The International Pepper Festival – Terre Exotique
If you’re a foodie then you’ll find it as hard as I do to drive past Terre Exotique in Rochecorbon, one of the Vouvray villages close to Tours.
Record breaking temperatures in the Loire 18th June 2022
We were warned. It was going to be HOT yesterday. And, it was. 41°C to be precise. The hottest day recorded in June since records began.
The Le Mans Gang returns!
It’s been three years since the trusty Le Mans Gang came down for their annual Loire Wine Discovery day and there was a lot to catch up on.
Wine education – new disease resistent grape varieties
Like most growers in Touraine, Sauvignon Blanc makes up the majority of plantings but they’ve also planted a new variety called Floréal.
Hail strikes the Loire again in June 2022
The weather in the Loire has been unseasonally hot and dry these past few weeks and as temperatures rose, hail storms were predicted.
Flowering in the Loire 2022 (and a few stats)
I posted a few days ago that vines here in the Loire are flowering. There seems to be a lot of fruit and conditions are perfect at the moment.
A Vouvray producer to look out for – Domaine d’Orfeuilles
Domaine d’Orfeuilles is an estate that has been in the Herivault family for more than 2 centuries.
Vineyard update 21 May 2022 – Flowering
We’ve had very little rain these past few weeks and lots of sunshine.
Domaine de la Cotelleraie – St Nicolas de Bourgueil
Domaine de la Cotelleraie has long been one of our favourite producers in St Nicolas de Bourgueil so it was great to pop in last week.
A little story about blind tasting
Blind tasting. It’s frustrating, fun and challenging in equal measure.
Wine Education. What is tying down – ‘pliage’?
In the vineyards, growers are ‘tying down’ – pliage in French. Only vines that have a long cane after pruning can be tied down to the wire.
Brillat Savarin & the Great Paris Moustache Strike of 1907
Brillat Savarin – one of France’s most famous cheeses named after one of France’s most famous gastronomes.