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gfwineblog – The New Year

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New year 2014

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Here’s to a happy and prosperous New Year to all our blog followers. We have gained many over the last year and thank you for taking you time to log on and follow our goings on!

If you are looking for something that you would like us to include or suggestions please let me know and I’ll do my best to include it in the blog. We hope to do more blogs from our estates over the year during the progress of the vines and the wine and we will be meeting some of our winemakers in London on the 14th January to start the process. I let you know more in the coming days about the event.

In the meantime keep following.

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

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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

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

gfwineblog – weekly wine offer

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Domaine de la Saugourde
Anjou AOP Rouge

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SPECIAL OFFER

Anjou Rouge
Was £8.99 per bottle

NOW £6.99 per bottle

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 – 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.

Did you enjoy your wine over Christmas? Yes well done you must have followed the calendar. No well please try the biodynamic calendar with us at gfwine.co.uk.

Unfortunately New years eve is not a good day to drink good wine. Yes Monday is good as its a fruit day but Tuesday is a root day as is Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are good for some serious drinking but forget the rest of the week. Oh Dear not a good start to the New Year.

Take a moment to delve into the wines we have on our website gfwine.co.uk.

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 – tasting

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Domaine de la Haute Clemencerie
Rosé de Loire AOP

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There are a number of Pink appellation wines along the Loire valley that range from demi sec to dry. The driest is a generic pink called Rose de Loire. The appellation area covers the Anjou, Saumur and Touraine vineyards and so the grape varieties used are a blend of the varieties used throughout the region. Cabernet Franc in the main with Cabernet Sauvignon used for at least 30% of the blend with Gamay, Grolleau, Malbec and Pineau d’Aunis. The wine is usually made from tapping the vats used to make red wines called saignée after a few hours of the berries macerating in the juice. The longer the maceration the fuller the colour.  As its a dry wine sometimes the fruit flavours are quite shallow but with good maturity the wines can still be fruity to the nose and palate. I drink the wine as cold as 8C in the summer with a BBQ of grilled fish and lamb and even with some nice spicy pork ribs. The wine I tasted today comes from the Domaine de la Haute Clemencerie in the Touraine region. Its clean and fresh and drunk during the winter it provides a glimpse of the summer.

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 – cocktails

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‘Blanc de Noir’ Cremant de Loire AOP

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No 33 in our cocktail recipes. Kir Royale.

serves all the family. Substitute the Combier Cassis with Combier frambroise syrup and the Cremant with fizzy apple juice for the kids.

Into a tall champagne flute pour a few drops of Combier Cassis (the best by far of any cassis). Deep blackcurranty.

Top up the glass with sparkling Cremant de Loire. Try a Blanc de Noir made from Cabernet Franc grape from

Chateau de Chaintres. Richard Desouche makes a truly fruity complex Cremant.

Cherio!

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 day after

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Christmas greetings from gfwine

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Hope your day went well yesterday. Today sit back and enjoy your family and friends with a bottle of something special. My special treat is a bottle of Muscat Rivesaltes AOP  from Chateau Caladroy. Its a stunning fortified sweet wine made from the Muscat Petit Grain grape. You can drink it as an aperitif, with dessert or just on its own with your family and friends.

HAPPY BOXING DAY

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 – Celebrations

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Manoir de Gourin

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Here’s wishing all my blog visitors a fun and joyous Christmas.  I hope that you have found a great wine to drink with you christmas dinner. The wines I have chosen are a Domaine Vocoret Chablis AOP with our hot smoked salmon starter, Domaine de la Ronciere Chateauneuf du Pape AOP  for the main of roast beef, and a Chateau de Brossay Coteaux du Layon AOP with the pud dessert. Yummy.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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

gfwineblog – tasting

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Cabernet d’Anjou AOP

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 We discussed the appellation of Cabernet d’Anjou from the Loire valley in a recent blog. A medium good honest pink wine. Here’s one that suits the description. Its a well priced well made Cabernet from the stable of winemaker Francois Lethueil. His wines are very popular with the locals around the village of Les Verchers sur Layon (and further afield) where he makes his wines. His 40 odd hectares are dotted around the village and cover the lower valley floor beside the river Layon and also the slopes up onto the higher ground around Doue la Fontaine and over to the commune of St Macaire du Bois. It packs loads of strawberries and as I said before is a must with a nice spicy curry. Drink it nice and cold on its own on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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 – weekly wine offer

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Anjou Blanc

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SPECIAL OFFER

Anjou Blanc
Was £8.99 per bottle

NOW £6.99 per bottle

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 – 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.

Now then what great news. Christmas Day and Boxing Day are both flower days say no more. We don’t start the week too well with a root day on Monday and on Tuesday until 11pm but then it changes to give us that glorious period of flower of the festive period. Its leaf on Friday after 6pm so you are still able to enjoy a good bottle up to then as its flower. Forget Saturday but after 9.30am on Sunday it is a fruit day.  For the first course at christmas dinner,I would stick to a nice soft well balanced Chablis if you are a chardonnay fan or a grapefruity Touraine.  if you are a sauvignon fan or a chenin blanc from Saumur dry and crispy with a starter of goats cheese, salmon, seafood and white fish. For the main I would try a good good Burgundy a nice Cotes de Rhone or if you are pushing the boat out a Chateauneuf du Pape. With the cheese course its got to be a fruity Saumur Puy Notre Dame or a pink Cabernet de Saumur. For the dessert I’d plum for (‘scuse the pun) a Coteaux du Layon. Happy Chrsitmas.Yum.

Take a moment to delve into the wines we have on our website gfwine.co.uk.

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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