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Karin doing some redecoration at Manoir de Gourin

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Its a busy time at Manoir de Gourin our base in the Loire valley France at this time of year. We are preparing the facilities ready for our wine tasting and tour guests at the start of our 2015 season in May. Our first guests arrive on 12 May and there is lots to do between now and then. Our pic shows Karin hard at work on some redecorating. So here’s to a great season of fun and enjoyment for all our wine tour guests in 2015. If you fancy some fun in the vineyards of France why not come and join us for a wine tour and tasting of some great Loire valley wines. www.loirewinetours.com

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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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gfwineblog – weekly wine offer

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Our Party 12 bottle Mixed Case

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Our Party 12 bottle Mix Case

12 Bottle Case
£80.00

That’s less than 7 quid a bottle for a quality wine. Wow.

Save a big £49 big smackeroos

 

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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

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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 -biodynamic calendar

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Biodynamic calendar 2015

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Shall I be on the button this week? This is done whilst travelling between France and the UK so hopefully it will come on stream at the right time. Monday starts us off well with a fruit day so why not try a good bottle of Chateau de Brossay Sauvignon Blanc. I cannot find a better mid range sauvignon than this. At the end of the week Friday after 12 noon and Saturday are both worthy of a decent bottle. With a steak or a vegetable tarte tatin why not try our light and fruity Saumur Champigny Cabernet Franc from Domaine de Rochville Le Page cuveé. Yum.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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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Minervois AOP

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Minervois is an AOC in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region. The red wines of the Minervois appellation are produced from Carignan(which can account for no more than 40% of the blend), Grenache, Lledoner Pelut, Mourvedre, and Syrah grapes. The white wines (which are less prevalent) include varietals such as Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Maccabeu, Bourboulenc, Rolle, Clairette Blanche andMuscat.

AOC regulations require the wine to be blended, so single varietals are necessarily Vin de Pays. Historically, the region’s capital has been the village of Minerve.

 So here is the full list of the AOP’s of the Languedoc/Roussillion

Eastern Languedoc

Western Languedoc[

Roussillon

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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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Domaine Clos des Roques

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A jaunt today with  friend Gordon to the Thouars annual wine fair in France. The fair has wines from all over France so a chance to taste some wines from outside the Loire valley wine area. We tasted with over 50 domaines and around 150 wines. Just as we found in the Angers Wine Fair earlier in the year there were a small number of outstanding wines. One of these were the wines form Domaine Clos des Roques in the Minervois appellation of southern France. We tasted three reds with different blends of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mouvedre with vintages ranging from 2006, 2007 and 2012. We will certainly follow up with some samples and further information. I will do some tasting in our regular slot on Thursdays each week. Watch out for my views.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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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Red Rebel

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Here is our fourth cocktail from our friends from Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey. As you might expect they have some great ideas on how to enjoy the taste of their aged whiskeys. Joann Spiegel from the award winning Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York City has got some awesome cocktail recipes so here goes with the first one  here on gfwineblog. Superdooper.

No 90 in our list of cocktail recipes:

Red Rebel

1 1/2 oz. Clontarf Irish Whiskey

3/4 oz. sugar syrup

3/4 oz. Dubonnet Rouge

1/4 oz. Saint Germain

1/2 oz. pomegranate juice

1/2 oz. lime juice

2 dashes DR Orinoco bitters

2 mint leaves

Fentimans Tonic

Lime wedge 

Shake ingredients over ice.

Double strain into ice filled highball.

Top with tonic and lime wedge.

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Cheers.

Our websites

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www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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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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gfwineblog – tasting

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Chateau la Variere

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My tasting this week is another from the wine finder catalogue found at the Angers wine Fair this year. Its a dessert wine from Chateau la Variere

The wine origins of the chateau started in fifteenth century so it has a long tradition. It is located near the village of Brissac-Quince, Anjou, the Château was a manor Varière the Middle Ages. The two old cellars, the oldest of the XVth century are remarkable for the beauty of their architecture. The vineyard is vast and varied. It covers 110 hectares and most of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) of Anjou are produced at the castle.

National and international recognition of the chateau contribute to the reputation of the wines of Anjou in France and in the world.

Designations of origin (PDO), The vineyard is located at the junction of the Paris basin sedimentary (old primeval ocean) characterized by white and brittle rocks, and Armorican (black and hard rock).
The architecture of the region is very revealing in this regard: the stones white limestone tufa mingle with black stones Shale.
Anjou Rouge AOP AOP Anjou Villages Brissac

The two great red grapes of Anjou are Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabernet Franc is the most common red grape variety in the Val de Loire.
A second generation grape with thin skins, Cabernet Franc is quite fragile and requires a climate both dry and mild. Anjou with 600 mm of annual water and mild climate suits this perfectly.
All parcels planted with Cabernet Franc at the Château Varière have calcareous soils. By its porous texture this soil type corresponds to the nature of Cabernet Franc, which requires regular water supplies.
Historically Cabernet Sauvignon has always been listed in Anjou, particularly in the Brissac region. This third generation variety, has late maturity and is  best wth hot, dry soils black shales that accelerate ripening. Its strong tannic structure comes from ageing best in oak barrels. Bonnezeaux AOP, Quarts de Chaume AOP AOP Coteaux du Layon, Aubance Coteaux AOP The sweet of the Loire Valley are from the varietal chenin blanc. This variety of third-generation and highly susceptible to botrytis cinerea (noble rot) especially as autumn comes alongs with the Angevin misty mornings. Located in the Anjou on black slate floors, many so-called sweet wines are distinguished from each other by veins of soils and landscape and soil conditions (more or less steep hills) which ensure different taste of diversity and concentration of residual sugar after fermentation. AOP Cabernet d’Anjou, Anjou Blanc AOP The Cabernet d’Anjou is a pink with a natural sweetness. At the Château Varière the Cabernet d’Anjou are from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Anjou Blanc Château la Varière is a dry white wine made ​​from Chenin Blanc. It is aged in barrels on fine lees.

