Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 19th July 2020.
Kettle on, tea made, I open the door to let the cat in and what do I see? Two kittens playing on the grass. Two, no three, no four, no five.
Wine education – what is a cépage teinturier
Teint is a French word and it means tint, dye, stain. A cépage teinturier is a grape variety that stains, dyes or tints. So what makes that different?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – chilled tomato and bread soup with crunchy chilli breadcrumbs
Perfect for a sunny day in the garden. Serve it with crusty bread and a glass of chilled dry white. It’s a great way to use up old bread and is delicious!
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 12th July 2020.
This week I’ve been looking at changes in climate in recent years and the impact that has had upon viticulture (particularly here in the Loire).
Wine education – recognising diseases in the vineyard
Walking through the vines the other day we came across two rows of very poorly looking vines. It seemed strange. One complete row affected.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – cauliflower purée
This cauliflower purée is delicious served with roast chicken, guinea fowl or cod. It can be made in advance and gently reheated and freezes well too.
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 5th July 2020.
The baby swallows have finally left the nest. Pesto, Bigi and Monza have been on rotational sentry duty for the past couple of weeks hoping to catch one.
Wine education – diseases in the vineyard
I always talk about the decimation of vineyards that followed after Phylloxera came to Europe’s vineyards in the late 19th century.
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 28th June.
The week started badly. The car broke down. Well, it didn’t break down exactly. As I turned on the engine everything started beeping at me.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – homemade pesto
The basil has gone crazy in the garden but it seems to be a little on the woody side so I decided to make a batch of pesto this morning.
Boudin noir, black pudding. From hate to love…
If you’d have asked me 30 years ago if I would have popped a morsel of boudin noir (or black pudding as we’d call it in England) in my mouth.
What’s going on in the vineyard? 23rd June 2020.
The grapes are starting to form and after two weeks of almost daily rain, the weather has settled and things are looking brighter.