. Seed mixes planted between the rows, new hedges and plants that attract insects
Wine education – downy mildew
There are two types of mildew that commonly affect vines – downy mildew and powdery mildew. Growers in France call downy mildew mildiou and powdery mildew oïdium.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – roasted cherry tomatoes with a chickpea cream on sourdough
The basil is going great guns in the garden so it’s time to drum up a few recipes that need a goodly amount of this fresh, fragrant herb that perks up any summer dish.
Wine education – sunny vintages
In recent years we’ve had a lot of sunny seasons with temperatures exceeding 40°C. What effect does that have on the vines, their fruit and the wine?
Zoom Tasting 24th July 8pm French time
Put the date in your diaries. The next Zoom tasting in on Saturday 24th July at 8pm French time.