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For the love of Vermouth
We both love Vermouth. It’s bitterness backed up by notes of herbs, spices, flowers and fruits. Perfect on ice on its own as an apero.
Vintage or non-vintage fizz. Which is better?
I first learnt about sparkling wine in the 1980’s. Vintage fizz was from a single year and non-vintage was from several years.
Talking about chestnuts!
If I’m honest, I’m not the biggest fan of chestnuts. Not because I don’t like them but because they are such a pain to prepare.
Wine education – Folle Blanche
When we talk all things Muscadet and the region close to the sea at Nantes, there’s only one grape variety that springs to mind.
Wine education – all about Gamay
It seems pertinent (as we countdown to Beaujolais Nouveau) to talk a bit about Gamay. It’s famous in Beaujolais but also grown in the Loire.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – smoked haddock with spicy potatoes & a poached egg
If you like smoked haddock then you’ll love this easy recipe that can be whipped up in a jiffy. The spicing is gentle and comforting.
Wine education – pruning after hail damage
A short localised hail storm can wipe out a year’s harvest in 15 minutes. As the hailstones batter the vines, the foliage is stripped off.
Wine education. Keeping things sweet – chaptalisation
As the grapes for the 2021 harvest come in, thoughts turn to the subject of chaptalisation. Have you any idea what it is?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – smoked trout with creamed avocado & dill
A really delicious starter (appetizer) or light lunch that looks as pretty as a picture on the plate. Sound like a lot of work? No, it’s not.
Loire harvest 2021 – monitoring fermentations in the winery
Walk into any cellar in the Loire valley during harvest time and the chances are you’ll see wooden barrels with lots of chalk scribbles on the side.
First day of harvest in the Vouvray appellation – 23 September 2021
All systems go here in the Vouvray appellation today as the 2021 harvest kicks off.
To pick or not to pick? That is the question.
The ban de vendanges is set for Thursday 24th September here in the Vouvray appellation. That means; from the 24th, growers can pick grapes.