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Berry Berracuda

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Here is our fifth 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 93 in our list of cocktail recipes:

Berry Barracuda

2 oz. Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12yr

3/4 oz. strawberry syrup

1/2 oz. Lillet rose

1/2 oz. Fino Sherry

2 dash OBW

Bar spoon aged balsamic vinegar

Shake all ingredients over ice.

Double strain into cocktail glass.

Garnish with strawberry. 

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Manoir de Gourin purple sprouting broccoli

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Hey plenty of goodies coming from the kitchen garden at Manor de Gourin and joy upon joy Karin has come up with a great new starter using our fresh veg. This time its our purple sprouting broccoli (PSB). Yum. We are broccolied out with PSB on its own, with parmesan shavings, as a veg dish accompaniment, and now PSB velouté, goats cheese and crispy bacon. Before long we shall look like PSB! But hey its jolly good for you and with no added chemicals. Go on go PSB.

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.

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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

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12 bottle Big Reds mixed case

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12 bottle Big Reds mixed case

12 Bottle Case
£157.00

Saving a whopping £64

Three bottles each of:

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Domaine de la Ronciere Chateauneuf du Pape AOP

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Domaine de l’Enchantoir Cuveé Clos de Petit Chavannes Saumur Puy Notre Dame AOP

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

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gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar

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Biodynamic calendar 2015

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Its a week of two halves this next week. So the first half is all good with fruit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hey great for a good bottle of wine. Why not try our Domaine de la Haut-Vrignais Muscadet sur Lie AOP . It is a classic Melon wine with loads of subtle flavours. If you are into seafood then this is the wine for you. Try it with oysters. It will pair well with Asian food and exotic dishes. I’m afraid that the second half of the week is all root so I suggest you stick with a nice bottle of beer. Try the classic Bass beer from Burton on Trent. The home of real ale. I even bring it over to France as I miss that classic taste of beer.

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

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French estate bottled wine from the Corbières AOC in the Languedoc-Roussillon that features the grape variety Grenache noir on the label. Unique for French wines

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varietal wine is a wine made primarily from a single named grape variety, and which typically displays the name of that variety on the wine label. Examples of grape varieties commonly used in varietal wines are Cabernet SauvignonChardonnay and Merlot. Wines that display the name of two or more varieties on their label, such as a Chardonnay-Viognier, are blends and not varietal wines. The term is frequently misused in place of vine variety; the term variety refers to the vine or grape while varietal refers to the wine produced by a variety.

The alternatives to the marketing differentiation of wines by grape variety are branded wine,  or geographical appellations, such as Champagne or Bordeaux. The poor quality and unknown provenance of many branded wines and the multitude of potentially confusing, sometimes difficult to pronounce appellations leaves varietal labeling as perhaps the most popular for quality wines in many markets. This is much less the case in places where appellations have a long and strong tradition, as for instance in France. In the past, the grape variety was very uncommonly mentioned on the labels of French wine bottles, and was forbidden for almost all AOCwines. New World varietal wines from newcomers like Australia and Chile have made a significant dent in traditional French export markets like the UK, and so the French are adopting varietal labeling in some cases, particularly for vin de pays.

Within the European Union, a wine using a varietal label must contain at least 85% of that variety. 85% is a common minimum standard; national regulations may set the limit higher in certain cases, but not lower.

In most regions of Franceterroir is thought to surpass the impact of variety, so almost all French wines traditionally have no variety listed at all, and would in many cases not be allowed for AOC wines. Champagne, for instance, is typically a blend of ChardonnayPinot noir andPinot Meunier, but this is not indicated anywhere on the label. In Alsace, winemakers adopt the German custom of varietal labeling.

In recent years, varietal labels have become more common for French wines. Most of these wines are Vin de pays rather than AOC wines, but varietal names are also seen on some regional AOCs.

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

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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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The terrace at Manoir de Gourin

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We follow our news previously about our spring clean ready for the new season of wine tours at Manoir de Gourin here in the Loire valley, France. There’s loads and loads to do to get ready for our wine tours and holiday guests to ensure that everything is absolutely right. Today we prepared the lovely terrace at the rear of the house. For us its what makes our reason for being here in the Loire. Can you imagine just sitting enjoying the warm weather on the terrace overlooking the formal garden. Karin has rearranged the layout this year so it is a more relaxed environment with the dining area more open to the terrace and the seating area much more intimate with a soft palate of colour and surroundings. Welcome to Manoir de Gourin.

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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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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gfwineblog – cocktails

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Vickers Valiant cocktail

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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 92 in our list of cocktail recipes:

Vickers Valiant

1 1/2 oz. Boru Irish Vodka

1/2 oz. Celtic Honey

1/4 oz. suze

1/2 oz. Creme D’framboise

3/4 oz. lime juice

1/4 oz. sugar syrup

Grapefruit soda

Grapefruit peel 

Shake ingredients over ice

Double strain into cocktail glass

Top with splash of grapefruit soda

Garnish with grapefruit peel. 

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

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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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Eddy and Mileine Oosterlinck-Bracke of Domaine de Juchepie

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No 8 in my round of tastings from the Angers Wine Fair. Domaine de Juchepie.

Eddy & Mileine Oosterlinck – Bracke happened upon Domaine de Juchepie in 1985 and started an adventure from holiday home to winemakers in the Village Coteaux du Layon of Faye. They have 6 hectares of vineyards growing the traditional grape variety of Chenin Blanc on the bedrock of Juchepie which is essentially composed of grey-greenish and purple slate, alternated with volcanic rock : phtanite, spilite and rhyolite. The top soil is very thin (on average not more than 20 to 40 cm) consisting essentially of heavy clay, which retains a certain reserve of moisture in times of drought. This can be very useful, as rain is here a lot more scarce than in the wider region. Here there is a closed landscape : a small slope, facing south, and enclosed on three sides by the hillside. With an opening down to the river Layon, from which emerge the mists in autumn. These conditions make this “terroir” particularly suited for the development of noble-rot (botrytis cinerea), and therefore for the production of the great sweet wines of the Loire valley.

The vineyard is organic and biodynamic using natural products to protect and support the vines and berries as they develop. Grapes are pressed in vertical presses and fermented and aged in oak barrels so the whole process of making wine is by use of traditional methods and only using the natural ingredients in the juice.

I tasted the Les Quarts de Juchepie a gold medal winning wine at the Angers Wine Fair this year. This is a Coteaux-du-layon-Faye village appellation sweet wine made from the chenin blanc grape variety. It is produced from vines grown on a soil composed of green and purple slate, and spilite (volcanic rock). It is harvested at a yield of 10 to 15 hl/ha with a minimum of 17.5° potential alcohol, fermented and aged in oak barrels without any addition of yeast or sugar. Bottling is after 18 to 24 months.

The wine is best served with a dessert of fruit compote or as I did a soufflé of raspberry. Delicious.

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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Fresh produce from our kitchen garden at Manoir de Gourin

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The sun shines bright and warm these April days in the Loire valley. We are blessed and indeed lucky to be living in this lovely place.

Our kitchen garden has started to bring us fresh produce and today we harvested some lovely asparagus which we will have simply sautéd in a frying pan with butter and served with shavings of parmesan cheese salt and freshly ground black pepper. Yum.

Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

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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Sparkling Celebration

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Sparkling Celebration

12 Bottle Case
£120.00

A saving of £38

A selection of 8 white and 4 rosé sparkling wines from the Loire valley, France.

Made by some of the best wine makers in the area around Saumur the capital of the sparkling wine production.

Aged in the chalk caves of the area for 9 to 12 months to produce that creamy elegance.

 

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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