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Fizz is not just champagne. Look further for some great fizzies

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Did you see the article by  Jilly Golden about how we use the wrong champagne glass. Champagne why Champagne. Its not exclusive to Champagne its about sparkling wine in general and I would have thought that she would have understood that but maybe she’s been clobbered by the champagne houses to do the article and get her payment for the article from them or to put it correctly the big businesses behind the champagne houses. What a great pity. Shame on you Jilly. You’ve missed a trick. Most champagne is pretty bland and boring and if you take the trouble to look at it without any influence I’d hazard a guess that most people would buy by taste or price and unfortunately neither fits the champagne label. Have you seen the ground in champagne. Do they think about the environment. No its all about money.

I suggest you come my way Jilly and I can show you something better on the palate and in the pocket.

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Dry Manhattan

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No 69 in our list of cocktail recipes:

DRY MAHATTAN

So for two lovelies

ice cubes

3 measures Canadian whisky

1 1/2 measures dry vermouth

3 dashes Angostura bitters

2 olives

2 knots of lemon peel

Stir ice with whisky, vermouth and bitters. Strain into two Martini glasses. Spear olives with cocktail pick for each glass and balance on edge of each glass. Add knot of lemon peel in each glass.

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Mixed Domaine WinesMixed Case no 3

Domaine du Vieux Pressoir

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Our christmas wine list will be published shortly on the website. We will be doing some same estate mixed cases as well as a variety of wines to suit your christmas fare. So loads of reds for the roast beef, whites for the turkey. These will be nicely structured to go with the flavours of the turkey and of course all the trimmings. Have a look at our website in the next few weeks. www.gfwine.co.uk

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Valencay AOP

Domaine des Moreaux

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You may not know of appellation in the Loire valley in the Touraine wine area called Valencay. It in the South East corner.

There are a multitude of grape varieties grown here.  Domaine de Moreaux located in Lye on the Cher  river a tributary of the Loire grows  Gamay, Malbec , Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Pineau d’Aunis and all of these are blends to make the classic rose wine. I tasted the 2013.  It is fermented under temperature control to bring out the fresh fruitiness of the wine. The colour is blush and the nose a powerful burst of citrus fruits with a slight pepperiness.  It’s fresh on the palate ie dry so a subtle fruit burst. I drunk it with a chacuterie and cheeses, and you can drink it also with fish and grilled meats. It’s a summer wine really so serve between 8 and 10 ° C with a BBQ.
Cheers.

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La Croix Blanche Anjou Villages AOC

Chateau de Brossay

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La Croix Blanche Anjou Villages AOC
Was £11.70 per bottle

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A rich and rounded wine with notes of red fruits and black cherries. Goes great with  cheese and red meats with a flavoured sauce. Said to be a favourite appellation of Jancis Robinson. A wine aged over 12 months in the old cellars of the chateau to develop and smooth out the tannins.

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Biodynamic calendar

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Its a pretty bad week for finding the moment to open a good bottle of wine. Indeed you will have to wait until 5pm on Friday for a flower period. Saturday is also flower so why not plump for a bottle of Chateau de Brossay Anjou village AOP  Its a  rich and rounded wine with notes of red fruits and black cherries and goes great with a cheese and red meats with a flavoured sauce. Its said to be a favourite appellation of Jancis Robinson. A wine aged over 12 months in the old cellars of the chateau to develop and smooth out the tannins.

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Cheers.

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A spraying machine used on vines

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Are you aware of the chemicals that lurk in your food and drink? I’m not or at least not in my food although I do try to buy fresh and not buy processed food. I also try to buy food with known provenance, ie directly or as directly a possible from the person that has grown or made the food. What about drink? It’s more difficult in general but there are ways of buying wine in the UK for example  that allows you to learn about the provenance of the wine. Did you know that deadly chemicals are sprayed on vines including the very grapes that are then turned into wine when harvested? In the European Union as long the wine is sold within the limits of Maximum Residual Levels (MRL) it is acceptable.

“Grapes are among the most contaminated food products on sale in the EU and receive a higher dose of synthetic pesticides than almost any other crop,” argues the Pesticide Action Network  in a report analysing pesticide residues in wine.

The study covered 40 bottles of wine – 34 conventional and six organic ones – purchased inside the EU. According to the results, the 34 bottles of conventional wine together contained 148 pesticide residues. All 34 bottles contained from one to ten pesticides, bringing the average per bottle to more than four. Of the six bottles of organic wine tested, one sample contained a low concentration of a possibly carcinogenic pesticide.

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gfwineblog – cocktails

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Bourbon Mint Julip

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No 68 in our cocktail recipes:

BOURBON MINT JULEP

ice cubes

6 sprigs mint

2 measures Bourbon

4 teaspoons sugar

1 dash brandy or dark rum

2 slices of lemon

Mix bourbon, 4 sprigs of mint and sugar in a small glass. Pour into two glasses filled with ice cubes and stir until outside of glasses become frosted. Top up with dash of dark rum or brandy. Garnish with remaining sprigs of mint and slice of lemon in each glass. Serve with straws.

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We celebrated two birthdays at Couleur de Loire, a lovely wine bar in Montreuil Bellay in the Loire France. Its run by Veronique and Ondine and they do a simple but delicious lunch of charcuterie and fromage with some great wines including those of Domaine de la  Fuye which is run by Veronique and her husband Philip.  Anyway back to birthdays. Our good friends Nicki and Gordon have  birthdays 2 days apart so what better way than to celebrate on the day inbetween. We enjoyed the domaine sparkling pink made interestingly from Cabernet Franc, Chenin blanc and Chardonnay. Its a very fresh wine with a softness for easy drinking on a day such as today; sunny and warm. Our charcuterie was accompanied by the domaine Saumur Blanc and the cheese with the domaine Saumur Rouge. Both excellent examples of the Saumur appellation. The white with some structure for the assorted meats and the red a 2011 vintage with lovely smooth tannins with those creamy cheeses.

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Our HY van

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And here she is our very own transport at last. The HY has arrived in our local garage to be repaired and to have an MOT or in France its called a Controle Technique. The start of a long and happy relationship we hope!

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