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gfwineblog – cocktail day

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No 25 in our cocktail recipes. Sputnik

for one:

1 measure of vodka

1 measure of single cream

1 tsp maraschino liqueur

ice

maraschino cherry to dress

Shake all the liquid ingredients over ice and strain into a glass

Dress with a cherry supported on two or more crossed cocktail sticks

Here’s to you.

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gfwineblog – wine review

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In Grainger’s wine blog today is our weekly wine review. Guide no 26 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. Todays review on Grainger’s wine blog is a wine from the  region of the Loire in France. Our wine review of the week is a wine from Chateau de Brossay.    The wine is a Sauvignon Blanc from the Anjou appellation area so it is only allowed an IGP classification. Its a cracking wine from 2012.

Chateau de Brossay produces wines within a number of appellations covering the domaine. The principal wines are made in the Anjou AOC: Anjou Rouge from the single varietal Cabernet Franc grape and Anjou Blanc from the single varietal Chenin Blanc. Hubert also makes an Anjou Villages Rouge wine also from the Cabernet Franc grape but which, due to the longer fermentation process and aging in oak is fuller bodied than Anjou.

Other grape varieties grown on the domaine are Grolleau and Gamay used in the production of the dry Rosé de Loire and Chardonnay used for the sparkling Cremant de Loire. Hubert’s range of wines includes a non AOC Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc.

The estate is family owned and run by two brothers Hubert and Raymond Deffois. Hubert is responsible for the day to day running of the vineyards and the wine production. The Domaine is praised particularly for a range of sweet wines and a red sparkling wine.

Hubert’s real passion and expertise is in the production of sweet Coteaux du Layon wines.

The area along the Layon valley is very much the home of sweet wine in the Loire region and Hubert maximises this passion for the art of producing these wines. His repertoire includes the straight forward light sweets, the more intense wines made from the old vines (vieilles vignes) up to 65 years old, and the intense liquorice sweets where the grapes are picked fully developed from the noble rot. His gold medal awards from the Concours des Oenologues in 2008 and the Concours Interloire 2007 speak for his success.

The vineyard’s innovative and sparkling red wine, ‘le Cerisier’ mousseux rouge (non AOC) is a rare gem, delicious as an aperitif and with chocolate desserts and strawberries. It’s a true surprise and a rare treat for guests at any dinner party.

The production of red sparkling wine is relatively new in France and Hubert has been in the forefront of developing this style of wine. In France red sparkling remains outside the AOC system and this allows Hubert the freedom to extend the boundaries of style and flavour without the constraints of the AOC system. He uses Cabernet Franc, Grolleau rouge, and Gamay grape varieties to tease out the full mouth quenching fruits.

Wine:

AOC Rose de Loire  Rosé 2012

A dry, tender and soft still rosé wine made with 60% Grolleau, 30% Gamay and 10% Cabernet Franc grapes. A mouthful of soft fruits with the nuances of a well-crafted wine. Serve at 7-9°C as an aperitif during the hot summer months, or with salads and a barbeque. A fun drink to be enjoyed in good company. 12% 75cl

 

 

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gfwineblog – 2013 vintage Loire valley

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chenin blanc the white grape for Coteaux de Saumur, and Coteaux de Layon appellations

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Well the grape harvest has finished in the Loire valley for all but the sweet wines which need to develop, now that they have reached maturity, the noble rot phase which will concentrate the sugars in the berries. At Domaine de L’Enchantoir they finished picking the main crops of Chenin and Cabernet Franc on 21 October. There remains some chenin on the vines which the winemaker Pierre is hopeful will develop. What he needs is the right weather conditions. SO far the weather has not been good with loads of rain. He needs warm drying conditions which will help the rot process until he gets to around 14 plus g/l. Lets pray for some good weather.

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gfwineblog – weekly wine offer

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gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar

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Here’s the update for the week ahead for all those looking for the best day to drink that special bottle of wine.

A great start to the week with a fruit day until Monday evening. Why not stay in whilst the storm rages outside, put your feet up, and enjoy a wonderfully delicious bottle of Touraine Sauvignon. The middle of the week is all root so no luck to slip in a good bottle during the week until…… Ah Friday and Saturday are both flower days so time to enjoy that bottle of wine you have been saving up since Monday. How about a Saumur Puy Notre Dame. Super. I hope you find a great bottle of wine. Why not try our wines at gfwine.co.uk  The Puy Notre Dame and Touraine are both available on the website.

