Loire Harvest 2021
So, the Loire is off! They’ve started picking Chardonnay in Anjou, Saumur and Touraine. These grapes are destined for sparkling wine.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – plum & almond tart
The French are very keen on frangipane (an almond cream) but I always think of it as the mixture that goes into English Bakewell tart.
Keeping in local – Mathieu Cosme’s sparkling Vouvray
We try to source our food and wine locally wherever possible and it can’t get much more local than this.
Wine education – all about the Fiefs Vendéens
The Fiefs Vendéens? Is that part of the Loire? Where is it exactly? What kind of wines come from there?
Back to work!
14 months has passed. Yes, 14 months since we last had the pleasure of welcoming guests into our home, our tasting room.
Food & wine pairing – don’t diss the demi-secs!
I’ve never quite understood why so many people avoid demi-sec wines. ‘I only like dry wines’ they’ll say, or ‘oh no, I hate sweet wines’.
Seasonal French food – Coco de Paimpol
Nigel told me he’d bought me a treat yesterday and I was delighted to discover that he’d found some Coco de Paimpol.
Countdown to the Loire harvest 2021
As we approach the middle of August the countdown to the 2021 harvest begins. Growers were still out in the Vouvray vineyards yesterday treating for downy mildew.
What’s on the cheeseboard this week? Soumaintrain
We’re particularly fond of soft cheeses. The smellier the better for us. Soumaintrain certainly ticks all the boxes.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – chicken thighs with turmeric & Greek yoghurt
A delicious Lebanese recipe that combines creamy Greek yoghurt with golden turmeric and red lentils. Serve with a salad, rice or flatbreads.
Biodiversity in the vineyard
The good news is – more and more growers are addressing the issue of biodiversity in the vineyard. Seed mixes planted between the rows, new hedges and plants that attract insects
Wine education – downy mildew
There are two types of mildew that commonly affect vines – downy mildew and powdery mildew. Growers in France call downy mildew mildiou and powdery mildew oïdium.