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gfwineblog – busy busy

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Izumi and Makiko on the private balcony of Gratien and Meyer wine house overlooking the Loire river

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September and October are a busy time for wine tours when we get many guests from the southern hemisphere and the Far East. So over the last few weeks we have had guests from New Zealand, Japan and Australia. Makiko and Izumi are work colleagues from Tokyo. They are on a tour along the Loire Valley stopping off at Ambroise, Tours, Saumur and Angers. We took them on a not to be forgotten wine tour around the Saumur appellation taking in wine also from St Nicolas de Bourgueil and Chinon. A good grounding for guests wanting to learn about the wines of the central Loire region between Angers and Tours.

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gfwineblog – Guests from New Zealand

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tasting with our sommelier Thierry

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The joy of wine touring with guests is getting to know how much they may know about wine. Usually it is not a great deal but our four guests Marge, John, Rose and Mark were all quite knowledgeable particularly Marge who was taking a wine course. We arranged a wine tasting dinner for our guests and asked our local sommelier Thierry to select and match the wines with the dinner menu.

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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

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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gfwineblog – Tour tomorrow

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Tomorrow we set forth from Saumur to sample the delights of the sparkling wines around the town and then we venture east along the south bank of the Loire to Montsoreau. Here, after lunch , we visit the village appellation of Saumur Champigny which covers an area of land from Saumur to Montsoreau on the south bank and inland to the forest of Fontevraud. This is a red appellation only with the predominant grape Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d’Aunis grapes can also be used up to 20% of the total blend.

We then return back  for a further visit to Saumur and this time to the west side of the town where there are four big sparkling wine houses. It will be busy and should be fun with our guests from Japan.

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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

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

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

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gfwineblog – Top wines

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Chateau la Lagune Haut Medoc 1995

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We are fortunate here to have a friend who has a top cellar with some excellent wines from Bordeaux. At our last visit to enjoy an evening of Mah Jong Hakan our host produced some stunning wines. First in the trap was a Chateau la Lagune Haut Medoc 1995.

 

 

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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

gfwineblog – the vendange

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the white chenin blanc of central loire valley

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The grape harvest has commenced here in the Loire valley. Its later than normal as the weather was so awful early on in the year. The grapes were slow in maturing and after flowering the weather was still cold until we got into July. With some real sunny weather over the past couple of months we have got to the point where the chardonnay and chenin for the sparkling are ready for picking. Potential alcohol of around 11%.  Its all hands on deck for the hand picking for the Cremant de Loire and the machines are busy with the harvest for the Saumur Brut. We were up at Chateau Brossay where they are busy with the chardonnay for the Cremant. So far fingers crossed we should be in for a good harvest. The main harvest for whites will them start followed by the cabernet franc for the reds.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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

gfwineblog – the red dinner 3

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more guests Nicki, Clive, Emma, Steve and Gordon

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Here’s more pics of the guests at the red dinner. It was a great evening. Thanks Pierre and Brigitte.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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

gfwineblog – the red dinner 2

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John, Lawman and the handsome one on the right (me)

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Francoise, Maggi and the beautiful Karin

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Our hosts Pierre on the left and Brigitte fourth from the left

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Here are some more photos of our red dinner. Great hilarity and some sore heads I do believe. Unfortunately no evidence of the star turn of the night by Lawman and my good self!

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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

gfwineblog – the red dinner

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In the cave with Corontin serving the punch

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the cabaret

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Now then you lot why did you miss the unmissable at Domaine de L’Enchantoir. The red dinner was an absolute triumph. The organisation by Pierre and Brigitte van den Boom in the caves and the function room, the food and the entertainment were beyond. We had a red wine punch with Brigitte’s nibbles (no not nipples – that was yesterday) and the first part of the entertainment by the caberet ‘Le vin, c’est beaucoupplus que le vin’ in the caves all lit up by candles so a great atmosphere. Then to the function room for the red dinner. A first course of Brigitte’s red pate with a classic Saumur rouge, a main of red Beouf á la  Bourguignon with the Saumur Puy Notre Dame and cheese (red of course) with the oak aged Clos de Petit Chavannes. Sweet was pears in a red  wine jus with the red VMQ Amarante sparkling cabernet franc. Delicious Pierre and Brigitte. The cabaret continued and interspersed we had turns from Peter and I with some Rabelais (wine related of course), Jacques and Francoise (a song), Peter and I with the Chevalier song, Peter and Maggi with the classic hole in my bucket! It was epic.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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

gfwineblog – nipples

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the nipples in pairs providing support

 

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a detailed closeup of a nipple

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Yes I said that I would tell you all about the new venture that ten entrepreneurs have invested some much thought into. The nipple. Go to www.nipples.com.  This is a device that is used in France for placing over lettuces as they mature. We think it’s to stop the upward growth to maintain a flat lettuce shape – so no bolting upwards. The pics show the said nipple placed over the lettuce. A great idea I do believe. Anyone want to invest?

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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

gfwineblog – mahjonging again

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The teams at the pre-session conference lubricating the brain cells!

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Its a joy when we descend upon the Swede’s house for our Mah jong session because Hakan has an extensive cellar of top notch wines that he has collected over the time he was in the Swedish diplomatic corp all over the world. So with a lovely summery evening before us we had our aperitif – as is the norm in this part of France we partook in a glass or three of Cremant de Loire  – with Karin’s delicious cheesy scones around the swimming pool. Cremant is so so much better than champagne. So much more on the palate – why drink champagne at around 25 euros which to me does not taste of anything particular when for around 8 euros you can have a jolly good Cremant. It does not make sense.

We moved to the lovely manoir and played our Mah Jong in the salon. It seemed after the first two games that the Karinliz team would conquer all but the men turned it around with a win each for the Hakanroy and Lawmansiman teams. The Catharinamaggie team failed to win.

I’ll talk separately about the dinner because of the extremely good wines provided by Hakan. We had four top wines.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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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