Life in the Loire on lock-down. Monday 23rd March. Day nine.
Pesto (our cat) was successful hunting and caught a chaffinch. She’s a useless hunter normally so that little bird must have been really caught off guard.
Unfortunately it looks like the temperature is due to dip below zero this week which is very bad news for local vignerons.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Sunday 22nd March. Day eight.
Personally, I’m always in Mother’s Day limbo. A complete nightmare for my children. Do we celebrate it on English Mother’s Day
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Saturday 21st March. Day seven
There was a kerfuffle outside this morning as we woke up. I could hear voices so went to the window to see what was happening.
Wine education – Rosé from the Loire
Rosé wine is made in practically all of the Loire appellations. Each appellation uses the red grape varieties permitted in that zone of production.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Friday 19th March. Day six.
As I looked out of my bedroom window I could see my neighbour ploughing the little parcel of land opposite his house in preparation for planting.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Thursday 19th March. Day five.
One glass too many of Jean François Merieau’s lovely Cent Visages Malbec has left me feeling a bit thick headed this morning.
Life in the Loire on lock-down. Wednesday March 18th. Day four.
Yesterday afternoon I arranged a clandestine meeting with Louisa up in the vineyards to swap contraband. She’d promised to give me some sourdough starter.
Wine Education – how do you spot a healthy vineyard?
It seems to obvious to me as I walk through the vineyards above the house. It’s easy for me to spot which vineyards are healthy and which are not.
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Tuesday March 17th. Day three.
Whoa! That was a bit of a shock! I got out of bed and what do I see? An sms on the mobile phone from the Government telling me to stay inside!
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Monday March 16th. Day two.
We woke up to a dull drizzly day. Gone is the sunshine of yesterday. Back to reality, although the forecast is for more sunny weather as the week goes on.
Wine education – bio-diversity in the vineyard
As we step away from using so many chemicals and pesticides in the vineyard, it has also become clear that there are other things we should be addressing.