Wine Education – fighting frost
My picture today is of what we call a ‘tow and blow’ machine. One of the many tools used by winemakers to fight frost here in the Loire.
Wine Education – the difference between a lieu-dit and a hameau
Do you know the difference between a lieu-dit and a hameau. Do you know what either of them means?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – roasted carrot, tarragon and ricotta tart
I made this tart last night for our first dinner in the garden and it was so lovely that I thought I’d give you the recipe.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Bloomer
With all this time on my hands I’ve been doing a lot of baking and a lot of bread making. Today I made a ‘Bloomer’, a traditional English loaf.
Unfortunately it looks like the temperature is due to dip below zero this week which is very bad news for local vignerons.
Wine education – Rosé from the Loire
Rosé wine is made in practically all of the Loire appellations. Each appellation uses the red grape varieties permitted in that zone of production.
Wine Education – how do you spot a healthy vineyard?
It seems to obvious to me as I walk through the vineyards above the house. It’s easy for me to spot which vineyards are healthy and which are not.
Wine education – bio-diversity in the vineyard
As we step away from using so many chemicals and pesticides in the vineyard, it has also become clear that there are other things we should be addressing.
Wine education – budburst in the vineyards
So it seems I’m going to have plenty of time to wander around the vineyards over the next few weeks. The plateau just above the house is planted with Chenin.
Wine Education – Can grapes grow anywhere?
Vines are hardy plants that will grow in the most unlikely of places. Does that mean that we can make wine anywhere in the world?
Solidarity with our Italian friends – Cos Frappato 2018
Small businesses such as ours are suffering in the wake of the Coronavirus but at least we’re not on total lock down like they are in Italy.
Vineyard update 9th March 2020
I mentioned that growers have been leaving pruning late to avoid the risk of frost and that some are pruning in 2 passes.