Frost damage 2022
We had a walk around the Vouvray vineyards this morning to take a look at potential frost damage.
We had a wonderful day yesterday with Dana & Carlo from Minnesota. A day spent exchanging news & views on food, wine & life.
An unusual pairing that works!
A fine meringue case encasing slowly roasted new season’s strawberries from Plougastel, a vanilla cream and a tart rhubarb sauce.
Wine education. What’s the difference between passerillage & botrytis?
Do you know the difference between passerillage & botrytis? Sweet wines can be made with grapes affected by both. But what’s the difference?
Location is everything!
They say that about houses don’t they? Location, location location! And it’s the same with vines.
Wine in a can. Can it be good?
I’ve always been more intruiged by off-beat wines and quirky grape varieties than big money wines. A grape variety I’ve never heard of.
Tasting with Clemence & Xavier Weisskopf at La Levée de la Loire
This weekend saw the return of the Loire tasting events that mark the annual calendar after nearly 2 years of absence.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – spicy squid stew with garlic croutons
A family favourite that I’ll often make for a birthday or celebration, this is my take on a recipe that might otherwise take a lot more time.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – poireaux vinaigrette
Inspired by a wonderful evening at Chez Marcel in Paris where I ate a version of this recipe, I decided to make it at home this weekend.
Malbec from Domaine des Rochelles
Domaine de Rochelles is a family run estate based in Saint Jean des Mauvrets, about 10 minutes from Angers.
Catching up with Antoine et Nathalie Leduc of Leduc-Frouin in Anjou
It’s a while since we were in Anjou so it was a pleasure to drop in on Antoine and Nathalie Leduc of Leduc-Frouin last week.
A drop of liquid gold – Quarts de Chaume
I’m always a bit mystified when people tell me they don’t like ‘sweet wine’. They eat dessert, they love chocolate, they adore ice cream.