Wine education – residual sugar in wine
Wine professionals often talk about residual sugar in wine but the average wine drinker is a little unclear about what this term actually means.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – crispy black pudding with mozarella, apple chutney and bitter salad leaves
If you’re a black pudding fan then you’re going to love this dish. It’s very simple and depends upon using high quality ingredients.
Wine Education – the diversity of Chenin Blanc
If you look carefully at a bunch of Chenin Blanc around harvest time you’ll notice that the grapes are not uniform in colour. Chenin is a magical grape.
Do you know about Pineau d’Aunis?
The Coteaux de Vendômois is an appellation in the Loire valley based around Le Loir. Did you know there are 2 Loire rivers?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – rustic fruit tart
This tart is so easy and can be made using practically any seasonal fruit. I used small purple plums but use apricots, greengages or apples.
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in September?
Picking in the Loire is still in full swing as we approach the end of September.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – grilled figs with orange, thyme and pomegrante molasses
I absolutely love figs and this is one of my favourite recipes so I was excited to see beautiful fresh purple ones at the market this week.
Loire harvest 2019. A day picking Chardonnay with the girls!
Harvest is in full swing here in the Loire and yesterday I had the chance to participate in a little picking with friend and wine producer Louisa Plou.
Loire Harvest 2019
The Chenin Blanc grapes are now coming in as harvest continues here in the Loire valley.
Bulgur wheat and Puy lentil salad with mint
Nigel cut down the mint a few weeks ago and it’s now pushing again so I cut a big bunch today and made a fresh summer salad that I enjoyed for lunch.
Still warm and sunny as we go into the Loire harvest 2019
We had a wonderful day yesterday with lovely folks from San Fransisco, New York and Denver. The sun shone and the conversation flowed easily.
Getting ready for the Loire harvest 2019
We spent a couple of hours with Juliette and Peter Hahn on Saturday as they prepare for the 2019 harvest. The 2018 will be bottled tomorrow.