Articles from: September 2015

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French farmers for you.

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Assuming the muck was to be deposited on the field and not pelted at me physically and into my nose, eyes and throat some 10 metres away across the hedge whilst working in the potager with the east wind blowing my way. When will the French learn? Hey wondering if there is anybody else on the planet except me the stupid senseless french farmer? Typical. Is there a law about this sort of cavalier attitude in the EU? Last week it was the same except perhaps more worrying and sinister. A spray machine with booms strung out not spraying the ground but me and I ran for safety. I’m not bad at the 100 metres dash. Of course its September and lets light a bonfire and never mind where the smoke is blown. Lets smoke out the neighbour. Jolly fun what.

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

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Spuds galore from the potager at Manoir de Gourin

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Oh the weather is so lovely and warm at 22C today. Its a joy to be outside in the garden and in the potager. Today we have been lifting the potatoes planted back  in the spring and left until now except dug as we have needed them over the summer months. So Anya for our dinners, Charlotte for salads and our first early which we used early but still they have kept and still lovely and fluffy for home made chips with  steak. Probably we have picked 40kg for our winter. I’ll keep some for seed next year. Wonderful.

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

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Our harvest from the garden goes on and on.  Raspberries still, tomatoes, apples, figs, potatoes, marrow, spinach, onions and beetroot.  Karin has been making loads of arrabbiata sauce and storing for eating over the winter months. Today we went collecting windfall from the surrounding countryside and you will see from the pic we came home loaded with walnuts. If you have the time here in the Loire valley then the amount of free windfall is huge and varied. We have wonderful weather at the moment and so now is the time to lift potatoes and onions. The weather is due to continue for the rest of the week. It is glorious.

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 – Simon’s scribbles

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Thanks mac for a great cartoon

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A scribble has not been penned for some time but I think its time I changed all that. Volkswagen has given us all a good example of what goes on in the world today. Big business operates  under the following criteria called The Big Fiddle

It fiddles the books

It fiddles the taxman

It fiddles the customer

Lets hope Jeremy Corbyn might do something about fiddling. So far Cameron and Osborne have done nothing much. Will Mr Corbyn be seduced by The Big Business lobbyists. Did I read somewhere it took 200 plus of them to convince the then government led by Mr Blair that diesel is clean (or at least cleaner than petrol). Isn’t he a wonderful man!!!!! How could he have got it all so wrong and that’s not the only thing he got  wrong. How could we have voted more than once for such a man ???? And to add insult to injury he’s now a multi millionaire. People why are we so gullible. I suppose we have no choice.

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

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Inspecting the chenin blanc grapes of a Saumur vineyard in the Loire Valley France

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A perfect afternoon for our wine tourers in Saumur country, Loire valley, France. The rain stayed off and we had a pleasant time amongst the vines. We witnessed the arrival of the chardonnay berries for the sparkling arriving at the wine room to be pumped into the vertical press for pressing. The juice is allowed to run into the underground tank for settlement. The chenin blanc berries are at 11% in the vineyard so not quite ready for harvesting. Another 1% plus will be needed so probably another week before harvesting for the still wines.

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

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Stephanie and Joanna with Stephane. They were impressed with his knowledge and introduction of the wines we tasted

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Stephanie decided to take her Mum Joanna on a birthday treat to France all the way from Seattle. She happened upon Loirewinetours on the net and the result was a very busy afternoon in Saumur Champigny country today. Joanna likes her reds so we stuck to Saumur Champigny a red only appellation. We visited two estates both top winemakers before taking a quick visit the Gratien and Meyer sparkling wine house on the way back to  Saumur. Stephanie and Joanna are off to Champagne so I thought it was worth giving them a chance to compare notes.

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

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Trevor and Patsy with the winemaker Hubert

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We were lucky today with the weather for our wine tour in Anjou and Saumur country. I arrived to collect our guests Trevor and Patsy in Montreuil Bellay with some rain. As soon as we set off it stopped and we had a pleasant September day for our adventure. We started in the morning with a tour of a beautiful chateau estate where the harvest of the chenin grapes for the sparkling Saumur wines was in progress so Trevor and Patsy were able to witness the process of the grapes arriving at the wine room to be pumped into the press and then down into the underground tank for settlement before being pumped up into the stainless steel vats for fermentation. The grapes were picked at 10.5% potential alcohol for the first fermentation.

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

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The local tipping point in our commune for the discarded berry skins to be sent to the local distiller

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We continue with the harvest in the central Loire with the harvesting of the white and red grapes for the sparkling wines. As I said before hand picked for Cremant and machine picked for Saumur mousseux. As you can see from the pic the local pick up point for the discarded pressed berry skins has both white and red. In France the tax on wine makers  by the government is via the discard of the by-products of the wine making processes. So wine made from pressed berries means that the berry skins are sent to the local industrial distiller to make into alcohol for industrial uses such in hospitals and other processes. The initial settlement sediment from the white and pink prime juice is also sent to the distillery which ferments this and turns it into alcohol. The French are very good at using everything in the process and nothing goes to waste. At the end of the distillation all the mash goes off to be used as fertilizer. How good is that.

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

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Our manoir de Gourin guests

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A joyous dinner tonight with our eight guests at Manoir de Gourin. A candlelit dinner with Karin’s lovely menu and our local wines. Sometime after midnight we finished a long and friendly evening with our guests. A  starter of stuffed peppers and our garden cherry toms, a main of chicken a la karin with her  reserved lemons and chicken and a delicious Swedish chocolate cake given to Karin by our friend Catharina. Saumur rouge and Saumur Blanc wines served and also a Cabernet d’Anjou medium pink. What diversity we have here in the Loire Valley.

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

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harvesting fot the Saumur Brut in the Loire valley

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The vendange goes on apace here in the Loire valley France. We are picking the chardonnay and chenin blanc for the sparkling whites of Saumur and Cremant de Loire. By machine its Saumur and by hand its Cremant. Cremant has a robust list of regulations from the picking right through to the ageing sur lie. 9 months for Saumur and 12 months for Cremant. In our part of the central Loire the berries have reached around 11% alcohol which is about right for sparkling, A further 1.5% is added on the second fermentation when sugar and yeast is added in the bottle for Methode Traditionelle. However if you are making sparkling by the Methode Ancestrale then you wait until the berries have reached 12.5% as the second fermentation uses the natural yeast and sugar from the berries. In my view a better way as it adds much more flavour and structure to the finished wine.

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

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