What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in December?
You might think that not much goes on in the vineyard in December but in fact it can often be a busy month. There are lots of tasks that need to be tackled.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – John’s Hasselback potatoes
Think of something between a baked or roasted potato, crispy on top yet soft in the middle and oozing buttery juices. This is the Hasselback potato.
Is vintage important when buying wine?
Like most people, we tend to spend a bit more on wine at Christmas. So is it important to take vintage into account when buying your wines for the festive season?
Wines to go with smoked salmon
Smoked salmon is something that always makes an appearance on our table over the festive period. Here are a few wine pairing ideas for you.
Recipes for Christmas – mince pies
For us Brits, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. Perceived as something rather strange by the French that doesn’t deter me!
Pithon-Paille’s domaine to be called Domaine Bel Argus
Pithon Paillé’s former domaine will be called Domaine Bel Argus, named after the tiny rare blue butterfly that can be found among the vines of Les Treilles.
What we are drinking this week? Exilé 2017 from Lise et Bertrand Jousset
Growers in Montlouis have suffered greatly these past few years leaving many of them in a rather precarious position financially despite their best efforts.
Bring out a sweet wine this Christmas!
I’m a huge fan of sweet wine and luckily for me, we live in the Loire valley which makes some of the best sweet wine in the world.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – caramelised endives with thyme and Parma ham
We eat a lot of endives in France and love that characteristic bitter quality. In the winter we eat them in salads or cook them wrapped in ham and bechamel.
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in November?
This year it’s been mild and the leaves on the vines only really started to fall recently after we had a couple of days when the temperature dropped below zero.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Campari and orange cake
This is a rather Christmassy cake that serves 12 generously. Blood oranges can be hard to find in France but normal oranges are also excellent.
What are we drinking this week? Coteau des Treilles 2009 from Jo Pithon
Another amazing wine from Jo Pithon, his Coteau des Treilles 2009. We have a few bottles of a few different vintages in our cellar and it’s a while since we tasted the 2009.