Vineyard update 19th April 2018
A few pictures taken yesterday in the Saumur Champigny appellation. As you can see there is a little more development and the tiny leaves are beginning to unfurl. We have had glorious sunny weather for the past two days and it’s set to continue over the weekend with temperatures reaching 28°C (82°F).
Loire Valley Winemakers – Brendan Stater-West
Originally from Oregon in the US, Brendan Stater-West has had one of the best mentors in the region in Romain Guiberteau.
Peter Hahn’s lovely Vouvrays available on-line in France and Europe
Many of you will have tasted Peter Hahn’s lovely Vouvrays while you have been with us at le tasting room. I’m happy to say that he has launched an on-line facility and his wines are now available on-line in Europe and France for delivery.
Personal news – my life in the Loire 17 April 2018
We had a lovely lunch with great friend Maryse Tugendhat at the weekend. Many of you will remember her, the energetic and enigmatic lady winemaker of Chateau de Pimpéan in Grezillé. (Members only article).
What’s on the cheeseboard this month? La Couronne Lochoise
Made in the region around Loches, the pretty town in the Touraine region of the Loire valley, La Couronne Lochoise is a raw whole milk goat’s cheese in the form of a crown (couronne).
Budburst 2018 – a few pics
A couple of pics taken first thing this morning in the garden where we have 6 Cabernet Franc and 6 Chenin Blanc vines.
Technical wine & vineyard vocabulary demystified – lutte raisonnée
Often in France we hear the expression ‘lutte raisonnée’ and for the non-French speaker this can be a bit of a mystery. What is ‘lutte raisonnée’?
The expression applies to an approach in the vineyard. The literal translation is ‘reasoned struggle’ or’ reasoned battle’
Tips for Travellers to France – Bread on the table
At home, in a relaxed dining situation or an informal bistro/restaurant you will not be given a plate upon which to put your bread. Bread goes on the table.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding
Bread and butter pudding. A very English pudding made with bread. A firm favourite of ours and very easy to make, here I have added a French and a British twist. I have used buttery brioche instead of bread and as you can see from the photo I snuck in some gooseberries, that quintessentially tangy British fruit.
Vineyard update 14 April 2018 – budburst
Out and about in the hills of the Layon yesterday we saw that the vineyards now have budburst. As you can see from the pictures, they are still at the woolly bud stage ie there is little or no green to see quite yet.
Trying to pronounce French wines! Bourgueil
I had to repost this little video taken recently at Prowein. It shows a variety of people from different countries trying to pronounce ‘Bourgueil’. Bourgueil is one of the Loire’s best known red wine appellations but it takes some pronouncing, especially if you are not familiar with the French language.
Wine Education – focus on the Anjou Blanc Appellation
Anjou, the winemaking region around Angers and stretching as far east as Saumur, has been famous for its Chenin Blanc wines since the 9th Century. There are many appellations that fall under the Anjou umbrella