Articles from: March 2013

Graingers wine blog – biodynamic calendar

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Graingers wine blog. My wine blog today is our weekly biodynamic calendar. This gives you the best days when wine tastes best.

I’m afraid Easter bank holiday monday is not a good day as its leaf. Tuesay and Wednesday are both fruit days so open a good bottle of wine. Thursday and Friday are both root days so skip it and wait to a weekend with both Saturday and Sunday as flower days. So not too bad. They say don’t drink for two days a week so maybe Thursday and Friday you could take a rest day from the booze.

Wine blog ing is fun with Graingers wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene.

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Graingers wine blog – weekly facts

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Graingers wine blog today is a weekly fact.

During the fermentation of red wine the grape solids in the vat tend to be pushed up to the top of the vat. The french term Pigeage is used to describe the action of punching or pushing down these solids into the juice to stop it drying up and going mouldy and to encourage the extraction of colour and tannins from the skins.  These solids can be punched down with your feet  or with wooden paddles or in very modern wineries with special devices attached to the vats. It occurs frequently during the period that the skins are kept in the vats during fermentation. After this the solids then sink to the bottom of the vat and removed after the clear juice is run off into another vat.

Wine blog ing is fun.

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Graingers wine blog – crap wine

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Graingers wine blog today is all about the state of wine that is sold in some establishments now. The photo is an example of a wine sold in a multi pub chain that sells this Australian plonk as a white house wine. It is vile. Horrible. discusting stuff. It really tastes nothing like wine but of some cheap juice drink. Why would Australia want to put its name on the bottle.  I tell you something this will kill the Australian wine industry as did the quality of  wine in the old world years back. Now the tide is turning very fast. Old world wines are now great quality in the main even the IGP wines. Unfortunately France also has a problem too because again some of its branded wines are really awful.  It should ban this stuff and stick to making good quality value for money wines.

This is an example of the how low we have gone in this country with the quality of life. be it wine. food. clothes. Whatever. Its 5.5% because the duty on a wine above 5.5% is over twice that of this wine. Now the duty is £2.00 on a bottle between 5.6% and 15% whereas its 85p up to 5,5%. Please please don’t stoop so low people. Do you know the guy behind the bar told me not to buy the house white because everyone said it was crap and complained. And he’s the one person who should be trying to sell it. What does that say. I won’t show the bottle of red on offer as its a very well known brand. Its also truely horrible. People stand up and be counted. Do you really drink this muck! Tell your local pub, bar restaurant to give you a decent glass of house wine at least.

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Graingers wine blog – Weekly cocktails

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My wine blog today thursday is cocktails. I can’t believe its Thursday again so soon. Its been a hectic week. I tried some terrible terrible wine yesterday. They call it wine!!!

No 8 of our cocktail reviews on a Thursday. Ready for that Friday night go go go.

Today our cocktail is called Ampiainen.

This is another classic from the great Combier Distillery in Saumur France. They make some amazing ingredients so let me know if you are looking to grab some and I’ll help you out. A bit of history. The distillery was built by Eiffel the tower guy. You know the big tall thing in Paris.

Ingredients:

1/2 Vodka

1/3 Combier Creme de Banane

Ginger Ale

Method:

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the creme de Banane and vodka, fill up with ginger ale and stir.

Have a wizzy weekend.

Wine blog ing is fun. Enjoy.

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

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Wine Blog – weekly wine review

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In my wine blog today is our weekly wine review.

Guide no 13 of my review of all the wines on our wine list at www.gfwine.co.uk  Our list covers most of the wine regions of France and so you should have no trouble in finding a wine to suit your palate.

This week we are back in France.  Our wine review of the week is a wine from Chateau Abbaye des Monges. ‘Esprit de Vin’ blanc is a VDP Cotes de Thongue white wine.

The Baron de Chefdebien’s vineyards are situated at Puissalicon in the Herault  department and the site of an historic Roman villa. This domaine has been in the Chefdebien family for more than a century. At present Paul Chefdebien great grandson of the founder of the Chateau is in charge of the estate.

The chateau Abbaye des Monges snuggles up against the western foothills of the Clape massif near Narbonne and was built during the Gallo – Roman times. In 1204 a female Cistercian order was created and the Monges Abbaye became one of the rare Cistercian Abbaye for women in Languedoc. Dating from 1204 the Abbaye chapel is still present on the estate.

The region of Saint Pierre de Serjac is made of clay and limestone which is very favourable to the red vines of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Syrah and the marl soils favour the white vines or Chardonnay, Vermentino and Muscat.

Abbaye des Monges consists of 30 hectares of lime clay sandy soils with pebbles. The micro climate of the Clape Massif brings a maximum of sunshine and the proximity of the sea with its morning fog is favourable in the ripening of the grapes.

This white wine of ‘Esprit de vin’ comes from the Domaine Saint Pierre de Serjac and is fresh and fruity. The wine from Abbaye des Monges are typical of the area giving fine mineral aromas to the whites and aromas of black fruit and tannin with a balanced palate to the mouth.

This is a simple light yet elegant wine made from 95% Vermentino and 5% Muscat Petit Grain. Fragrant, a tad musky, maybe from a small amount of the Muscat. It coats the palate with voluptuous fat. The follow through is elegant and very good throughout the finish.  It goes great  as an aperitif on its own, or with seafood especially oysters.

Wine blog ing is fun. Please enjoy.

Cheers.

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Wine Blog – Weekly updates

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My wine blog today is about our trip back to Manoir de Gourin was very productive and we enjoyed some good weather. This allowed us to start planting the Potager (kitchen garden) and to prune the fruit trees and do some training onto the wires. We also reduced the Lime tree in the rear garden by some amount as it was casting too much shade onto the garden. We have even put in some fruit trees to start off our orchard area where we will put some loungers and our new bbq for our summer wine tour and self catering guests to enjoy the seclusion and the view over to the historic town of Puy Notre Dame.

