What are we drinking this week? Belargus des Treilles 2010, Pithon-Paillé
It seems appropriate after my recent update on Jo and Isabelle Pithon’s domaine, to open a bottle of one of Jo’s beautiful sweet wines, Belargus des Treilles.
Update on Jo Pithon and Domaine Pithon-Paille – top estate in Anjou
Jo Pithon, legendary winemaker in Anjou has sold his domaine to Ivan Massonnat after 40 years of dedicating his life to wine.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – skinny smoked salmon, orange and fennel salad
After 5 days of total gluttony in Barcelona, I’m going light and low for a while before the Christmas festivities kick in.
Wine education – burying the cows’ horns
The biodynamic approach to growing grapes includes burying cows’ horns in the winter and digging them up again in the spring. What’s that all about?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Crème Brulée
Crème Brulée is a French classic and very easy to make. You need few ingredients and can make it a couple of days in advance,
Not keen on overly formal dining and dining experiences we had no idea what to expect at Disfrutar in Barcelona last week.
What’s on the cheeseboard this month? Reblochon
Definitely in our top 10 favourite cheeses. Reblochon is a washed rind, raw cow’s milk cheese made in the Savoie area of France.
A beautiful bunch of Chenin Blanc still hanging on the vine at Chateau de Fesles in the heart of the Bonnezeaux appellation taken on Saturday.
What are we drinking this week? Poiré Authentique from Eric Bordelet
Poiré is the French term for the English drink perry. Similar to cider except made using pears, it’s delicious and great served as an aperitif.
Personal news – moving on to pastures new
We’d been thinking about moving for a couple of years. The house seemed big without the children and we had been toying with the idea for a while.
Wine education – picking grapes for Crémant
The Loire is the second biggest producer of sparkling wine in France after Champagne but here we call it Crémant de Loire.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Greek style chicken with orzo
This recipe for Greek style chicken with orzo was brought to my attention by my brother recently who spotted it in the Daily Telegraph. He made one or two small adjustments and passed it on to me.