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.
What is Haute Valeur Environnementale or HVE?
Haute Valeur Environnementale is a new certification that encourages and recognises efforts made by vine growers to work with respect to the environment.
Les Bergères 2016 Savennières Domaine FL
It’s a while since we opened a bottle of Savennieres as we’ve been immersing ourselves in the wines of Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire since we moved east.
Chenin Blanc frazzled by the summer heat
Just a few more pics of grapes that have suffered badly with all the heat this summer. These grapes won’t be picked for making wine as there is no juice.
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in August?
As we countdown to harvest it looks like 2019 may prove to be a tricky year for winemakers.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – melon, tomato, cucumber and goat’s cheese salad
This is a lovely summer salad. Make it when all the ingredients are tasting at their best and it’s hard to beat on a hot day in the garden.
Boa Moa from Jean-François Merieau
Boa Moa is a delightful example of something a little offbeat. 100% Sauvignon Rose, this colour mutation of Sauvignon makes beautifully aromatic wines.