Accommodation in Paris – renting an apartment
Having your own base is a great way of getting under the skin of a city. It gives you a ‘home from home’ where you can truly relax and be yourself.
Scallops with lime & beetroot
When it comes to entrées (starters) what I’m looking for is something fresh, appetising and light. I want it to wake up my tastebuds and make me look forward to the main course.
A new restaurant in Savennières open 7 days a week!
A new bistro/restaurant has just opened in the centre Savennières. Le Chenin will be open 7 days a week (yes, you read that correctly!.)
A delicious Chenin Blanc from Domaine Richou in Anjou
Les Rogeries 2009 – delicious Chenin Blanc from Domaine Richou in Anjou.
Grololo – Pithon-Paillé
As the back label says ‘vin de fruit, vin de copains, vin de casse-croute. A boire avec quoi? …avec plaisir!’. Bring on the Grololo!
Clos Cristal – Saumur-Champigny
I just had to post this video from Aurelia Filion who has a blog called ‘bu sur le web’ and regularly incorporates wines from the Loire valley in her tastings.
The vineyard year – pruning in Vouvray
This year we are hoping mother nature will be a little kinder to our growers here in the Loire. After 2 really hard years, they deserve an easier time in 2014.
What is an arpent de terre?
An arpent de terre is an old French measurement that is both a unit of length and of area.
Vouvray – an update from Bernard Fouquet
We were there to catch up with Bernard Fouquet of Domaine des Aubuissieres, one of the top growers in the region and whose wines we regularly include in our tutored Loire wine tastings here at le tasting room. Bernard estimates that he has lost the equivalent of 60,000 bottles this year due to the hailstorm of June 17th 2013.
Domaine FL’s new winery in Rochfort-sur-Loire
Domaine FL was founded in 2007 by Philip Fournier, entrepreneur, who having made his fortune in telecommunications, decided to venture into the world of wine. After an unsuccessful alliance with Jo Pithon (who now makes a range of great wines with his step-son Joseph under Pithon-Paillé) he is now aided by his son Julien, Stéphane Derenoncourt (wine consultant) and Hugues Daubercles (cellar master).
Winter in the vineyard
Now is the time for pruning in the vineyard and all around white vans litter the countryside with pruners methodically working their way through the rows using (for the most part), electric pruners.
Jean-François Mérieau – Touraine
The Mérieau family has been making wine since 1886 and is now in the hands of Jean-François Mérieau. 38 hectares on flinty clay and limestone among the hillsides and the left bank of the Cher river give a diverse range of wines from a whole host of grape varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Menu Pineau and Pinot Noir.