So how did Loire valley wines do during 2020 on the export market?
With professional wine fairs and consumer salons cancelled, restaurants, bar and cafés closed, 2020 was tough for the Loire growers.
Wine education – what’s all the fuss about soil?
Soil. We take it for granted don’t we? How often do we think about soil?
Life in the Loire 5th March 2021. Goodbye to Dave.
Staring out of the window I can see her standing there. Huddled up with a look of confusion on her face. It’s been a week now.
Life in the Loire 28th February 2021. Cat-tastrophe!
High drama in Vallée de Vauvelle on Tuesday afternoon.
Wine education – what is Orange wine?
You might have tasted an ‘orange’ wine already or have heard about it but not know exactly what it is. They’re all the rage!
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – raspberry & lemon curd meringue roulade
This is a recipe that I used to make in the 1980’s passed down from my Mum. It’s easy to make (really!) and makes a really delicious pud.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – apricot, walnut and sultana granola bars
Nigel is back out in the vineyards pruning and when he does physical work, he needs something to snack on. Shame I don’t have that problem.
Life in the Loire – 15th February 2021
Snow fell at the beginning of last week. Just a little. Enough to turn the vineyards into a sparkling winter scene as temperatures plummeted.
Wine education – judging a wine by its concentration
I hear it often. Red wines from the Loire don’t measure up to the big bold flavours of wines from Australia or California. Is that true?
Life in the Loire in 2021 – Goodbye to François Pinon.
The news filtered through quickly. It does in the wine world. Everyone knows everyone.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Moussaka
It’s an old classic that I made in the 1980’s after being inspired by holidays in the Greek islands. A perfect square at room temperature!
All about vinegar!
Did you know that Orléans in the Loire valley was the dominant producer of vinegar in France from the late middle ages until the late 1800’s?