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gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar

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The beginning of December brings a mixed week for finding the right day to drink your favourite bottle of wine. Its’s leaf at the beginning of the week on Monday and Tuesday. There is a brief respite on Wednesday so you need to drink that good bottle then. I suggest that this should be a Languedoc wine from Abbaye des Monges. Cuvée Augustine is a Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape AOP with loads of spicy notes. This is a 2009 vintage so loads of sun has produced a robust red wine of note. Buy it now before it goes. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are a mix of leaf and root. However there is a window on Sunday evening after 7pm where you might wish to open another bottle of this classic wine.

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fief vendeen

Fiefs Vendéens wines

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Fiefs Vendéen AOP

The history of wine making in the Vendée dates from the Roman era when they brought their vines and established small vineyards that did well. This was continued in the Middle-ages by  the monks who cultivated their patches of vines and from this time on a strong tradition of local wines was born. Four areas of wine production, BREM, MAREUIL, PISSOTTE and VIX  were duly recognised by the wine authorities, although, commercial wine production continues in three other areas namely the Chantonnay, St.Philbert de Bouaine and St Hilaire de Loulay regions.

Today, about a hundred wine growers established in well defined areas have launched into a great venture  producing wine under the logo ”Fiefs Vendéen” (vineyards of Vendée) to the standard of AOC (Appellation original controlee) .
Benefiting from more sunshine than the national average, the White, Rose’ and Red wines from these areas are wines with a delicate bouquet with completely different fragrances and characteristics.

The wines from the Brem area are produced from two different vines called Groulleau Gris and Chenin, they are limpid and soft wines often with a very discreet apple aroma. Situated in the south east corner of the Vendée, the small vineyards of Vix and Pissotte produce full-bodied wines, They are made from the same types of vines as the wines from the other areas, with the addition of Sauvignon in the Vix region and An Melon in the Pissotte region.

By far the largest wine growing area is in the Lay Valley around Mareuil-sur-Lay in the Bas Bocage. Here where 3 geographical areas meet on the remaining escarpments of the ancient Armorian massif are found the ideal soil and climate conditions for the production of quality wine.

Rarely mentioned are the Vineyards of Chantonnay on the upper reaches of the River lay which produce similar wines to those of Mareuil-sur-Lay, the area stretches from Chantonnay towards St. Cecile.

The areas of St.Philbert de Bouaine and St.Hilaire de Loulay (just north of Montaigu) are in the Loire wine region and produce wines typical of this region such as Gros Plant, Muscadet, Gamay, Grolleau, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvigons. This area of the Vendée produces wine of AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée awarded status in 2011).

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Sparkling Celebration

Our christmas bubbly selection

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The Christmas festivities start here with some great deals on our mixed cases specially selected for you this year. Our range allows you to select the one that is right for you. There is a mix for party time. A mix for Christmas dinner. A mix for the  connoisseur with our big reds. Colour to suit your preference . Its all there so pop over to our website www.gfwine.co.uk and discover your christmas wines.

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Cheers.

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gfwineblog – cocktails

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gfwineblog cocktail no 74

Salty Dog

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No 74 in our list of cocktail recipes:

SALTY DOG

So for two lovelies

1 1/2 measures vodka

ice cubes

grapefruit  juice

salt and lemon juice to salt glass

wedge of lemon

Pour vodka over ice cubes in salt frosted glass Fill with grapefruit juice Garnish with wedge of lemon.

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Chateauneuf du Pape

Domaine la Roquette

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The opportunity to taste a 1995 Domaine la Roquette Chateauneuf du Pape came along recently. 1995 was an outstanding year and the wine did not disappoint. Still quite tannic with yards of structure and it retains a rich spiciness. What it needs however is loads of time to allow it to breath otherwise it has no real flavour. Give it a day of air and by golly it will make a difference. Gamy and herby on the palate.

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Sancerre and gfwine

The hilltop town of Sancerre in the Loire valley France

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SANCERRE

Sancerre is a French wine Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP, formerly Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or AOC) for wine produced in the area of Sancerre in the eastern part of the Loire valley, southeast of Orléans. Almost all of the appellation lies on the left bank of the Loire, opposite Pouilly-Fumé. It is well regarded for and primarily associated with Sauvignon blanc.[1] Some Pinot noir is also grown, accounting for around 20% of the region’s production, making mostly light red wines for quaffing under the designation ofSancerre Rouge. A rosé style from Pinot noir is also produced in a style similar to Beaujolais.

