What does an organic vineyard look like?
As we drive around the vineyards of Vouvray it’s easy to see who is respecting the environment and who is not.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – roasted guinea fowl
Guinea fowl (Pintade) is very popular in France. It has a slightly more gamey flavour than chicken but not quite as gamey as pheasant. It’s delicious!
The wisteria is coming out!
One of the signs of spring that we look out for is the beautiful wisteria that grows all over the Loire valley. It’s generally out in time for my birthday!
Close to budburst here in Vouvray
Vines in the region are weeping as they come out of dormancy. Baby vines are already at the wooly bud stage but more established and older vines are not.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – saucisse de Morteau with flageolet beans
Saucesse de Morteau (a delicious smoked sausage) is a protected product which means it must meet the strict regulations that surround its production.
What’s been going on in the vineyards in February?
Unprecedented temperatures in the Loire valley this past two weeks have had growers pruning in their shorts and dreading an early budburst. The older generation can’t remember a February when the temperatures have been this high for so long.
The van arrived with all our furniture this last Monday so it’s been all systems go this week unpacking boxes. It’s been like a lucky dip, rediscovering our things.
Feeling very old today! We showed pictures of our new home to friends and they mentioned that they liked the ‘tag’ on the wall
Happy New Year 2019!
Dear friends of Le Tasting Room. We wish you a very happy new year 2019, full of success and happiness, surrounded by the ones you love.
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in December?
You might think that not much goes on in the vineyard in December but in fact it can often be a busy month. There are lots of tasks that need to be tackled.