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George Osborne having a laugh!

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The wine and spirits industry is launching a campaign calling on Chancellor George Osborne to cut duty in this year’s budget. Last year Osborne scrapped the guaranteed above-inflation rise in duty for beer and cut 1p of the tax rate, but left wine and spirits alone. Now the wine ans Spirit Trade Association have teamed up with the taxpayer alliance to launch a ‘Call Time on Duty’ campaign.  Duty counts for 57% of a bottle of wine. It also affects the bottom end of the market because as a wine price increases so the percentage of duty decreases, so the better off are not so penalised.

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SALTY DOG

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No 40 in our cocktail recipes.

SALTY DOG.

So for 2 lovelies:

3 measures vodka

ice cubes

grapefruit juice

salt and lemon juice to frost glass

Wedges of lemon

Pour vodka over ice cubes in salt-frosted glasses. Fill with grapefruit juice. Garnish with wedges of lemon.

Cherio!

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The co-oprative of Cherverny wine producers

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  Cheverny is a French wine region in the Loire Valley that makes dry white wines, light red wines and rosé wines. The area receivedAOVDQS (Appellation d’Origine Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure) status in 1973, and then AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) on 26 March 1993 when new regulatory laws were passed. The wine region is spread over 532 hectares, within 24 communes of the Loir-et-Cher department.

The white wines are composed of Sauvignon blanc grapes, at a proportion of 60%–80%, blended with ArboisChardonnay or Pineau Blanc de la Loire grapes. A small proportion is made into sparkling wine. The red wines are composed of Gamay grapes, at a proportion of 40%–65%, blended with Pinot noir grapes. Cabernet Franc and Côt can be used to make up to 15% of the wine. Pineau d’Aunis is added to these grape varieties when making rosés.

AOP regualtions are based on yields  fixed at 50 hl/ha for red wines, 55 hl/ha for rosé wines and 60hl/ha for white wines. The density of vine plantations should be between 3500 and 4500 feet/ha. White wines made from Romorantin grapes bear the appellation of Cour-Cheverny.

Only wines made from grapes grown on the land of the following 24 communes can claim Cheverny appellation: Candé-sur-BeuvronCellettesCheverny,ChitenayCormerayCour-ChevernyFeingsFougères-sur-BièvreFresnesHuisseau-sur-CossonMaslivesLes MontilsMontlivaultMont-près-ChambordMuides-sur-LoireOuchampsSaint-Claude-de-DiraySaint-Dyé-sur-LoireSaint-Laurent-NouanSambinSeurTour-en-Sologne and Vineuil, as well as a part of the Monthou-sur-Bièvre commune.

The wine I tasted today was from  the Cave Cooperative Vignerons de Mont-près-Chambord. It is located in the heart of the vineyards of Cheverny, Loire and Sologne between, alongside prestigious castles such as Blois, Chambord and Cheverny. harvest it and grapes vinified its 21 members of 126 hectares. With nearly 500,000 passes sold per year, it is now the leading producer of AOC Cheverny. The quality of its wines is consistently recognized in competitions and reference guides (Macon, Concours Général Agricole, Guide Hachette, .. .). Les Vignerons de Mont-près-Chambord use the most modern techniques of winemaking (pneumatic presses, stainless steel tanks, temperature control) to preserve all the typical characteristics of their soils (clays, sands) expressed by fully Gamay and Pinot Black , bases red and rosé wines, Sauvignon and Chardonnay for white wines, and Romorantin for AOC Cour-Cheverny.

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healthy bubbly

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Finally a healthy reason to drink sparkling wine. New research suggests moderate consumption may boost spatial memory, the ability to recall details of the environment around us. In a six week study scientists at the University of Reading investigated the effect of compounds found in sparkling wine – called hydroxycinnamates and phenolic acids. as well as alcohol. These compounds found in grape pulp has beneficial effects on proteins in the brain involved in storing these memories.

Cheers!

