Vintage 2019 update from Christophe Daviau of Domaine de Bablut
Christophe Daviau of Domaine de Bablut sends out a vintage report which is always interesting to read
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – slow cooked shoulder of lamb
A great recipe for a rainy weekend when you have no choice but to sit in front of a log fire and read a book while dinner gently bubbles away for hours.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – classic Boeuf Bourgignon
There’s something very comforting about the aroma of a delicious Boeuf Bourgignon bubbling away gently in the oven. Wafts of wine, thyme and orange.
Wine education – burying the cow’s horn. What’s that all about?
The bousse de corne is one of the most important preparations used in bio-dynamic viticulture and is applied to the vineyard in Spring and Autumn.
Wine education – residual sugar in wine
Wine professionals often talk about residual sugar in wine but the average wine drinker is a little unclear about what this term actually means.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – crispy black pudding with mozarella, apple chutney and bitter salad leaves
If you’re a black pudding fan then you’re going to love this dish. It’s very simple and depends upon using high quality ingredients.
Do you know about Pineau d’Aunis?
The Coteaux de Vendômois is an appellation in the Loire valley based around Le Loir. Did you know there are 2 Loire rivers?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – rustic fruit tart
This tart is so easy and can be made using practically any seasonal fruit. I used small purple plums but use apricots, greengages or apples.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – grilled figs with orange, thyme and pomegrante molasses
I absolutely love figs and this is one of my favourite recipes so I was excited to see beautiful fresh purple ones at the market this week.
Loire harvest 2019. A day picking Chardonnay with the girls!
Harvest is in full swing here in the Loire and yesterday I had the chance to participate in a little picking with friend and wine producer Louisa Plou.
Bulgur wheat and Puy lentil salad with mint
Nigel cut down the mint a few weeks ago and it’s now pushing again so I cut a big bunch today and made a fresh summer salad that I enjoyed for lunch.
Still warm and sunny as we go into the Loire harvest 2019
We had a wonderful day yesterday with lovely folks from San Fransisco, New York and Denver. The sun shone and the conversation flowed easily.