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?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – roasted tomatoes with Greek yoghurt and Feta cheese
The tomatoes are tasting amazing now and our potager is providing a steady supply of cherry tomatoes on the vine, Abracadabra (green) and San Marzano.
Wine education – exposure to the sun
It probably seems obvious that the amount of sunshine a vine receives will have a definite effect upon growth and development. But is it just the sun?
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 2nd August 2020.
It’s been a hot week in the Loire with us chasing the shade during the day and eating inside until the sun goes down.
Life in the Loire after lock down. Weekly update 26th July 2020.
It almost felt like I was back at work this week. Two great visits to taste wine and see growers – one that we know from long ago and another new one.