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Rosé De Loire AOC
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SPECIAL OFFER

Rosé De Loire AOC
Was £11.53 per bottle

NOW £6.99 per bottle

 

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‘Des Oratoriens’ Saumur Champigny AOP
Chateau de Chaintres

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A mixed week this week when it comes to finding the right day to enjoy your wine choice. After 11am on Monday we have a fruit day which continues through the whole of Tuesday (great) and into Wednesday until 12 noon. So for the beginning of the week I would go for a fruity red and have this with something like fish and chips, or perhaps a spicy pizza. Why not try a Chateau de Chaintres Saumur Champigny AOP. The mid range cuveé will be more than a match for an early takeaway in the week. Wednesday evening and Thursday are root days so steer clear of a good bottle. Friday and Saturday evenings are both flower days so time to dig out another good bottle. As its the end of a busy week why not try a Chateau de Chaintres Saumur Champigny AOP again but this time the top cuvée. Richard the winemaker leaves the wine to age in barrels down on the old cellars for around 18 months. This is a wine to drink with a nice juicy steak or venison and with game.  Sunday is a washout so stick to Friday and Saturday evenings to dig out those quality wines.

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‘Le Page’Saumur Champigny AOC
Domaine de Rocheville

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The Loire valley is virtually an unknown entity  when it comes to any knowledge of its wines. Its a big big pity because there are some beautifully crafted wines from some passionate winemakers all along the valley from Nantes all the way round to Sancerre and beyond. Anyway in the centre there is the prestigious village appellation of Saumur Champigny. It is within the generic Saumur apellation. Saumur has classic white and red and a dry pink Cabernet de Saumur plus a lovely sweet made from the wonderful Chenin Blanc grape Coteaux de Saumur. Then within the Saumur appellation there are two red only village appellations of Saumur Champigny long established and produced from the the cabernet franc grape in the main as most estates use only this grape variety and Saumur Puy Notre Dame. It is the red grape variety of the central area of the Loire and is predominant in most of the red appellations of Anjou, Chinon and Bourgeuil. 

Domaine de Rocheville sits nicely in the middle of the Saumur Champigny appellation and they make three different cuveé of the red wine. The first is a light classic red , the second more concentrated and the third an oak aged more complex wine. The first ‘Le Page’ is a light and fruity wine that can be drunk on its own or with simple suppers. In France this is the right wine you would drink with fish as its light enough to allow the delicate flavours of the fish to be tasted. We are privileged to have the 2008 vintage which is now ready for drinking. log onto www.gfwine.co.uk. Its reduced from £12.49 to £7.49.

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Pruning at Domaine Seailles

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Here is some news from Jean Laberenne of Domaine Séailles. He is based in the area of Gascony. The domaine occupies a terroir which lies on high hillsides and is very much favoured by geology because it is made up of fine clay lime soil and broken stone, with an eastern and southern exposure and an amazing amount of sunshine. The estate is made up of 25 hectares of vineyards half of which are planted both with white grapes: Sauvignon, Gros Manseng, Colombard and Ugni Blanc, and red: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The Ugni Blanc grape is essentially used only for the Domaine’s traditional product, the Armagnac Ténarèze.

This is some news of the south west of France!!! The pruning is continuing under the rain! There is some pictures of it in attached files (It’s a  young Sauvignon gris grapes, we make our blend of the Presto blanc with it).

Like in England the weather is really rainy and it’s difficult to work into the vines. We are late to pruning.

I make the blend for Presto blanc 2013 last week and I’m happy because the results is really good like 2012 !

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Pink Lady

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No 39 in our cocktail recipes.

PINK LADY.

So for 2 lovelies:

4 measures gin

8 dashes Grenadine

2 dashes eg white

Shake  egg white with Grenadine and gin. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Cherio!

 

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Muscadet sur lie AOC
Domaine de la Haut Vrignais

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Do you remember when Muscadet was a very popular wine in UK. Always fresh and sightly balanced to acid rather than sugar. In a good year it has a vibrant yeasty flavour but in a bad year it can be too crisp and acidic. Probably with its  popularity it became too much in demand and lost its way with cheap wines being sold from Muscadet as simple unattractive  wines. Today the wine being produced is of a much higher quality and the best wines are extremely good with complexity. You need to get to know your merchant or supplier to seek out the best example. We have some jolly good wine from the centre of the appellation area of Vallet.  Domaine de la Haut Vrignais is part of the historic Abbaye Saint Radegonde. It makes some super Muscadet sur Lie. The sur lie bit is all about quality and trying to increase flavour and complexity by allowing the wine to stay on its lees the spent yeast cells over the winter to impart that  flavour. The classic food pairing is with oysters and also fish cooked plain or with a light sauce. It will also go well with spicier food and goats cheese.

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