Little gems in the Vin de France category
The Vin de France category of wine production in France is the least regulated. Most wines in this category are every day wines, simple wines.
For the love of Vermouth
We both love Vermouth. It’s bitterness backed up by notes of herbs, spices, flowers and fruits. Perfect on ice on its own as an apero.
Vintage or non-vintage fizz. Which is better?
I first learnt about sparkling wine in the 1980’s. Vintage fizz was from a single year and non-vintage was from several years.
Talking about chestnuts!
If I’m honest, I’m not the biggest fan of chestnuts. Not because I don’t like them but because they are such a pain to prepare.
Wine education – Folle Blanche
When we talk all things Muscadet and the region close to the sea at Nantes, there’s only one grape variety that springs to mind.
Wine education – all about Gamay
It seems pertinent (as we countdown to Beaujolais Nouveau) to talk a bit about Gamay. It’s famous in Beaujolais but also grown in the Loire.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – smoked haddock with spicy potatoes & a poached egg
If you like smoked haddock then you’ll love this easy recipe that can be whipped up in a jiffy. The spicing is gentle and comforting.
Wine education – pruning after hail damage
A short localised hail storm can wipe out a year’s harvest in 15 minutes. As the hailstones batter the vines, the foliage is stripped off.
French life and cheese! How to cut your cheeses correctly.
So, you’re in a French restaurant or a French home and the cheeseboard is passed to you. Do you know how to cut the cheese?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – silken tofu and chocolate mousse
Who doesn’t love a rich, smooth chocolate mousse? This vegan recipe really hits the spot with everyone and it’s incredibly simple to make.
Wine education – what’s a barboteur?
You walk into a winery and the sound of fermentation fills your ears as the barrels bubble away turning ripe grape juice into wine.
Wine education – biodynamic preparation 501 (horn silica)
Yesterday we went to see Arnaud Herivault of Domaine d’Orfeuilles in the Vouvray appellation. He was preparing preparation 501.