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.
Catching up with Arnaud Lambert
We popped over to see Arnaud Lambert last week for a long overdue catch up and tasting. Arnaud’s wines are some of our favourites from Saumur.
Catching up with Mathieu Vallée of Chateau Yvonne in Saumur Champigny
It seems like we’ve been in a bit of a vacuum these past two years and opportunities to taste with our favourite producers have been limited.
Pruning in the Vouvray vineyards (video)
Nigel is pruning a parcel of Chenin Blanc in the Vouvray appellation again this year.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Gougères
My first experience of eating gougères was in the 1980’s when visiting Louis Jadot in Beaune. A huge basket was passed around as we tasted.
It’s easy to see the effects of climate change here in the Loire valley. Over the past 20 years we’ve had more heat and more frost.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – kholrabi & beetroot slaw
I made this last night on a whim and it was so tasty I thought I’d share it with you. The vibrant pink colour really perks things up on a dull winter’s day.