It was not all work however. We enjoyed a pleasant sunday afternoon in the company of  other guests at a wine event at our local vineyard. We met old friends and new friends over a few glasses of Saumur Blanc and Saumur Brut with some tasty home cooking made by Brigitte van den Boom. We even had a local musician playing some traditinal french songs. Great.

We had a relaxing evening with old friends over a game of Maj Jong followed by supper last week at Manoir with some Burgundy red wine from Rully and Mercurey and our old favourite a sparkling sweet rosé with dessert of panacotta.

We are now back in UK and busy with selling our wines. Its off to Canterbury tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Wine blogging is fun. Cheers.

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Wine Blog – Weekly wine offer

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Our weekly wine offer this week is a Languedoc wine from Abbaye des Monges. It is from the appellation La Clape Coteaux du Languedoc. The winemaker is  Paul Chefdebien great-greatgrandson of the founder of the Chateau.
The Chateau Abbaye des Monges, snuggles against the western foothills of the Clape massif, near Narbonne, was built during the Gallo-Roman times. In 1204 a female Cistercian order was created and the Monges Abbaye became one of the rare Cistercian Abbaye for women in Languedoc. Dating from 1204, the Abbaye Chapel from that era is still present.

The wine is on offer at £8.99 reduced from £9.50.  A cracker. A still white wine made from 70% Bourboulenc, 20% Roussane, 10% Rolle (Vermentino) grapes. The wine is vinified slowly under temperature control and allowed to develop on the lees. This is a crisp, well-structured and round, with aromas of citrus and floral scent with that touch of plants. Serve at 13°C with seafood, shellfish, and fish with a creamy sauce.

For our weekly wine offer  go to www.gfwine.co.uk to order.

Cheers.

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Wine Blog – biodynamic calendar

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I just had a glass of Puy Notre Dame appellation 2009. What a revelation. So fruity. Deep compoted cherries. it has to be a fruit day and yes it is.

Next week is not a good one for having a glass of wine. Apart from two periods on tuesday early morning and thursday morning its mostly  a root week so don’t bother yourself with a good bottle of wine.

Never mind next week is looking up so hang on in there.

Cheers.

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http://www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk/  Our wholesale wine shop

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

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Wine Blog – Weekly facts

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Malolactic fermentation (or sometimes malolactic conversion or MLF) is a process in winemaking where tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid. Malolactic fermentation tends to create a rounder, fuller mouthfeel. It has been said that malic acid tastes of green apples. By contrast, lactic acid is richer and more buttery tasting. Grapes produced in cool regions tend to be high in acidity much of which comes from the contribution of malic acid. MLF is also thought to generally enhance the body and flavour persistence of wine, producing wines of greater palate softness and roundness. Many winemakers also feel that better integration of fruit and oak character can be achieved if MLF occurs during the time the wine is in barrel.

MLF usually occurs shortly after the end of the primary fermentation. It is undertaken by the family of lactic acid bacteria (LAB); oenicoccus oeni and various species of lactobacillus and pediococcus. The primary function of all these bacteria is to convert one of the two major grape acids found in wine called L- malic acid, to another type of acid, L+ lactic acid. The onset of MLF in the bottle is disastrous as the wine will appear to the consumer to still be fermenting (as a result of CO2 being produced). The wine may also lose its fruit integrity and take on the unpleasant lactic aroma of cured meats.

Malolactic conversion is accomplished by lactic acid bacteria (such as Oenococcus oeni), which consume malic acid to liberate energy. This can occur naturally. However, in commercial winemaking, malolactic conversion typically is initiated by an inoculation of desirable bacteria. This prevents undesirable bacterial strains from producing off flavors. Conversely, commercial winemakers actively prevent malolactic conversion when it is not desired, to prevent accidental initiation and maintain a more tart or acidic profile in the finished wine. Chemically, malolactic fermentation is a decarboxylation which means carbon dioxide is liberated in the process. Because it consumes malic acid, which is present at the time the grapes are crushed, malolactic conversion can take place at any time during or after alcoholic fermentation. A wine undergoing malolactic conversion will be cloudy due to the presence of bacteria, and may have the curious smell of buttered popcorn due to the production of diacetyl.

Cheers.

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http://www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk/  Our wholesale wine shop

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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

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

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Wine Blog – Mah jong

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A great evening with our friends playing Mah jong. Have you ever played? Its a Chinese game played with ‘Tiles’ which are blocks made, in my case, of teak wood but normally with bamboo and bone or now with plastic. Its rather like playing cards but with tiles. Our friends were new to the game so it was fun teaching them to say ‘Chow’ or ‘Pung’ or ‘Kung’ when completing a set, and Mah jong when winning.  Why not have a go yourself.

Our evening included a dinner of Rochefort chessecake with pear and vinigrette dressing as the starter with a Rully AOC red Pinot Noir just big enough to take the tartness. Main course was a chilli with rice and salsa. With this we followed the theme of Burgundy with a Mercurey AOC again just powerful enough. Cheese was followed by a panacotta with blackcurrant coulee from the potager last year. Yummy. With this we had our favourite sweet wine a Methode Ancestrale sparkling rosé. Very peachy and intense to counter the blackcurrant.

What a lovely evening.

Cheers.

Our websites

http://www.loirewinetours.com/  Our wine tours

http://www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/  Our self catering holidays

http://www.gfwine.co.uk/   Our retail wine shop

http://www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk/   Our wine club

http://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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