Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update. 13 September.
This week has been a whirlwind of hot days and happy pickers sweeping from one plot to another, bringing in the grapes for the 2020 vintage.
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update. 6th September 2020.
The week started with very sad news. The sudden death of Frederic Mabileau, reknowned top quality winemaker in St Nicolas de Bourgueil.
We’re off. The 2020 harvest in Vouvray has begun.
The official go-ahead for harvest in the Vouvray appellation has been given but several growers requested permission to start a little earlier
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update. 30th August 2020.
This week seems to have been a week of eating and drinking. Well no change there you might say. And you’d be right to a certain extent.
Domaine des Ardoisières Argile Blanc 2018
Sometimes we get the chance to taste something offbeat and delicious and this wine that we enjoyed with friends this week, certainly fit the bill.
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update. 23rd August 2020.
We’re off! Harvest has started in the Loire and the grapes are coming in. The earliest harvest in living memory for many.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – skinny courgette fries
These skinny courgette fries are totally addictive. Don’t be fooled. They are lethal. Deep fried, crispy and sprinkled with sea salt they’ll have you hooked from the first taste.
Wine education – lesser known appellations of the Loire, Côte Roannaise
A long way from Noizay, the Cote Roannaise vineyards are situated between Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon and are some of the most southerly in the Loire.
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 16th August.
Well, we can pretty much say our 2020 season is finished. Borders to the USA remain closed and this week the UK has introduced quarantine.
Wine education – a couple of lesser known rosés from the Loire
You’ve probably heard of Rosé d’Anjou. You might have tried a rosé from Chinon. But – have you ever heard of Touraine Noble Joué?
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update. 9th August 2020.
Another hot and sunny week in the Loire. The vineyards are quiet and one by one, the growers are leaving for their summer holidays before harvest begins.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – gazpacho
It’s been so hot this week that spending too much time in a hot kitchen hasn’t been a very enticing prospect. How about a bowl of chilled gazpacho?