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Vine flowering

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Vine flowering

A vine develops firstly with the bud that forms new branches and leaves. It then produces a bunch of very small green round berries. In the Loire region of France around now we start to see these flowering and this is shown in the photo above. From these little bunches the grape berries will form if all goes well. ie if we don’t get frost or damage from the weather elements. This year I suppose we are about normal in terms of timing. Last year was late due to the cold spring. This year we had an early warm spell and a bit hit and miss. The photo is of my own cabernet franc vines that are growing on a south facing wall so with the combination of warmth from the wall and southern aspect my vines are probably a little earlier than those in the vineyards of the area.

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H L Mencken

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Here is a saying from H L Mencken

” All the great villainies of history, from the murder of Abel to the Treaty of Versailles, have been perpetuated by sober men. and chiefly by teetotallers.”

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Dry Martini

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No 53 in our cocktail recipes.

DRY MARTINI.

So for two lovelies:

ice cubes

5 measures dry gin

1 measure dry vermouth

2 olives and two knots of lemon peel.

Fill Martini pitcher with ice. Gently pour in gin. Add vermouth and stir gently. Strain into two chilled Martini glasses and add olive to each and a knot of lemon peel.

Cherio.

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Chateau Tour Bel-Air

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A tasting yesterday of a 2011 Bordeaux from the Montagne St Emilion appellation from Chateau Tour Bel-Air. I don’t have  much knowledge about the estate. Its one of those bottles that come along and you taste it not thinking it may be something good. But I was pleasantly surprised and the assembled guests also enjoyed the tasting. I will need to find out more and let you all know.  It’s toast on the nose, spicy and red fruits. Mouth of raspberry and cherries with leather and spices in final. We had it with BBQ french lamb a great pairing.

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Pinot More label 1

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Ha Ha now a session of the mahjongers tonight happened to taste some lovely Pinot More from Manoir de Gourin. You should try it. I recommend it to you all. No more getting up at night. A great invention.

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www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

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gfwineblog – weekly wine offer

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Domaine du Vieux Pressoir Saumur Puy Notre Dame

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SPECIAL OFFER

Saumur Puy Notre Dame AOC
Was £15.42 per bottle

NOW £8.99 per bottle

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gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar

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Biodynamic calendar

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Hey a great start to the week. Monday and Tuesday are both fruit days so get out that bottle of Chateau Blaceret-Roy and pop the cork.  A garnet robe, a fruity attack with structured and well balanced flavours. A perfect match to red meat and cheese. A great value Beaujolais cru. Beautifully rounded. Unfortunately the rest of the week is a let down with root days until a small window on Saturday after 1.00pm and Sunday until 9.00pm. Time to uncork a bottle of Cotes du Rousillon Village AOC from Chateau de Caladroy. On the nose there are notes of spices and thyme. Very enjoyable on the palate ending in a lemony thyme aroma. Serve with beef stew, game and venison. Very ripe grapes producing a well structured and complex wine. A couple of good wines to drink on a good day. So cheers.

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Cheers.

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Hail damage to the chardonnay vines in Anjou

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Hail amongst the vines can be devastating to an estate at any time of the year when the vines are in growth. In the Loire we recently experienced hail in the Anjou region. Surprisingly enough or maybe not there was little hail damage in the Saumur appellation area. I say or nor because the Loire has very distinct micro climates which tend to be very much in line with the appellation boundaries. You may scoff at this but it is true and I experienced this with the hail storm this week. We live right on the boundary between the Anjou and Saumur appellations. We had a little hail. We visited an Anjou estate with some wine tour guests this week to see the damage caused by the hail. Luckily most of the damage was on the leaves as the bunches are just forming and we have not yet reached the flowering stage. Hopefully there will be little longer term effect. In Saumur by contrast there was no hail just down the road from us in Puy Notre Dame. Terroir is all important in the designation of the appellation areas.

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Bette Davis

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Here’s a quote from Bette Davis:

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne”.

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Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

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www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

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WHITE LADY

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No 52 in our cocktail recipes.

WHITE LADY.

So for two lovelies:

2 measures gin

1 measure cointreau

juice of a lemon

2 dashes of egg white

Shake together the gin, Cointreau and lemon juice with the egg white. Pour into two chilled cocktail glasses.

Cherio.

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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

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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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