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.
Chateau de Nitray Athée sur Cher
To be honest, my experience of wines that come from historic monuments is mediocre. It’s perfectly understandable, the château is the main business.
Making wine with the girls!
Last year I was invited to pick Chardonnay grapes with a lovely bunch of ladies. It was the initiative of Louisa Plou, wife of winemaker Fred Plou.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Croque Monsieur
It’s ages since I made a home made Croque Monsieur and it was so tasty and so easy that I had to share this super simple recipe with you.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Hazlenut parfait
This delicious hazlenut dessert can be prepared well in advance. It goes in the freezer and then you can just cut a slice as and when you need it.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – carrot, almond, orange and olive oil cake
A deliciously moist cake that makes a great partner to a cup of coffee in the morning or served as a dessert with a little creme fraiche.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – cod en papillote with tomatoes and basil
This is an easy peasy recipe that is great fun to serve at the table. A succulent piece of cod on a bed of semi dried tomatoes with fresh basil and thyme.
Wine education – the Touraine appellation
The Touraine AOC is one of the biggest in the Loire. 5,000 ha (15,000 acres) between Chambord & Azay le Rideau passing by Chenonceaux & Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – basmati rice and lentils with raisins, dates, saffron & cumin
Rice and lentils together are a perfect combination. Add in some spices, a slow cooked caramelised onion and a touch of sweetnes and you have deliciousness.
What is duty when it comes to wine?
Duty is the tax that we pay on wine and can often account for a large proportion of the shelf price. It literally means ‘what is due’.
Technical wine vocabulary demystified – finish
When we taste wine professionally we always talk about the finish of a wine. What is that?