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Grandes Tablees Saumur Champigny

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One of the best red appellations along the Loire valley is the village appellation of Saumur Champigny. It sits atop a lump of Tuffeau (limestone bedrock that gives a certain warmth to the vineyards which helps with the maturing process). We need as much help as possible in the Loire valley as we are so far north although saying that this year has been good for warm weather and the current heat wave will help enormously. The society of the vignerons hosts an event each year called the Grandes Tablées. Its a big event with, as the event name says, long tables in front of the town hall in Saumur. You should come along as its a real treat not only for the wines they serve but also for the enjoyment.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe 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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Here’s our week for drinking wine based on the biodynamic calendar. Go on you should try it. Wine can taste better on the right days and here is our guide to follow. We’ve given you some ideas on the wine to drink on the good days ie fruit and flower. Enjoy.

Not a good start for Wimbledon’s first week. Monday and Tuesday are washouts so ditch the good bottle of wine and maybe have a Pimms or G and T. Wednesday and Thursday are both fruit days so you should open a bottle of wine to celebrate. Its summer so a nice fresh crisp bottle of white from Domaine de L’Enchantoir is my choice. Its Chenin blanc and it has that characteristic softness just at the end.  Perfect with a summer salad. The rest of the week is rather up and down so it could be back to the Pimms!

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot  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

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 – our updates

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Is it not obvious from the photo that our guests enjoy their little excursion into wine country in the Loire valley, especially as it involves some very close harmony with our host Brigitte, in the middle, who welcomes everyone to her tasting room and pours them out a glass of each of her  wines to taste. Everyone who joins our tours extols the fun and laughter of a very personal experience with a french vineyard and estate. Thanks Brigitte.

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 – our updates

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raspberries a plenty

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Such lovely weather here in the Loire valley, France will I hope continue so at we have a good harvest and a great vintage for Loire wines. Today we experienced 32 degrees and it is forecast to increase to 38 degrees next week. Wow. Certainly our grape vines at Manoir de Gourin are growing quickly and is could mean an early harvest if this weather continues. Mind you it is early days. Our raspberries are certainly flying with a haul of over 40lb so far. So its fresh, compote, jam, frozen, coulee, juice and any other suggestions?

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 – our updates

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Part of the story of drinking wine, sorry all the part, is knowing the provenance. Full stop. End of. Unless you know what you are drinking don’t. Why drink chemicals. Poisons. stuff that is bad for you. Why? Do you want to die young? Pop along to loirewinetours and experience what is right for your health. Natural wine. ie that which is made without horrible deadly chemicals. Want to know more then email me and I will tell you. Here we have four guests who now know the difference. You too can find that difference. Meet the winemaker. Here he is with our guests. He will tell you what is in his wine.

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 – our updates

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Part of the fun of visiting the Loire valley must be the wines that are available to taste. There is such a variety of styles and colours so you should find a wine that suits your palate. That’s why a jaunt to a local winemaker is a must so that you may find the real essence of the wines here in the region. So our guests are shown the vineyards from whence the grapes are grown to make these wines. That’s so you have the background to a wine rather than just knowing the position on the shelf of the supermarket!

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 – jottings

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what are you drinking?

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I suppose you could say that my crusade for people to seek out naturally made wine might be on a hiding for nothing because all us Brits (or most of us at least) buy wine by the label and the price. Why are we so stupid? Well we follow the course of least resistance. ie its all about convenience at the end of the day. We lead such hectic lives it makes sense to do it the easy way. What poppycock. Is not your health the most important of all your priorities? Without health you do not have life. Yes. So you pop along to the supermarket and buy rubbish. Because you choose by price and the attraction of the label. We’ve all done it. Supermarkets are capitalist enterprises that are trying to take your money and make the most profit regardless of you and your health. STOP using supermarkets and use your brain for once. Make time to think about what you are buying from supermarkets and what they put in the food and drink they sell. How does it affect your body and your health long term? They don’t know and nor do you. Does it not make sense to buy your food and drink which is as natural as possible. That way it does less harm to your long term health. Think about it. Think provenance and get to know what goes into your body.Find your personal wine man.

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 – our updates

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Pink Pink and More Pink. WIne, Food and Dress. The Domaine de L’Enchantoir pink picnic went off like a cannon at Waterloo yesterday Sunday. We started with pink fizz lovely Saumur Brut sparkling wine as our aperitif for the picnic in the back garden of Pierre and Brigitte’s vigneron house. Then pink still wine of the Cabernet d’Anjou appellation with our bbq of chicken kebabs marinated in pink wine and honey, accompanied by all sorts of salads. After all that we played Boule in the courtyard. Pink Fun. Pink Fun. Pink Fun.

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

Grainger’s wine blog is gfwineblog.co.uk

Grainger’s wine blog. The one and only wine blog for all you winos out there.

Here’s our week for drinking wine based on the biodynamic calendar. Go on you should try it. Wine can taste better on the right days and here is our guide to follow. We’ve given you some ideas on the wine to drink on the good days ie fruit and flower. Enjoy.

A wonderful day today on summer solstice. We had a rather good time with pink everything from wine to food to dress at our local vineyard Domaine de L’Enchantoir and of course it was a fruit day so very appropriate indeed. Monday and Tuesday are both fruit days until 5pm on Tuesday. Then its root on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 1pm. After that we ave flower through the weekend. As we celebrated at Enchantoir today with some great pinks why not continue the theme with a lovely fruity pink wine Cabernet d’Anjou. Its a demi sec made from the cabernet franc grape. Great with spicy food and dessert. Try it for a summer drink.

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 – facts

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Cru Bourgeois Medoc Bordeaux

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Cru Bourgeois in Medoc, Bordeaux

 

The Cru Bourgeois classification lists some of the châteaux from the Médoc that were not included in the 1855 Classification of Crus Classés, or Classed Growths. Notionally, Cru Bourgeois is a level below Cru Classé, but still of high quality (formerly there were additional grades of Cru Artisan and Cru Paysan).Many wine writers consider that there is some overlap in quality between the Classed Growths and the Cru Bourgeois, although also saying that by and large the Classed Growths still represent the best wines.

The first Cru Bourgeois list was drawn up by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Agriculture in 1932, selecting 444 estates for the classification. The words Cru Bourgeois were widely used on labels by the châteaux so listed, although the classification was never officially ratified. A substantial revision of the classification, dividing it into three tiers, was initiated in 2000 and finalised in 2003. This reduced the number of châteaux listed to 247. Following several legal turns, the 2003 Cru Bourgeois classification was annulled by the French court in 2007, and shortly afterwards all use of the term was banned.

In 2010, the Cru Bourgeois label was reintroduced, but in a significantly revised form. It now consists of only one level, and is awarded annually, as a mark of quality, to wines rather than to châteaux, on the basis of an assessment of both production methods and the finished product. Any property in the Médoc may apply. The lists are published approximately 2 years after the vintage, so the 2008 list was published in 2010, and the 2009 list was published in 2011. The 2009 list includes 246 wines.

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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