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The Grande Tablées du Saumur Champigny

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The big event for our local village appellation Saumur Champigny is coming up soon in Saumur on the Loire. It runs on two nights 5th and 6th August along the river in front of the town hall starting at 7.30pm. Extremely long tables are laid out in the open square at which everyone sits and drinks a special cuveé made for the event with grapes from each of the members of the appellation. You can buy your glass for 5€ and just drink the wine or buy your supper for 12€ including the wine. There’s loads of entertainment throughout the evening and well into the night. Worth experiencing.

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Peter, Sal and Maggi amongst the raspberries at Manoir de Gourin

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We’ve had an invasion of raspberry pickers to help with the crop. Peter, Maggi, Sal and John all came along to share in the spoils. Our local bees have excelled themselves. Thank you bees. Even the hot dry weather has not deminished the bountiful crop.  So far we have picked over 60lb and counting. Apart from enjoying fresh fruit for breakfast, Karin has been busy freezing,bottling, compoting, jamming and juicing. Any more ideas?

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

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Keith, Catherine, Carol, Mark, Karin, Sue, Steve, Karen and Russell at Manoir de Gourin

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Wine in anybody’s vocabulary is not just wine but natural wine and that’s what all our lovely guests enjoyed tonight with the most scruptious food prepared by Karin for our dinner guests. Red peppers stuffed with our own potager grown tomatoes with honey and garlic for the starter, K’s signature dish of chicken and her own preserved lemons, cheese, and then the star of the show her dessert a pavlova with our garden fruits. Wines were Saumur blanc chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc IGP Maine et Loire and that lovely rosé from the Medoc made from Cab franc grapes. An evening that finished late. Late.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

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Fran, Andy, Brigitte, Debbie and Craig enjoyed the real deal

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An odd day for wine touring as we had a busy week with some Americans, Australian and Brits all partaking in our wine tours. Anyway Debbie ad Craig and Andy and Fran enjoyed a jaunt on a vineyard visit with our champion Brigitte on Wednesday. Probably we all agree that this is the actuality of making wine. The grass roots of what is the proper way of doing it. The vineyard is looking good with all the warm dry weather we have had so far this summer. We just need it to continue and we will have a good vintage in 2015. Yes please.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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Biodynamic calendar 2015

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Here’s our week for drinking wine based on the biodynamic calendar. Go on you should try it. Wine can taste better on the right days and here is our guide to follow. We’ve given you some ideas on the wine to drink on the good days ie fruit and flower. Enjoy.

One of those weeks where its a bit hit and miss. The start of the week is all leaf and the end is all root. However in the middle we have some lovely fruit on Tuesday after 6pm, all day Wednesday and Thursday until 8pm. You will need to organise your week to open that good bottle of wine in the middle sometime. By good I mean natural and paired with the right food. Why nor try our Abbaye des Monges Augustine blanc made from a blend of 70% Bourboulenc, 20% Roussane, 10% Rolle (Vermentino). Its crisp well structured and round with aromas of citrus and floral scents. All you need to do is buy some lobster  and your wine will be transformed. The lobster tail can be cooked simply in foil with beer on the BBQ. Its delicious. Try it.

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Cheers.

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Cheers.

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www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

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Grand Prix Retro at Le Puy Notre-Dame 26 July

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Do not forget the premiere Grand Prix in the whole widey world in Le Puy Notre Dame, Loire valley, France  is tomorrow. There are the classic Bentley’s, MG’s, Bugatti’s, etc etc to titivate you petrol heads. So gather round and take in the fumes, exhaust sound and tyre squeal as it will be an exciting day’s racing round the streets of Puy ( Monaco is not a patch on this venue!). It all starts off at 10.30am. See you there folks.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

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www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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Meridan at Langlois Chateau

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Its a joy when you take someone on a wine tour who has been recommended to try the wines of the Loire. So it was with Meridan from Australia who is a fan of sparkling wine. Her friend had spoken about the sparkling wines of the Loire and how good they are compared with champagne. So she decided that she had to take up her friends suggestion and to embark on an odyssey to the centre of sparkling wine in Saumur. Good for her. We spent a very hectic 3 hours tasting 18 wines (I think as I lost count) in three of the big sparkling wine houses in Saumur. The first Gratien and Meyer, the second Langlois Chateau and the third Bouvet Ladubay. After our tasting the favourite by far was Langlois Chateau and Meridan confirmed her liking for the Saumur and Cremant wines with so much more structure and complexity compared with Champagne. She went away happy as larry as the saying goes. You all need to take note.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

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graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

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enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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Lousie and Larry at Chateau de Brissac

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A jolly jaunt with our american guests Louise and Larry the other day on a one day wine tour from Paris. We started our odyssey at Chateau de Brissac. Its an odd looking building. That’s because its in a perpetual state of change from fortress to chateau. You can see the junction between the two round towers on the front elevation and the mid section. Strange. Anyway we journeyed down to Saumur country to have lunch with the winemaker and his wife and to taste the estate wines over a five course lunch. Very pleasant and informative. A spell in the vineyard to talk about the farming side of wine, the wineroom and a run over to Saumur to taste some of the sparkling wines. 8 in all from the Saumur Brut and Cremant de Loire appellations. As I said a jolly jaunt and back to Angers to have some sups and the TGV back to Paris. Great fun.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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Who’s that man there?

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Life is about your friends and the relationship you enjoy with them. So tonight we enjoyed an evening with our friends at Gordon and Nicki’s BBQ evening. That’s Gordon pronouncing his presence to you all. What we do know is the level of Gordon’s wine choice. Lets just talk about the red from Philippe Gourdin his 253 Vin de France. Such an  extraordinary wine from a Puy Notre Dame wine producer at Chateau Tour Grise.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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The red squirrel of Manoir de Gourin

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Today we are in mourning. We mourn for our red squirrel at Manoir de Gourin. It has been part of our lives for the years we have been here and all our guests have witnessed the joy of watching a very enterprising animal up the pine tree dismantling the cones or in the hazel grove enjoying the nuts. It even frequented the front garden and enjoyed a romp up the Indian Bean tree outside our kitchen window. It seemed quite domesticated at times and ignored the presence of us humans. But no more. It followed its routine of crossing the road to our neighbours trees and was run over. May it rest in peace.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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