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gfwineblog – American rootstock

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the red berries are from the root stock and the white from the variety grafted on in this case chenin blanc

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As you will know all vines are now grafted onto rootstock like most fruits are these days. For vines this is most important as the French vineyards were decimated in the mid 19th century by an aphid that originated in North America. It is fitting that the solution for the French was the grafting of vines onto American rootstock which was resistant to the Phylloxera. Here in the pic is example of grafting. The red and white grapes both come from the same vine. The red from the root itself with the stock producing shoots that have been allowed to grow and produce grapes. I’m not sure of the variety. The white grape is chenin blanc and this is from the plant above the graft. Intriguing what.

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gfwineblog – Saumur the sparkling capital

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loading the berries for transport to the Langlois Chateau sparkling wine house in Saumur

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Saumur in the central area of the lower Loire valley is the sparkling wine capital for the Loire. Here there are six international sparkling wine houses that make millions of bottles each year. Most of the wine houses do not have their own vineyards so they either buy in the grapes as bunches for the Cremant de Loire appellation as these are hand picked or as berries if machine picked for the Saumur mousseux appellation. Some houses buy in the juice as they do not have press facilities and the juice is immediately put into vats to ferment before blending. The main grapes for Saumur are Chenin, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. For the Cremant de Loire appellation the bunches have to be picked and transported in containers to minimise crushing as only the berries can be used so containers have holes for any juice to run off. The pic shows these containers being loaded from the vineyard for transport to the winery in Saumur.

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gfwineblog – cocktail day

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the black beauty

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No 24 in our cocktail recipes. The Black Beauty

For your ultimate Black Beauty use balck vodka.

2 measures of vodka

1 measure of black Sambuca

ice

black olive to dress

Stir the vodka and Sambuca with ice in a mixing glass until frosted.

Strain into an iced martini glass and add the olive.

Cheers.

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gfwineblog – the maj jongers enjoying dinner

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The mah jongers less Si Man, Lawman and the Magi (she the one that worships
Si man)

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Only seven members of the worldwide elite brigade of mah-jongers were present at dinner in Montreuil Bellay. Five in the pic plus Si Man the pic taker and the Black Dog lurking in the darkness outside. Creepy. Our two other members had exited eastwards prior to our rendezvous towards the deserts of Jordan to experience the joys of smoking a hookah pipe whilst in charge of a camel!

 

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du pape sg label

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In Grainger’s wine blog today is our weekly wine review. Guide no 25 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. Todays review on Grainger’s wine blog is a wine from the  region of Rhone in France. Our wine review of the week is a wine from Domaine de la Ronciere.    The wine is from the appellation  of  Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC. No not red but white!

Domaine de la Roncière

In the 14th century, the Popes settled in Avignon, in the corridor of the Rhône River and the Mistral wind, making of Châteauneuf-du-Pape their first wine for Holy Mass. The wine designation’s “terroir” enjoys the benefit of a wide variety of soil types and large pebbles, especially on red clay, which enable the grapes to attain very high levels of maturity.

The family domaine where three generations live together – grandfather, father and son – is made up of 11 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 10 hectares of Côtes du Rhône and 4 hectares of Vin de pays. The vineyard respects tradition. it is managed using sustainable farming methods, ploughed and enriched organically. Some of the parcels of vines have nearly reached a century in age, these old strains benefit from more careful handling, allowing the family to make exceptional wines. All the harvests are hand-picked at optimal maturity and the grapes are very selectively sorted on a table.

This enables the estate to offer a range of three Côtes du Rhône wines and four Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, all different so that each parcel expresses and unleashes its own personality. These are aged either in tank or oak barrel according to the wine.

 

AOC Chateauneuf du Pape  Blanc 2010

A white dry wine  made from 80% Grenache, 25% Clairette, 25% Bourboulenc grapes. The grapes and picked at maturity and pressed as bunches without crushing and fermented for 20 to 30 days. The wine si aged for one year in stainless steel vats at 18°C. The wine has aromas of candy and ripe fruit and on the palate a mineral smoky flavour with exotic fruit and citrus. Serve at 10°C with grilled fish, sea food and white meat.

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