News from the Loire – Combier visites gourmandes 26 May 2018
So what is a visite gourmande you might ask? Well, a visit with lovely nibbly bits to accompany the liqueurs and wonderful products that our local Saumur distillery produces.
What’s on the cheeseboard this month? Camembert de Normandie AOP (PDO)
Marie Harel (born Marie Catherine Fontaine in 1761) is credited with the invention of Camembert in 1791. Legend has is that she created the famous recipe while working as a cheesemaker at the Manor of Beaumoncel with the help of local priest Abbott Charles-Jean Bonvoust.
Scrumptious desserts and a new bed and breakfast in the Loire
A scrumptious end to a wonderful Sunday lunch in the garden with local friends here in the Loire yesterday. Layers of freshly cut new season’s strawberries, crushed meringue, marscapone, rosewater, pomegranate seeds and a lovely quenelle of fresh strawberry sorbet all dusted with rose petals.
News from the Loire – portes ouvertes Ampelidae 1st May 2018
Ampelidae, the domaine owned by Frederic Brochet in the Haut Poitou will open its door to the public on May 1st between 10h00 and 18h00 at Chateau de Lavoguyot. There will be a walk in the vineyards at 10h00 followed by a vertical tasting of Sauvignon Blanc with Frederic at 11h00
Midweek dinners – cod with roast peppers and tomatoes
It’s been pretty hot here for the past two days so we fancied something light for dinner.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – dark chocolate mousse
For me, this is the best chocolate mousse recipe. Incredibly simple and very chocolatey, it’s not too terrible on the calories (around 170 per mousse) is low in carbs and has no cream or butter in it, just 3 ingredients.
Vineyard update 19th April 2018
A few pictures taken yesterday in the Saumur Champigny appellation. As you can see there is a little more development and the tiny leaves are beginning to unfurl. We have had glorious sunny weather for the past two days and it’s set to continue over the weekend with temperatures reaching 28°C (82°F).
Loire Valley Winemakers – Brendan Stater-West
Originally from Oregon in the US, Brendan Stater-West has had one of the best mentors in the region in Romain Guiberteau.
Peter Hahn’s lovely Vouvrays available on-line in France and Europe
Many of you will have tasted Peter Hahn’s lovely Vouvrays while you have been with us at le tasting room. I’m happy to say that he has launched an on-line facility and his wines are now available on-line in Europe and France for delivery.
Personal news – my life in the Loire 17 April 2018
We had a lovely lunch with great friend Maryse Tugendhat at the weekend. Many of you will remember her, the energetic and enigmatic lady winemaker of Chateau de Pimpéan in Grezillé. (Members only article).
What’s on the cheeseboard this month? La Couronne Lochoise
Made in the region around Loches, the pretty town in the Touraine region of the Loire valley, La Couronne Lochoise is a raw whole milk goat’s cheese in the form of a crown (couronne).
Budburst 2018 – a few pics
A couple of pics taken first thing this morning in the garden where we have 6 Cabernet Franc and 6 Chenin Blanc vines.