Wine education – Rosé from the Loire
Rosé wine is made in practically all of the Loire appellations. Each appellation uses the red grape varieties permitted in that zone of production.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Friday 19th March. Day six.
As I looked out of my bedroom window I could see my neighbour ploughing the little parcel of land opposite his house in preparation for planting.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Thursday 19th March. Day five.
One glass too many of Jean François Merieau’s lovely Cent Visages Malbec has left me feeling a bit thick headed this morning.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Wednesday March 18th. Day four.
Yesterday afternoon I arranged a clandestine meeting with Louisa up in the vineyards to swap contraband. She’d promised to give me some sourdough starter.
Wine Education – how do you spot a healthy vineyard?
It seems to obvious to me as I walk through the vineyards above the house. It’s easy for me to spot which vineyards are healthy and which are not.
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Tuesday March 17th. Day three.
Whoa! That was a bit of a shock! I got out of bed and what do I see? An sms on the mobile phone from the Government telling me to stay inside!
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Monday March 16th. Day two.
We woke up to a dull drizzly day. Gone is the sunshine of yesterday. Back to reality, although the forecast is for more sunny weather as the week goes on.
Wine education – bio-diversity in the vineyard
As we step away from using so many chemicals and pesticides in the vineyard, it has also become clear that there are other things we should be addressing.
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Sunday March 15th. Day one.
What a beautiful day. The first bright and sunny day for weeks. Something to lift the spirits as we enter into a rather dark period of our lives.
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Saturday March 14th. The day before.
Yesterday we drove into Tours to collect some paint that we’d ordered and took the opportunity to pop into Les Halles to buy some cheese for the week.
Wine education – budburst in the vineyards
So it seems I’m going to have plenty of time to wander around the vineyards over the next few weeks. The plateau just above the house is planted with Chenin.
Wine Education – Can grapes grow anywhere?
Vines are hardy plants that will grow in the most unlikely of places. Does that mean that we can make wine anywhere in the world?