Great importance is given to cultivation methods at the chateau. The methods of rational cultivation allow the vines to flourish in the best possible environment.  Grass uses water for development and restricts the amount of rain water absorbable by the vine. By grass clippings decomposition provide natural nutrition for the vines.

Spacing of vines and height for the different areas have been developed over time and many studies on the growth of the vine and its development patterns have concluded the optimal height of foliage for best photosynthesis for sugar production in the berries. The optimum ratio for vine height to distance between rows is for the northern areas in the range of 0.6 to 0.8 (foliage / row width in height) to a maximum of foliage height 2m10-2m20 for the wind stability. At Varière they apply a coefficient of 0.7, a density of 5,000 vines per hectare and a width of rank 2m. The vines can grow up to 1m and 80 in height, allowing for maximum photosynthesis.
There are no unnecessary treatment. The dates of the latest treatments are based on the collection dates in order to prevent any possible residue in the must.

The wine tasted was a Coteaux du Layon AOP sweet wine which won a gold medal at the Fair. It has a  straw colour with a shade of gold. It is expressive to the nose with honeyed sweet sensation. In the mouth it is has a balnce of the sugar with an acidic layer giving a harmonious mouth of candied fruits and citrus fruit flavours. A great wine paired with Foie Gras or a dessert such as Tarte Tatin.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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

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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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

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Domaine de L’Enchantoir White Brunch

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The washboard player Robert

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A most enjoyable day on Sunday last with our friends at Domaine de L’Enchantoir for the annual white brunch. A celebration of all that is white. I mean all that is white wine. So a great elegant Saumur blanc chenin blanc and a super smooth sparkling Saumur Brut again chenin blanc. Pierre and Brigitte van den Boom the owners and winemakers of the establishment put on a superb event with copious amounts of food including Oysters and prawns but also Brigitte’s lovely homemade tarts of various ingredients. Then there was cheese of course and finally dessert. My favourite of which was a lovely orange concoction. Amongst all of that was a great jazz band fronted by a lady whom I knew when I purchased the company HY van. It was she that was the daughter of the seller and who did all the paperwork for her father. Sophie Grimault plays the cornet in a band comprising clarinet, piano, tuba and washboard. Hey you must listen to them. The washboard man Robert is an ace. Perhaps Ben can get to put some of the music on the internet for me.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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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Biodynamic calendar 2015

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Apologies for my rather belated attempt at the Biodynamic calendar this week. I rather lost it yesterday evening and instead of filling you all in with the much needed info of when to get stuck into that good bottle of wine I was gallivanting with our friends playing Bridge until half one last night. Naughty boy. So for all you biodynamic watchers here is the biodynamic calendar for wine drinkers for the following week. Now then we have a split in the week between Tuesday and Wednesday which are Flower days and Saturday and Sunday which are Fruit days otherwise forget the other days of the week. So lets have a look at the early part of the week. What are you eating on Tuesday and Wednesday? How about my favourite of the moment.Pork fillet with glazed apple and sauted mushroom. Have you tried the new Enchantoir 2014 Saumur blanc. It’s a good pairing with pork. Light and elegant. Yesterday, of which more tomorrow, we had it with Oysters. For a fruit day on Saturday or Sunday it has to be a red of some description? What about a nice Bordeaux AOP. A straight forward wine but its got a Jazz of a bite. Chateau Perron de Gourdine fits the bill. Hey Presto done and dusted.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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

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Spanish Wine regions

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The Spanish wine region of Mentrida

Méntrida is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines covering many municipalities in the northeast corner of the province of Toledo (Castile-La ManchaSpain) and which is divided into three distinct areas:TalaveraTorrijos, and Sagra-Toledo, with over 26,000 hectares (64,000 acres) under vines, the majority (71%) being in Torrijos.

History

Wine has been produced in this region since at least the 16th century. For many centuries its main market was the city of Madrid though at the end of the 19th century wines were exported abroad and participated in international trade fairs.

The DO acquired its official status in 1976. Along with other traditional wine-producing regions it has recently started to produce white wines and to age, bottle and label its reds.

Climate

The climate is continental (long hot summers and cold winters) with extreme temperature variations over the course of the year: around 40 °C (104 °F) in summer and below zero in winter, with many days of frost. The average annual rainfall is between 300–450 millimetres (12–18 in), falling mainly between March and May and between September and November.

Soils

The soils are sandy-clay with an average loose consistency. They are poor in nutrients and retain the available moisture well. The vineyards are mainly at a height of between 400 and 600 metres (1,300 and 2,000 ft) above sea level, though some municipalities in the northeast reach a height of 800 m.

Grapes

Méntrida produces mainly red wines as the red grape variety Garnacha represents over 80% of the grapes planted. The remaining 20% is made up by the other four authorised red varieties, Tempranillo (known as Cencibel), Cabernet SauvignonMerlot and Syrah. There is also a very small quantity of white varieties such as AlbilloMacabeo,Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.

The vines are planted mainly as low bushes (en vaso) although new vineyards with irrigation tend to be planted on trellises. The planting density varies between 1,100 and 2,500 vines/ha.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine 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

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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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

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