White Sancerre was one of the original AOCs awarded in 1936, with the same area being designated for red wines on 23 January 1959. The AOC area has expanded fourfold over the years, most recently on 18 March 1998. The town lies on an outcrop of the chalk that runs from the White cliffs of Dover down through the Champagne and Chablis. A series of small valleys cut through the chalk, each with their own soils and microclimate and terroir. In the east are the “flints” that make minerally, long-lived wines. Between the town and Verdigny the soil consists of marl and gravel – “les caillottes” – producing fruity, well balanced wines. And in the southwest, away from the river towards Menetou-Salon, the chalky “terres blanches” (white ground) produce weightier wines. Most – but not all – of the Sauvignon Blancs are unoaked.

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Harvey Wallbanger

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No 73 in our list of cocktail recipes:

HARVEY WALLBANGER

So for two lovelies

1 measure vodka

1 measure Galliano

orange juice

2 slices orange

Pour vodka and Galliano into two chilled glasses. Top up with orange juice. Garnish the glasses with a slice of orange. Serve with a straw.

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gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar

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This week has to be better than last week otherwise we will be missing out again on a good bottle of wine. It does not start well for Monday is a leaf day until 2pm. However Monday evenng, Tuesday and Wednesday until 5pm is a fruit period so I think its time to break open a bottle of Touraine’s finest Sauvignon blanc from Vignoble Gibault. Aromas dominated by scents of boxwood and blackcurrant buds. Clean on entry with a long finish.  Saturday is a flower day so maybe a red with your steak. Go all the way with our Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine de la Ronciere. Ruby robe, aromas of red berries and spices on the nose, Powerful and robust with soft tannins. Well strucutured, fresh and nice length on the palate.

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Counterfeit wine

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The news of the week has to be the latest crack down on illegal drinks including wine that is sold in retail outlets. Many of these are small shops supplied by scrupulous people that care little about the contents of the bottle and what harm it might do to your health. Illegal wine can contain all sorts of dreadful chemicals and we should do all that we can to stop this practice by spending more effort on policing and trading standards. My real advice is to only buy from well known shops. Brands  that you may know are very likely to be counterfeit so steer clear of small shops. Why not pop along to your local wine merchant. Get to know him and see what he has to offer and try before you buy. If he knows his wine he should know all about the wine he sells.

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Cheers.

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Valencay AOP

Domaine Jourdain Cuveé des Griottes

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I tasted a Valencay red from the Loire valley with some welsh hill lamb. Not too gamey but loads of lovely flavour mirroring the landscape where the lambs graze. This wine was a great match and I have included the Domaine information below from wine maker Francois Jourdain. Try Valencay AOP wines they have a great depth of compoted fruit with a nice spicey end.

The vineyard of twenty hectares extends on two brands: Valencay and Touraine. For the setting up of each parcel, we take care to respect the harmony of land, the balance between soil and vine.

 

The Touraine vineyard is settled on the vestige of the famous rifle flints used by Napoleon’s armies. The strong stony charge and the corrugated relief are the best assets for the optimum development of Gamay Noir, Côt and Sauvignon too. The flint presence gives this grape variety some very typical mineral and smocked notes.

The Valençay vineyard is separated in two areas: each area is located on side of the different slopes of the Modon, an affluent of the Cher River that goes through our vineyard.

In the first area called “Les Terrajots”, there are two kinds of soils:

Soils called Perruches: hot and stony, these soils are perfect for late grapes varieties as Côt, Cabernet, Sauvignon Rose or Chardonnay.

Soils called Aubuis: limestone and draining, these soils contribute to fine and fruity palate of Pinot Noir.

The second area is located near the “loge à Perin”, a small hut built in the middle of vine at the end of nineteenth century. This area of sweet slopes is settled on flints clay soils. According to the stony charge and the soil depth, we set up a grape variety on each parcel: there is Côt on the slopes and there are Gamay, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc on the plateau.

A blend of Gamay, Côt and Pinot Noir varieties – Low temperature maceration – Aged in tank during one yearIt has a fine ruby red colour with a few violet reflections that express the richness and sobriety of our soil. Fond wine with a pleasant body. Its gentle flavour and character has notes of red fruits (cherry blackcurrant), with a hint of spices in its finish.Serve slightly chambré (12°). A perfect match for grilled meats or red meats as well as an ideal complement to the delicate variety of a cheese board.

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Cheers.

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