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Celebrate with a bottle of Crémant de Loire

Sabrer une bouteille de Crémant. To open a bottle of Crémant with a sabre or sword. Lots of fun for special celebrations.

Wine tasting on a Sunday in the Loire – Chateau des Vaults

Ok, so you’re staying in Angers in the Loire and you love wine and you think ‘right, it’s Sunday tomorrow, let’s go wine tasting’.

Petillants Naturels

An article this morning that I reposted made me think that I would write a few words of my own about the growing number of ‘natural’ sparkling wines on the market today

Pithon-Paillé

2016 turned out to be a very tricky year for them with miniscule yeilds of around 6hl/ha.

Why is pruning so important?

There are different ways to prune vines. Here in the Loire in Anjou we see a lot of Single Guyot and Double Guyot pruning, a cane replacement system.

What is bâtonnage?

Bâttonage is the French word for stirring the ‘lees’

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Loire Valley

A few things that you might not know about the Loire valley.

Crémant & Champagne – do you know the difference?

Watched a very interesting French documentary this morning that goes into the detail behind Crémant versus Champagne.

La Coulée de Serrant quits Interloire

La Coulée de Serrant quits Interloire. What does that mean?

Domaine de la Cotelleraie – St Nicolas de Bourgueil

Out and about in the vineyards yesterday we stopped for lunch in Fontevraud at Le Comptoir des Vins which is just opposite the entrance to the abbey. This little restaurant is partner to La Promenade in Bourgueil and works along the same lines: you choose a bottle of wine from the rack and a supplement of 8€ is added as a ‘corkage’ charge.