gfwineblog – cocktails

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Old fashioned

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No 63 in our cocktail recipes:

OLD FASHIONED

4 dashes of Angostura bitters

2 cubes sugar

ice cubes

2 measures rye or bourbon

2 twists lemon peel

2 maraschino cherries

Muddle bitters with sugar cube in old fashioned tumbler until sugar is dissolved. Add ice cubes and rye or bourbon. Twist lemon peel over drink to extract zest, drop in and garnish with cherries.

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gfwineblog – tasting

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Cliff, Sunita, Gordon, Pamela, Pierre, Brigitte, Sam, Jen, Jimi and Urszula enjoying a wet lunch

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Cor blimey the weather stayed warm and dry for a great day out in the Loire valley, France. And what a great crew from all parts of the globe. English, Dutch, Polish, New Zealanders and Americans. All on a tour of the lovely vineyards of the Loire valley. Super duper. A talk by the maestro of vine and wine knowledge yours truly at Manoir de Gourin, a lunch and tasting by our hosts Pierre and Brigitte and a big stroll through the  vines that now have berries that are in transition from green to red and green to golden. Whats called veraison. The ripening process. Into the wine room via the press, and then down into the depths of the underworld to see the wines ageing in old oak barrels. And finally a tasting of the classic white and oaked whites and reds. One heck of a journey i’d say.

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gfwineblog – updates

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Menetou-Salon appellation

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For a change a relaxing day out on Sunday and doing the french thing of lunching out on Sunday. We went to the  Restaurant Diane de Méridor in Montsoreau on the Loire mid way between Saumur and Chinon. A picturesque spot with a great atmosphere. Unfortunately not a good start. Our host had booked the restaurant in advance but when we arrived it seemed that they had not registered the booking and after a wait we were ushered up to the overflow room upstairs. Not the most atmospheric of rooms. Oh dear. Then we had to wait for the service and eventually we got the menu and an aperitif. You can’t complain when you are a guest but for the price its was not good. So from me its a no no for this restaurant. The food was ok. It was chefy and poncy and nothing more than good but not great. The chicken main looked the part but was bland. We had two bottles of white as we all had light meat dishes. The first was a Menetou Salon Sauvignon blanc. No more than good. The second was a chenin blanc from Domaine le pas st martin Jurassic and lovely fresh lively chenin.Superb.

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gfwineblog – update

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Sorry for a complete blank over the last week. That internet provider Orange let us down big time and we have had no internet for a week. Absolutely nothing. No phone and no internet. It went down on Tuesday last. We went to the orange shop in Saumur and were told we should telephone orange. How? we have no phone. What stupidity. We ring on our uk mobile at great expense. How much per minute? They say three days. That’s Thursday. Thursday comes no internet.  So on Friday we ask a friend locally to phone and then we are told it will be Saturday morning between 8 and 10am. 10am comes and goes. No internet. thanks orange. Another friend phones saturday pm and is told it will be fixed on saturday pm. It is not. Sunday passes no internet. On Monday we telephone again from our mobile at great expense and told it will be fixed between 1 and 6pm. Hey presto it is finally fixed by 6pm.

There’s no message of sorry or apology or any support or offer of recompense. Silence. Thanks orange. You are a wonderful company.

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

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gfwineblog – weekly wine offer

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Domaine de la Saugourde

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SPECIAL OFFER

Anjou Rouge
Was £8.99 per bottle

NOW £5.00 per bottle

Subtle aromas of iris and violet with a taste of red fruits. Drink with roasted chicken or other light meat.

One of our favourite easy drinking reds and it’s good served chilled too.

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gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar


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Biodynamic calendar

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Forget the first half of the week. Monday and Tuesday are a root day and no good for a decent bottle. However please wait until Wednesday when there is a flower day so lets go for a great bottle of white from the Loire valley. A Touraine Sauvignon blanc. Dynamic and deep in flavour most definitely better than a Sancerre. I’m drinking 2009 at the present and it fills the room with wonderful floral notes and very intense on the palette. The wine comes from Vignoble Gibault. You must try it if you are a sauvignon fan. There is a blip on Friday after 5pm until Saturday at 8pm but thereafter enjoy a good bottle on Saturday night and Sunday.

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Cheers.

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gfwineblog – updates on Loire valley 2014 vintage

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cabernet franc grapes

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The progress of the 2014 vintage here in central Loire started well with a mild dry winter which allowed early development and a good formation of the buds. Progress was good with normal weather conditions and in June a good dry flowering period. In July we had some mixed weather and this has continued into August.   The conditions have recently been quite damp with heavy rain storms. You can always tell if the weather is too damp when the tomatoes start to show  the ravages of blight as this year has shown us. We need some good warm dry weather now to help development and ripening without rot.

Watch this space.

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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

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gfwineblog – quotations

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Noel Coward

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A quotation from Noel Coward:

“I’m not a heavy drinker; I can sometimes go for hours without touching a drop.”

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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

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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

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A little competition tonight with our 11 guests to decide upon the tastings of cabernet franc. We decided to consider the 2009, 2011 and 2012 vintages of Saumur rouge. The 2012 was probably a little early as it had only just been bottled so it was somewhat disturbed with filtration, pumping and bottling. Anyway the consensus was that the 2011 was by far the most accomplished and complex. The 2009 Saumur Village appellation we have currently still has some mileage and will keep for some time yet.

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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

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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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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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gfwineblog – tasting

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Domaine de L’Enchantoir

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Part of the enjoyment when it comes to tasting wine is the background to the wine. Do you know that wine has potentially loads of chemicals at low levels in the wine. No then delve into the chemicals allowed in say Australia. Deadly chemicals that you will injest when drinking the wine. No thanks. Stick to natural wine ie wine that has just been made with no added chemicals just using the sugar and yeast of the grape. Such a wine is that of Enchantoir. The Saumur Rouge classic 2011 is a sublime wine of extreme excellence. Probably  a wine of the saumur appellation that surpasses every wine in the appellation. Delicious is the only way to describe it.

Wine blogging is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Our websites

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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

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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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