Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Joue de boeuf
Things are a bit chilly here in the Loire and today it’s raining outside so I thought I’d share the recipe for a long slow cooked beef cheek (joue de boeuf) that will brighten up even the most miserable day.
Wine Education – Introduction to the Loire Valley
No wonder that the Loire has a vast range of wine styles and grape varieties and this doesn’t take into account the multitude of small satellite regions that are also gathered under the Loire valley umbrella when it comes to wine.
What’s in season in the Loire? Noirmoutier potatoes
Thanks to it’s unique climate, Noirmoutier produces the first of the early season ‘new’ potatoes and these ones are arguably the best in the world.
What’s going on in the vineyard in April?
Signs of budburst have been seen in the Muscadet region and in Saumur Champigny but there was little sign of it in St Nicolas de Bourgueil yesterday (the 9th). Meanwhile, growers are replacing dead or diseased vines with new ones and putting in stakes to support replacement vines that are now 2 years old.
What’s on the cheeseboard this month? Langres
Langres – a washed rind cheese that has a wrinkly orange appearance and takes its name from the Langres plateau in the Champagne region of France. It’s one of our absolute favourites and is not for the fainthearted as it has a strong farmyardy aroma and a slightly sour taste – delicious!
News from the Loire – Bois Brinçon portes ouvertes 21 & 22 April
Chateau de Bois-Brinçon in Anjou has its open house on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd April. Great wines from this bio-dynamic producer in Anjou.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Gateau Nantais
A boozy rum laced cake that was invented in 1820, the Gateau Nantais from Nantes in the Loire valley is sure to get you in the spirit! (excuse the pun) It’s great to serve as a dessert for a special dinner or celebration.
Wine Education – the use of sulphur in wine
Sulphur, in various forms, is an essential tool for the winemaker. It inhibits oxidation, is antibacterial and preserves wine at bottling. It also occurs naturally in all wines as a by-product of yeast metabolism. In this article I’m going to talk about the use of sulphur in wine.
Technical wine & vineyard vocabulary demystified – débourrement, budburst or budbreak
Débourrement is the French word for budburst or budbreak. It occurs when the vines come out of dormancy after the winter period.
Loire Valley Winemakers – Xavier Cailleau
5th generation winemakers, Xavier and Geraldine Cailleau at Chateau de Bois Brinçon make an eclectic range of wines of impressive quality in the heart of Anjou close to the delightful village of Blaison-Gohier just 10 minutes from us here at le tasting room.
Personal news – my life in the Loire
I’m so excited to be launching Life in the Loire with Le Tasting Room. It’s something that we’ve been mulling over for a long time and this winter after much thought (and many glasses of wine), we decided to go ahead this season.
News from the Loire – Clos Cristal to have 1,3 million euros investment over the next 5 years
The hospital of Saumur in partnership with the well known Saumur Co-Operative Robert & Marcel has announced that it has signed a 25 year agreement for Robert & Marcel to manage the famous Clos Cristal vineyard and that there will be 1,3 million euros investment over the next 5 years.