Vouvray frost update 27th April 2021
We had a wander around the vineyards in Noizay, Vernou sur Brenne and Chancay yesterday. Three villages within the Vouvray appellation.
Food & wine pairing. Hot, sweet, sour, spice.
Sometimes, (and I mean not often), you choose a wine that turns out to be the perfect pairing with the dish you’ve prepared.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – rosemary and anchovy dressing
Fabulous with a rare rib of beef or a juicy bavette, this easy, tasty dressing makes a lovely accompaniment.
Wine education. What’s the cost of frost? How does aspersion work?
The least used (but most effective) way of fighting frost here in the Loire is to use aspersion. Sprinkling water over the vines.
Wine education. So what’s the cost of frost? Lighting candles in the vines.
This past week has been a tough one for growers in the Loire as they battle to save their 2021 crop. So what’s the cost of frost?
Wine education. What’s that glass in my wine?
While happily enjoying your glass of wine, you glance down. What on earth is that in my glass? Little pieces of glass? Sugar?
Understanding French wine labels. Part one – Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée.
French wine labels can be tricky to understand. The combination of unfamiliar vocabulary and a different language can make it difficult.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – crispy salmon with Vietnamese style cucumber and red onion salad
Crispy salmon, fresh cucumber, red onion and mint all lifted with a hot, sweet and salty dressing. Hot, sweet, salty and tasty!
Life in the Loire 29th March 2021
Two turns of the key in the gate and off I go. Just 200 metres up the hill and there I am. Over 2,200 hectares of vines to explore.
What’s on the cheeseboard this week? Vacherousse d’Argental
A new cheese to us this week. Vacherousse d’Argental – a rich, smooth and creamy cow’s milk cheese from the Lyon area of France.
Life in the Loire 17th March 2021 – Talking about Elizabeth David
Who inspired you when it comes to cooking? Who was it that ignited your passion for food? Whose books did you read
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Prawn & pea noodles with Gochujang and coconut cream
I made this last night. A concoction of several recipes with my own twist and it was so tasty I thought, I must share it with you.