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Biodynamic Calendar week commencing 31 August

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A funny week this week to come. We enter September with the vendange imminent so a fruit day is needed to pick the berries. Probably its a little early except that the sparkling is picked so a 10 to 11% is about right. Monday and Tuesday are both leaf days so the biodynamic vigneron will be removing leaves around the bunches of berries. Wednesday and Thursday are both fruit so maybe that will trigger a harvest. Friday and Saturday are root so no good for that good bottle of wine. Do not worry. Both Saturday and Sunday evenings are good for a decent wine. Why not try our Manoir de Mercey Hautes Cote de Beaune cuvée Au Paradis. A must with some new season lamb.

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.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

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The white berries nearly ready for picking for the 2015 harvest

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With all the lovely warm sunny weather we have experienced over the summer months the vendange of 2015 will be earlier than last year by around three weeks. We have had a dry sunny June, July and most of August although the last week has been wet and windy with quite an amount of rain. With all the dry weather the winemakers have been wanting some rain to help plump out the berries which have been small with little juice. So indeed their prayers have been answered with this wet spell. There is still some weeks to go before the main harvest but I reckon we will see the first picking of the berries for the sparkling wine in about a week’s time. I tasted and measured the potential alcohol of some Chardonnay berries in Anjou  country on Thursday and these showed a figure of around 9.5 degrees so not far to go before they reach a decent level.Hopefully if the weather stays relatively dry and sunny then we should be getting a decent vintage this year.

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.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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K officially opening the new stairs to the studio apartment

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Amongst all the turmoil of the wind during the beginning of the week, Manoir de Gourin managed to stage the event of opening the stairs to the studio apartment. A momentous occasion as its taken so long to get there! Karin at last managed to have a look at my progress in the apartment and was suitably impressed with progress. I think! Hopefully we will have the apartment up and running ready for the new season next year. All being well.

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

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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

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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

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Chateau de Brossay Anjou

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A rather dull and wet day to take our wine tour guests out and about to Anjou country in the Loire valley but an enthusiastic interest in the wines of the Loire from Frances and Andy. Our talk in the wine room took a little longer than the norm because they had a real interest. We talked and discussed the real issues of wine; mostly about the natural and best way of making wine. Learning that wines contain sometimes deadly chemicals, that they are made in a manufacturing process to  a large extent and that most people know nothing about the wine in the bottle. They buy by label and price. What stupidity. We should be concerned about what we eat and drink. Retail sellers of wine in the main have little knowledge of the wine making process and what winemakers get up to and how they affect the environment by spraying the vines and the ground with chemicals. One such supermarket in UK for example buys from a producer that sprays its vineyards with weedkiller that makes the landscape more lunar than mother Earth. Lets think a little more about buying our wine.

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

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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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Dinner for Karin, Annette and Keith, Helen and Hugh, Jenny and Les (again) at Manoir de Gourin

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Yes what about an evening around the dining room table at Manoir de Gourin. A lovely setting for six guests to enjoy the home cooking of Karin. She uses the very best that our potager can deliver. So tonight along with some classic wines of the Loire valley around Saumur we had a starter of stuffed peppers with our garden cherry tomatoes, chicken a la lemon confit as prepared by Karin with a potato, bean, tomato and onion dish all from our garden, cheeses and Karin’s choc dessert with garden raspberries ( yes still they come after our first picking in June). So Saumur classic rouge from single varietal cabernet franc, Saumur blanc from single varietal chenin blanc. Yes we were in heaven on all counts.

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Cheers.

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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

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Destruction at Manoir de Gourin

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A big vent yesterday was rather destructive on our property. We lost part of our eucalyptus tree with a large trunk keeling over into the garden apartment. Not only that but the gazebo took off or tried to take off and it was torn apart. The fence on our boundary split asunder and we had a number of pots fall and break. The pool suffered an influx of debris. All in all a not so good day.

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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

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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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The red dinner at Domaine de l’Enchantoir

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The big day is rapidly approaching everyone. Saturday 19th September. The enormously popular Red Dinner at Domaine de L’Enchantoir in the Loire valley near Saumur. It really is an event not to be missed. This year the entertainment is shared between a great Jazz band called the Papa Stompers with the best washboard man on the planet. The other half of the entertainment is by some of the friends of Enchantoir who will be doing some turns and generally making the evening a fun event. We will start in the caves with an aperitif and a ghost story. Then everyone move up to the function room for the dinner and entertainment. If you would like to book your ticket then email Brigitte at domaine.enchantoir@gmail.com. It should not be missed.

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

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

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The last week of August gives us a two way split for opening a good bottle of wine. Monday is a leaf day so that’s no good. Tuesday and Wednesday are both fruit days so lets see what I can offer you. Why not think summer (just) and go for a bottle of light red that will pair with all sorts of food. Certainly with a BBQ of chicken or lamb or even fish. The wine I recommend is from the Loire valley Domaine de L’Enchantoir classic Saumur rouge as in this part of France the tradition is light and fruity wines. Forget Thursday and Friday as these are root days. The week end is flower so great lets look at a good wine. Sticking with the Loire valley theme why not try our Domaine de la Vieux Pressoir Saumur Puy Notre Dame appellation. All black fruits compoted and luxious. Its a must with a nice juicy steak. Yum.

Cheers.

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.

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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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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Chris, Catherine, Oliver, Susan, Karin, Martin, Kate, Martin and Allyson on the terrace at Manoir de Gourin

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Let’s play around everyone and enjoy the moment and the occasion. Our jolly guests played a lovely time and enjoyed the company with a dinner on the terrace at Manoir de Gourin.  Eight hungry people dug into the dinner with gusto and put some effort into the wines which accompanied the dinner. A very enjoyable demi-sec aperitif red mousseux cabernet franc from our favourite organic wine maker. Yes organic. Dinner was served with white Saumur blanc Chenin, a Loire Rose de Loire sec appellation, and a Saumur rouge classic organic again cabernet franc. Nice and light with our starter of pepper and tomato grill, chicken main and cheese course so fits perfectly well with all three courses. Hey lets get going people.

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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Lurking amongst the troglodytes was our group of wine guests learning about the ageing of wines here in the Loire valley where it’s not about new oak barrels and oakey flavours as the wine develops but more about the development of the tannins ie the flavours in the wine itself. We are not looking for big oak but more the softening of the tannins of that cabernet franc grape which can be harsh if not allowed to be softened by the ageing and the interaction of oxygen with the wine through the barrel. Yes half the battle is the ripening and the optimum time for picking so that the tannins are sure to be ripe but then you need to develop the structure of the wine through the process of ageing in barrels or vats. Better that the container is big in terms of volume or has that ability of exchange of oxygen through a barrel. It does really make a great deal of difference. Time is a very big plus when making wine. You need he time before bottling.

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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